Emma Garcia Cardwelll
Graduate Researcher, Ph.D. Student

Emma (she/her/ella) is a PhD student in the Environmental Studies Program at CU Boulder studying human-environment interactions at the intersection of environmental conservation and social justice, with a focus on applying a restorative justice approach to community-based conservation. In addition to her Bachelor's in Wildlife Ecology and Master's in Public Policy, Emma has over 10 years of experience in the conservation realm, including working on projects domestically and internationally with an array of species, habitats, and various human communities. Emma's interests include wildlife and habitat conservation, indigenous studies, policy, ecology, and social justice. Emma is also committed to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) both within and outside of her focus areas, including in the conservation and academic communities. Outside of her studies, Emma enjoys reconnecting to the land, whether it's through gardening, biking, hiking, climbing, birding, walking her dog, or simply sitting under (or hugging) a tree.