Gao Yufang

Ph.D. student in Conservation and Anthropology

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Contact

Email:
Skype: yufang.gao

Mailing Address
Yale School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
USA

 

Degrees

Master of Environmental Science, Yale University
Bachelor of Biological Science, Peking University

About

Gao Yufang is a Chinese conservationist specializing in the interdisciplinary research and practice of wildlife conservation. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Peking University and an M.S. in Environmental Sciences from Yale University, and he is currently pursuing a combined doctoral degree in wildlife conservation and sociocultural anthropology. Before starting his doctoral studies, Gao was the executive director of the Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) Snow Leopard Conservation Center. He has also actively participated in the global efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade. His published research into the illegal ivory trade has helped the international community to achieve a more comprehensive and contextual understanding of China’s ivory markets, thereby contributing to a more broad and effective coalition for African elephant conservation.

Gao actively shares his work with scholars, conservationists, decision-makers, and the general public. He was the winner of the "best talk" prizes in both the Student Conference on Conservation Science in New York (2013) and in Australia (2015). He was invited to speak at the IUCN African Elephant Summit (2013) in Botswana, the CITES-Chinese Government International Workshop on Demand-side Strategies for Curbing Illegal Ivory Trade (2015) in China, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium (keynote, 2017) among other conferences. Besides, he has delivered lectures and public speeches to thousands of people in China and abroad to raise public awareness for conservation. He is a research associate of the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative. He is also a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme, a National Geographic Society Explorer and the winner of the 2016 Marsh Award for Terrestrial Conservation Leadership.

Gao's doctoral dissertation project looks into the complex interactions between humans and wildlife on the eastern Tibetan Plateau from the perspectives of multiple disciplines including cultural anthropology, conservation biology, and policy sciences. He is passionate about working with concerned individuals and groups to promote nature conservation and human dignity in China and worldwide. 

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