Kelsey Hartman is a second-year Master of Environmental Management (MEM) candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). She is interested in the intersection of conservation and rural development, and the complex socioeconomic systems, institutions, and values shaping both. Previously, Kelsey worked with the World Wildlife Fund’s Greater Mekong river stewardship program, facilitating international efforts to safeguard the ecological integrity of the Mekong River. Other work includes grassroots conservation projects and population ecology research in Madagascar. Her current research is on community-based conservation, focusing on the social process of conservation and resource management in Ecuador’s dry forests. Kelsey co-leads the Environmental Justice at Yale (EJAY) student interest group and is a teaching fellow for the Conservation Biology course. Kelsey graduated cum laude from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and a minor in Marine Science and Policy.