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MSc student receives grant to further her work in Australia

Published on
February 1, 2022

Naomi Ploos van Amstel, a Masters student from the Forest & Nature Conservation Policy group, has received a PhD grant from Griffiths University, Australia.

Her research in Australia will forus on how a crisis (eg. Covid/climate) affects conservation and connected communities. It aims to develop community conservation strategies which are more resilient to crisis.

Naomi did her Masters work on the tortoise panopticon theory, and has already resulted in a publicaiton in Geoforum.

Her thesis supervisor in FNP, dr. Koen Arts says: "What I like about her work is that it is conceptually innovative, in that it combines panopticon theory and practice theory into a 'tortoise panopticon'. It also provides very concrete suggestions for conservation management by identifying suitable release sites for radiated tortoices."

FNP's research coordinator dr. Verina Ingram adds: "Naomi shows other students what's possible. Congratulations to her!"

Radiated tortoise in its natural habitat, among the traditional graves of the Antandroy people of Southern Madagascar
Radiated tortoise in its natural habitat, among the traditional graves of the Antandroy people of Southern Madagascar