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M. Vikas
Environmental Science Specialist, Center for Healthy Minds

M. Vikas works at the Loka Initiative as an Environmental Science Specialist. Vikas has a PhD in Environment & Resources from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master's degree in Conservation Ecology & Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Vikas' research focuses on human-wildlife interactions and forestry practices and has previously worked in India as an attorney with a non-profit focusing on raptor conservation as well as with corporate law firms.

When not researching leopards or linkages between personal, community and planetary resilience, Vikas likes to hike, watch horror movies, play musical instruments, paint and sketch, cook, learn new languages and spend time with housemate Bharu, a 7-year-old rescue cat.


Ph.D., Environment & Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Master of Science, Conservation Ecology and Environmental Policy and Planning, University of Michigan

Legum Baccalaureus (LL.B.), University of Delhi

Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in History, Hindu College, University of Delhi