Mangaluru, Dec 23, 2018: Acclaimed wildlife researcher Dr. Krithi Karanth has been chosen to receive the 2019 Women of Discovery Award given by WINGS Worldquest.
The WINGS WorldQuest Women of Discovery Awards were established in 2003 to recognize extraordinary women making significant contributions to world knowledge and science through exploration. The other awardees for 2019 WINGS Women of Discovery Award are Dr. Mande Holford, Dr. Laly Lichentenfeld and Dr. Darlene Lim, who are all stalwarts in their respective fields.
Dr. Krithi Karanth will be inducted as a WINGS WorldQuest Fellow during the Women of Discovery Awards Gala at New York on Tuesday, April, 23, 2019.
Since its inception in 2003, WINGS WorldQuest have provided grants to 84 extraordinary women scientist and explorer to continue their path breaking quest in their respective fields. WINGS Outreach has created a strong community of fellows working passionately towards scientific advancement, and enabling women to overcome gender disparity in different fields.
Dr. Krithi Karanth is the Chief Conservation Scientist, Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore. She traces her roots to Dakshina Kannada. She the daughter of globally renowned wildlife biologist Dr. K. Ullas Karanth and the granddaughter of Jnanapeet Awardee Kota Shivaram Karanth, who is considered to be the grand old man of letters of Coastal Karnataka.
Dr. Krithi Karanth is also Adjunct Faculty at Duke and National Centre for Biological Sciences and an Explorer with National Geographic Society. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke, a M.E.Sc. from Yale, and, B.S. and B.A. degrees from University of Florida. Krithi’s research in India spanning 20 years encompasses macro-level studies assessing patterns of species distributions and extinctions, impacts of wildlife tourism, voluntary resettlement, land use change, conservation education and understanding human-wildlife interactions, according to the nomination criteria published by WINGS Worldquest.
She has published more than 90 scientific and popular articles in English and Kannada. Krithi served on the editorial boards of Conservation Biology, Conservation Letters and Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. Krithi has mentored over 100 young scientists from India, the U.S., Australia, and the UK and engaged more than 500 citizen science volunteers in projects, it adds.