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Thandi Mweetwa receives Russell Train Fellowship from the World Wildlife Fund

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thandi Mweetwa, a graduate student advised by Dr. Dave Christianson, has been awarded a Russell Train Fellowship from the World Wildlife Fund. The highly competitive international fellowship provides funding for graduate studies in conservation-related fields. The title of her work is “African lion demography across two critical populations in Zambia”. Thandi is employing a novel set of techniques including direct observation of lions and indirect detection of pregnancy from lion fecal samples to describe survival and reproduction inside and outside of protected areas in Zambia. She works closely with Zambian government officials, local conservation organization, and local schools to disseminate her research. Thandi was also awarded a Disney Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation from the Wildlife Conservation Network in March.