Dana Baker

Academic Year: 
From Yale
Exchange Partners: 
University of Ghana
Research Interest: 
Community conservation and the influence of international environmental governance on the use of natural resources in Ghana

Dana Baker received her Master of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Her academic and professional focus is driven by a passion for ocean conservation, ecosystem restoration, and sustainable community development.  Her interest lies in science-based approaches to biodiversity conservation driven, and supported, by the local community. Previously, she has worked and consulted for IUCN Oceania, the Global Environment Facility, and the United Nations Development Program.  Before graduate school, Dana spent three years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer working as a rural environmental educator in Tanzania.  As a Fox Fellow (2015-2016), Dana will conduct a comparative analysis of community conservation programs across Ghana.  Her work will investigate the influence of international governance frameworks on the use of natural resources at the community level.