Ruchi Patel

Ruchi Patel

Email: 
Phone: 
814-865-3433
Office Address: 
328 Walker Building
Title: 
Graduate Student (M.S.)
Unit: 
Department of Geography
Expertise: 
  • conservation and development
  • Latin America
Faculty Advisor(s): 

I am a second-year Masters student in the Geography Department at Penn State University, University Park. I have a BS in Ecology & Natural Resources from Rutgers University. After graduating in 2013, I served over two years in the Peace Corps working as an environmental conservation educator and consultant in the Atlantic Forest region of southern Paraguay. Following the Peace Corps, I worked in program support for the US EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics in Washington, D.C.

My research interests include tropical forest conservation, livelihoods, and sustainable development. My thesis examines historic and present discourses and design of conservation corridors in Mesoamerica in order to deconstruct the motivations, priorities, and challenges behind this particular model of integrated conservation and development.