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Cheli Cresswell

University of Oxford
DPhil Candidate
Oxford, UK
I'm a DPhil (PhD) candidate at University of Oxford, working on the futures for citizen science in conservation and looking at how fully taking advantage of the capacities of everyday technology can facilitate more effective, localized, and democratized conservation policy and practice.

I believe optimism in conservation is important because hope is a more empowering emotion than fear, and if we are to engage the billions of people who live on this planet who are neither 'scientists' nor 'conservationists' to help ensure the health and longevity of our ecosystems and their wildlife, we have to begin by empowering and inspiring them.

I'm also on the #ConservationOptimism Summit 2017 Steering Committee.