Neha India Class of 2007
Neha is from Pune and considered MUWCI a home within a home in her years here. She graduated in 2007 and went on to obtain a combined degree in Earth and Space Sciences in Germany, specializing in environmental physics and ranking amongst the President’s list of outstanding academicians.
She voluntarily worked as a wildlife conservationist in Namibia, living in the bush and tagging wild leopards, elephants and lions for 3 months. “The moment in which you feel one with nature is when a wild cape cobra stares you in the eyes from a foot away. That moment defines me.”
Inspired by the beauty and complexity of nature and anthropogenic interactions, she went ahead to obtain a master’s in carbon management at University of Edinburgh in 2011. Since then she has worked towards researching deforestation and forest degradation in miombo woodlands of Namibia, Tanzania and Mozambique, spending months in the wilderness. She uses ground data to verify satellite imagery, with an aim to develop methods to monitor the effects and causes of deforestation remotely. “When I try to trace how my intertwined interests in physics and nature developed, I think back to MUWCI... it taught me to open my eyes to the world.”