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Meera Lee Sethi

Meera Lee Sethi

Meera Lee Sethi (she/her) has lived many lives, in all of which she has been driven by a desire to better understand the world and its human and non-human inhabitants. She is a community ecologist whose interests revolve around how climate change affects the relationships between plants and insects, how people form lasting relationships with nature, and how to create more just and equitable communities of science. She is currently working with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington (UW) to study the ways in which hosting undergraduate scholars from diverse backgrounds can impact workplace culture and catalyze change within conservation organizations.

Meera is also an adjunct instructor of ecology and environmental sciences. She has a Ph.D in Biology from UW (2021) and a Masters in Children’s Literature and Teaching from Simmons College (2004).

Support the Conservation Scholars Program

The Conservation Scholars Fund directly supports students who are pursuing a career in conservation through the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington. Effective conservation strategies are inclusive, involving a diversity of stakeholders and incorporating multiple values. Yet, the conservation community does not reflect the collective voice of our country. Without a significant, serious and immediate increase in diversity and inclusion, the conservation community will become a movement of the past instead of a guiding principle of the future. Our program aims to change that.