Krithi Karanth

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K. Krithi Karanth
EducationB.S. and B.A. in Environmental Science and Geography, University of Florida; M.E.Sc in Environmental Science, Yale University;PhD Environmental Science and Policy, Duke University;Post Doctoral, Columbia University[1]
Alma materDuke University, Yale University
OccupationWildlife Conservation, Conservation Biology, Carnivora Biology
Years active2001 to present
EmployerCentre for Wildlife Studies, Ramanujan Fellow
Known forConservation
Home townBangalore
Parent(s)father: K. Ullas Karanth
WebsiteDr K. Krithi Karanth, CWS

Krithi Karanth is a conservation biologist based in Bangalore, India. She is currently the executive director at the Center for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore.[2] She works on issues such as human-animal conflict and land use change.


She has been conducting research on conservation issues in India since 2001. Her work includes study of mammal extinctions, effects of anthropogenic pressures, voluntary resettlement of people, tourism trends, human-wildlife conflicts, resource and land use change around Indian parks. She started her first field project in Bhadra in the year 2002. Where she studied the voluntary resettlement of people.[3] During her PhD at Duke University, Krithi studied the mammals in India that had gone extinct between 1850 and 2000[2]

In popular culture[edit]

She was named an INK Fellow and spoke in the 2013 INK Conference. Krithi has also spoken in TEDxMAIS in 2013 and TEDxGateway in 2014

Honours and awards[edit]

  • In 2011 she was honoured as National Geographic Society's 10,000th grantee.
  • She was selected as National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2012.[2]
  • She was selected as one of India's Power Women by Femina in 2012.
  • Women of the Year by Elle India 2013.
  • 2019 Women Of Discovery Award[4]


  1. ^ "Krithi K. Karanth Duke Environment". Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Bhumika, K. (19 July 2014). "Queen of conservation". The Hindu. India. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  3. ^ Krithi, K Karanth (12 November 2005). "Addressing Relocation and Livelihood Concerns". Economic and Political Weekly. 40 (46): 4809–4811. doi:10.2307/4417388.
  4. ^ Bagchi, Apeksha (27 December 201). "Wildlife Conservation Scientist Dr. Krithi Karanth Wins 2019 Women Of Discovery Award". IWB. Retrieved 7 January 2019.