Cheli Cresswell

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 a 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.

I have completed eight 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.

I was a Teaching Assistant for the MSc course in Biodiversity, Conservation, & Management for 2015-2017. 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.

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. Currently, my main project is with the #ConservationOptimism movement.

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