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Joshua Plotnik

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Assistant Professor, Hunter College

Joshua Plotnik, Ph.D. is a comparative psychologist and conservation behavior researcher who has studied elephant cognition and conservation in Thailand since 2007. Recently, Josh has been working with students and colleagues in Thailand and Myanmar to understand how research on animal behavior and cognition can be applied directly to the mitigation of human-wildlife conflict. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York in New York City. He is also the founder of Think Elephants International, a U.S. non-profit charity focused on conservation education in the U.S. and Thailand. Josh is a member of the IUCN Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force and the IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group and has earned degrees from both Emory University (M.A. and Ph.D., Psychology) and Cornell University (B.S., Animal Science). 

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