image (11)Kesha Cummings

MS Student, Biology and Society
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874601 Tempe, AZ, 85287-4601
Office LSA 209
kscummin@asu.edu

 

Research Interests

While I have always had a love of wildlife and natural resources, I also have grown to have a passion for the conservation of both. My research interests include conservation biology and biodiversity research and how that can be used to fine-tune conservation action and drives meaningful policies. I am currently starting work on the analysis of the Natural Capital Toolkit to determine the strengths and gaps of the collection of biodiversity tools. Through this analysis I aim to determine if there are specific business sectors that are underrepresented and indicate where future research could be done.   

Background

I was born and raised in Arizona. Although we live in a desert, through many trips to the west coast, I found that I had a great interest in the ocean and the sea life within it. As I wasn’t able to visit the ocean on a regular basis, I found other ways to get involved by volunteering at animal rescues with exotic species and participating in local environmental restoration efforts. I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Anthropology from ASU. I participated in post-bacc work assisting and researching behavioral and endocrinology patterns in cetaceans in addition to performing photo-identification work on cetaceans to determine spatial-temporal distribution in the Gulf of California. I look forward to helping research move to policy as I begin to work on research of my own.