Niwaeli Kimambo

PhD Graduate Student

(608) 265-9219

116 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706


Since 2017: Ph.D. Geography, UW-Madison2016: M.Sc. Geography, UW-Madison
2012: B.A. Geologic Sciences and History (Honors), Brown University

Research interests

I research land use and environmental conservation of East African Rift humid forests. I am interested in balancing livelihood concerns with wildlife wellbeing. I use cross-scale methods: combining interviews, field-based ecological surveys, and remote sensing in order to make site-specific recommendations. My Master's work, for example, looked at approaches for increasing forest connectivity in Southern Tanzania. My goal is to highlight conservation options that are both ecologically viable and socially equitable.

Personal interests

I enjoy cooking, gardening, and dancing. I also like discovering new places on foot.

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