About me

Cheli is a DPhil (PhD) student at University of Oxford‘s School of Geography and the Environment. Her research focuses on using big data and citizen science to help map human-wildlife interactions, with a focus on Asian elephants. She holds a Master of Science in Sustainability, and prior to starting her doctorate worked for National Wildlife Federation‘s Campus Ecology program, helping connect and inspire college students to conserve nature and combat global warming, and taught Sustainability and Environmental Communications courses at Lipscomb University. Cheli is currently the TA for the Biodiversity, Conservation, & Management MSc programme at Oxford, and loves travel and learning from other cultures. She also enjoys hiking, wandering Oxford’s many museums, and researching new and innovative ways to address conservation’s most pressing issues.

Research Interests

Citizen Science

Citizen Science refers to scientific work carried out by members of the general public, often in collaboration with (or under the guidance of) professional scientists or scientific institutions. It can serve not only as a tool for the aggregation and analysis of scientific data, but as a way to empower individuals and communities through the democratization and decentralization of knowledge.


Conservation, broadly speaking, refers to scientific biological study with the aim of protecting species, their habitats, and ecosystems from excessive rates of extinction and the erosion of biotic interactions. It is an interdisciplinary subject drawing on both the natural and social sciences, as well as the practice of natural resource management.


The term biodiversity refers to the variety of life on Earth at all its levels, from genes to ecosystems, and the ecological and evolutionary processes that sustain it. Not only is biodiversity important in terms of protecting  threatened or endangered species, it plays an essential role in maintaining the viability of our planet as a habitat for human life.

DPhil Student at University of Oxford

I have completed six terms of my PhD (called a DPhil at Oxford) in the School of Geography and the Environment at University of Oxford. I am an active member of Jesus College, and I belong to the Conservation Governance Lab within the Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Conservation research cluster, supervised by Dr. Paul Jepson. The multidisciplinary nature of my research means I also engage with colleagues in the Zoology department and Oxford Internet Institute regularly.

TA for MSc in Biodiversity

I am the Teaching Assistant for the MSc course in Biodiversity, Conservation, & Management for 2015-2016. In addition to weekly instruction, I also support the programme with special modules on emergent technology and digital media and run the course's social media presence across our multiple platforms. I also assist with the course field trips, both domestic and abroad, and provide thesis support to the students once they begin their individual research projects.

Freelance Digital Media Consultant

I work with a variety of clients to create and improve their online profiles. This involves website design and maintenance as well as social media strategy and oversight. I have worked with American universities and nonprofits, as well as international organizations such as the International Congress for Conservation Biology, and offer services ranging from graphic design and branding to network analysis and impact visualization. I am always happy to consider additional client inquiries!

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