TARA SAYURI WHITTY, PhD
I am a social-ecological conservation researcher and educator, project evaluator, curious traveler, ocean enthusiast, writer, dilettante-ish language learner, ally-collaborator & Communication Regulation Partner (CRP) to my amazing minimally-speaking autistic brother, and a generally-concerned-with-social-justice human. I also make really good seitan.
Welcome to the Conservation Realist publication!
In the conservation world, there are often starry-eyed calls for optimism. “Hope spots” and “bright spots.” A common rallying cry: “We have to show that it’s not all doom and gloom!”
What’s often ignored is that there is a vast and rich middle ground between optimism and doom. It’s realism. And we need more of it to be incorporated in mainstream conservation conversations and actions.Keep reading
Global Conservation & My Disregarded To-Do Lists About a year ago, I had a mini-revelation about international conservation that madeContinue reading “Global Conservation & My Disregarded To-Do Lists”
As a conservation researcher whose work focuses on the interactions between conservation efforts and communities, a critically important part of my job is to better understand people.
With thoughtful and responsible use, Design Thinking can substantially contribute to more effective, equitable, and ethical conservation practices.
Travel, if done thoughtfully, makes us feel more like citizens of the world rather than being defined by the perimeter of…Keep reading
Rounds of the Sun: Commemoration in a time of Pandemic My father died in 2018, of pneumonia following a brutal flu infection. The experience of watching him wither away on a ventilator, and the profound, immense world of emotion and realization that I fell…Keep reading