What fosters a rancher’s participation in mitigation to coexist with wolves? This is one of the questions Carol Bogezi, a Ugandan Ph.D. candidate in the Wildlife Science program at the University of Washington, is asking. Bogezi was recently awarded the Bullitt Foundation’s Environment Leadership Award for her research on human-carnivore interactions and coexistence strategies to reduce conflict between people and wildlife. Bogezi’s current research has been focused in the Puget Sound as well as the Methow Valley, and she hopes her work will further wildlife conservation not just in Washington but also in Uganda and throughout the world.
The Bullitt Environmental Prize is awarded to people who have overcome big obstacles and who bring new perspectives to environmental work. Raised on a farm, Bogezi is the oldest child in a large polygamous family, which required her to hone her diplomacy skills early in life. As a young woman in a patriarchal society, she had to overcome social pressures against women, both in her quest for education and again when she took control of her family’s farm after her parents passed away. Through these challenges, Bogezi never lost her passion for science and conservation and in 2012 she received the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Beinecke Africa Wildlife Conservation Scholarship, which allowed her to pursue a PhD in the USA.
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