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Nikhil Advani

Director, Climate, Communities and Wildlife

Nikhil  Advani
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Dr. Nikhil Advani leads WWF's work on climate, communities and wildlife. This includes researching how wildlife and rural communities are being affected by changes in weather and climate, and developing and implementing solutions to help them adapt. Nikhil's recent projects include an initiative to crowdsource data and implement climate adaptation projects for rural communities (WWF Climate Crowd), a Wildlife and Climate assessment series to research species vulnerability to climate change, creation of a Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund to help at risk species adapt to climate change, and he is a member of the IUCN SSC Climate Change Specialist Group. In 2019 he was awarded the Emerging Leader Award by The College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin.

Nikhil was born and brought up in Kenya, and went on to pursue his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin. His thesis focused on gaining a better mechanistic understanding of species response to climate change, using the Glanville Fritillary butterfly as a model species. He then worked for the Nature Conservancy in Texas, prior to joining WWF in 2013.

“Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and species all over the world are already being impacted. We must implement strategies to help them adapt, both through direct human interventions, and by facilitating their natural capacity to adapt to these changes. ”

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Director

Education

  • Ph.D. - Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, The University of Texas at Austin
  • B.Sc. - Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, The University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change and species
  • Biological impacts of climate change
  • Human responses to climate change
  • Climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies
  • Ecology, evolution and conservation biology

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