Curriculum Vitae

TENZING INGTY

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SUMMARY

I am a conservation biologist with over a decade’s international experience in academia and as a practitioner. I have conducted multidisciplinary research and community development projects on natural resource management, conservation biology, and sustainability sciences. I am seeking to obtain a full-time position in an intellectually stimulating environment where I can use my training in diverse tools and techniques from the natural sciences, social sciences, and geospatial sciences. I am looking to build collaborations with experts across disciplines and communicate research with scientific and non-academic audiences.

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Software

  • Statistical programming in R and MATLAB.

  • Geospatial tools: ArcGIS and QGIS.

  • Google cloud office suite (doc, drive, sheets, slides) and Microsoft office software.


Research

  • Excellent record of writing grant proposals, peer review articles, project reports, books, and book chapters for both academic and community development projects.

  • Experienced in conducting field research, data collection, entry, and analysis.


Project management

  • Strong operations, administration, and project coordination skills.

  • Ability to plan and implement projects both independently and with colleagues.

  • Experienced at conducting Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and possess good community mobilization skills.

  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation of projects.


Other

  • Ability to collaborate remotely across geographies and platforms. Well-developed interpersonal skills, maturity, credibility, confidence, and integrity.

  • Excellent presentation (awarded) and communication skills.

  • Languages: Fluent in English (speaking, reading, writing), Hindi (speaking, reading, writing), Nepali (speaking), Garo (speaking).

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Environmental Biology University of Massachusetts Boston

M.Sc. Botany University of Delhi

B.Sc. Botany Northeastern Hill University


WORK EXPERIENCE

Consultant (01/2019 — 4/2020)

Global-Environment Facility-MoEFCC (Government of India)- United Nations Development Programme funded project at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India

  • INR 4,842,000 (~$67,700), UNDP SECURE HIMALAYA Programme. Designing a comprehensive human-wildlife conflict (HWC) management strategy in select districts/landscapes of Sikkim.

  • Lead writer: Designed the proposal including budget, field methods and timeline.

  • Headed the research and implementation team comprising of graduates (Master’s), undergraduates (Bachelors) and local community members.

  • Conducted the field research, collected and analyzed all data.

  • Responsible for writing all project reports and disseminating information to all stakeholders.

  • Conducted multiple workshops across different stakeholder groups (state government, district government, local communities, academics and media).

  • Facilitated knowledge transfer horizontally (among local communities from different parts of the state, different government departments) and vertically (local communities to ward, district and state governments).

  • Developed standard operating procedures and, capacity and training needs assessments for human wildlife conflict in the state (both government and non-government sectors).

Graduate Teaching Assistant/ Lab instructor (09/2014 — present)

Biology Department, University of Massachusetts Boston, MA, USA

  • Taught undergraduate biology courses (Introduction to biology -Bio 112 and Bio 111) as a teaching assistant.

  • Conducted laboratory classes and supported the lecture component.

  • Have taught over 250 undergraduate students from a diverse background (over 10 different countries).

  • Have used flip classroom technique and design thinking technique besides numerous digital tools.


Graduate Research Assistant (09/2013 — present)

  • Biology Department, University of Massachusetts Boston, MA, USA

  • Assisted writing grant proposals, peer review papers and designing new courses.

  • Reviewed RFP’s and TOR’s to ensure requirements were addressed and incorporated win themes.Co-authored 3 book chapters and 1 peer review papers

Senior Research Fellow (08/2012 — 08/2013)

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India

  • 2012-2013, $106,590: START-CDKN Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia Program: Linking Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Landscape Development Goals in the Eastern Himalaya.

  • 2011-2013, INR 1,000,000: DBT (GOI) Technological Innovations and Ecological Research for the Sustainable Use of Bioresources in Sikkim.

  • Led part of the team to conduct the field research, collected and analyzed data for both projects

  • Wrote part of the reports for both projects.

  • Conducted multiple workshops across different stakeholder groups (state government, district government, local communities and academics) for both projects.


Research Assistant (08/2009 — 08/2012)

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India

  • Principal investigator. 2010-2012, INR 518,000 ($ 7240), ATREE Small Grants for research in Northeast India supported by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment. Impacts of climate change on the patterns of natural resource utilization by the local communities in the alpine regions of the Eastern Himalayas and the resultant response based on their traditional ecological knowledge.

  • Principal investigator. 2010-2011, INR 100,000 ($1400), ATREE NORAGRIC Small Grants Programme. Response of indigenous communities in the alpine Sikkim Himalaya to climate change.

Intern (04/2005 — 11/2005)

  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project on “Forests for Biodiversity and Well Being.” Hosted by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2015 & 2016 Sanofi Genzyme and Oracle Doctoral Fellowship.

2015 Crowdsource funded a Kickstarter.com project on a coffee table book titled “Framed Himalaya Lachen Valley”.

2014 Honorable Mention- Talk at SCCS, New York. Awarded by American Museum of Natural History, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.

2012 New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) Greenathon photography competition.

2010-2012 ATREE MacArthur Foundation Small Grants for research in Northeast India.

2010-2011 ATREE NORAGRIC Small Grants Programme

CERTIFICATION AND WORKSHOPS

8/2019 Conducted expert’s consultation workshop on “Designing a comprehensive human-wildlife conflict (HWC) management strategy in select districts/ landscapes of Sikkim”, UNDP SECURE HIMLAYA programme. India.

4/2019 Conducted expert’s consultation workshop on “Policy Consultation on Temperate-alpine Grasslands: Himalayan Perspectives”, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Sikkim, India

07/2018 Conducted workshop on “PRA and other Appreciative Enquiry techniques and methods of participatory research particularly involving local communities”, Sikkim University. India.

10/2015 National Geographic Storytelling Bootcamp, Washington D.C.


06/2014 Visioning Food, Health and Energy Sovereignty: Ways forward for Research and Practice. International Society of Ethnobiology.


05/2014 Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Social & Behavioral Research Investigators and key Personnel Curriculum Completion Report.


01/2013 Geospatial tools for Conservation Sciences. Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore, India.

11/2011 Statistical tools for qualitative data. Young Ecologists Talk and Interact.

PUBLICATIONS

Book

Ingty T, Subba B, Momin S, Lamsal D (2015) Framed Himalaya: Lachen Valley. Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India.


Refereed Journals

Ingty T, Erb A, Zhang X, Schaaf C, Bawa KS (2021) Reconciling indigenous peoples’ perceptions with meteorological data, and observations from space to document climate change in the Himalaya. AMBIO. [Under Review]

Ingty T, Erb A, Zhang X, Schaaf, C, Bawa, K.S (2021) Climate change is leading to rapid shifts in seasonality in the Himalaya. Scientific Reports. [Submitted]

Ingty, T (2021). Pastoralism in the highest peaks: Role of the traditional grazing systems in maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem function in the alpine Himalaya. PLOS ONE, 16(1), e0245221.

Bawa KS, Ingty T, Revell LJ, Shivaprakash KN (2019). Correlated evolution of flower size and seed number in flowering plants (monocotyledons). Annals of Botany, 123(1), 181–190.

Ingty T (2017) High mountain communities and climate change: adaptation, traditional ecological knowledge, and institutions. Climatic Change, 145(1–2), 41–55.

Aryal A, Shrestha UB, Ji W, Ale SB, Shrestha S, Ingty T, Maraseni T, Cockfield G, Raubenheimer D (2016). Predicting the distributions of predator (snow leopard) and prey (blue sheep) under climate change in the Himalaya. Ecology and Evolution, 6(12), 4065–4075.

Ingty T (2011) Changing with the Seasons. Current Conservation, 5(3), 24–31.


In preparation

Bawa KS, Ingty T (2021). Role of pollinators in driving structure and composition of tropical forests. In preparation.


Book Chapters

Ingty T, Bawa KS (2015) Climate change in Sikkim: Synthesis and a Case Study from Lachen Valley, North Sikkim. In S. Hazarika & R. Banerjee (Eds.), Climate Change in the Eastern Himalaya: Impact on Livelihood, Growth, and Poverty. Academic Publications, Delhi.

Ingty T, Bawa KS (2012) Climate change and indigenous people. In M. L. Arrawatia & S. Tambe (Eds.), Climate Change in Sikkim Patterns, Impacts and Initiatives. (pp. 275–290). Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Sikkim, Gangtok

Bawa KS, Ingty T(2012) Climate Change in Sikkim: A Synthesis. In M. L. Arrawatia & S. Tambe (Eds.), Climate Change in Sikkim Patterns, Impacts and Initiatives. (pp. 413–424). Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Sikkim, Gangtok.

PRESENTATIONS

Conferences

Ingty,T. 2014 Response of agro-pastoral communities to climate change in the Eastern Himalayas. Student Conference on Conservation Science - American Museum of Natural History. New York.

Ingty,T. 2014. Impacts of climate change on patterns of natural resource use of agro-pastoral communities and their response based on traditional ecological knowledge. 14th Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology (Bhutan).

Ingty,T., Bawa,K.S. 2013. Climate Change in Sikkim a Synthesis and perceptions Case Study in Lachen Valley. International Conference on ‘The Eastern Himalaya: Climate Change, Livelihoods and Poverty’. Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research. Jamia Millia Islamia. Delhi.

Ingty,T.2012. Perceptions of agro-pastoral indigenous communities to the cascading effects of climate change- studies form Sikkim, Eastern Himalaya. International Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Food and Environmental Security. SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.

Ingty,T. 2012. Impacts of climate change on patterns of natural resource use by agro-pastoral communities in the Eastern Hilmalayas.3rd National Research Conference on Climate Change. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Ingty,T. 2012. Indigenous people and climate change: impacts and response from the Eastern Himalaya. Society of Conservation Biology (SCB) Asia conference, Bangalore.

Ingty,T. 2011.Changing with the seasons: indigenous peoples perceptions on climate change. Young Ecologists Talk and Interact (YETI), Guwahati.

Ingty,T. 2011. Impacts of climate change on the patterns of natural resources utilization by agro-pastoral communities in the alpine Eastern Himalayas and their response based on their traditional ecological knowledge. ATREE-NORAGRIC small grants programme workshop.

Invited lectures

Ingty,T. 2019. Climate change in the highest peaks: Impacts and responses of indigenous people to changing climatic conditions in the Easter Himalaya. Guest Lecture Biology 112 course. University of Massachusetts Boston. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Ingty,T. 2019.ATREE @20: Two decades of sustainability sciences for India. Dimensions of Sustainability. University of Massachusetts Boston. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Ingty,T. 2018. Impacts of Climate Change on High Altitude Pastoral Farming Communities and Adaptation Strategies. State Level Round Table Meeting-Chintan Bhawan (State Legislative house).Gangtok, Sikkim, India.

Ingty,T. 2015.Going global to local: challenges of urbanization, migration and climate change in the developing world. General Biology II (Biology 112), University of Massachusetts Boston. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Ingty,T. 2010. The melting third pole: climate change in the Himalaya. HSBC Climate Partnership workshop sponsored by the Earthwatch Institute and ATREE, Bangalore, India.

Seminars

Ingty,T. 2015.Response of socio-ecological systems to climate change in alpine ecosystems of the Himalaya. University of Massachusetts Boston Biology Department Fall 2015, Seminar Series. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Posters

Ingty,T. 2018. Reconciling indigenous peoples’ perceptions with climate change data: A case study of high mountain communities in the Himalaya. College of Science and Mathematics Showcase Poster session- University of Massachusetts Boston. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Talks on “Introduction to climate change and what can we do!!” to Students and faculty of Madeira Elementary School, Madeira, Ohio, USA. (2015/2016/2017/2018).

Talk and organized workshops on Environment Day (2011/2012/2013) in Lachen village, Sikkim, India.

Talk and organized workshop on “Disaster risk reduction and climate change” (2012) at the Sub- division level at Chungthang, and Dzongu, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India.

Organized the first woman Self Help Group in Lachen, Sikkim, India.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Reviewer for journals: Climatic change | Conservation Science | Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal, Climate Research.

Society member: International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE). 2014 — present.