Elsa was a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Earth System Science. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and a postdoctoral researcher for the Carnegie Insittiute for Science.
Her research focuses on forest transitions and issues of sustainable land and natural resource use in Cameroon from a landscape perspective. A particular focus of her work is aimed at understanding the role of globalization and agricultural expansion on land use changes in Central Africa. She employs an integrative methods approach that combines techniques including remote sensing, GIS, ecology, economics and modeling.
Her past work has included research and applied conservation experience in marine and forest environments in the Comoros, Madagascar, Equatorial Guinea and Rwanda. Elsa’s current work is now focused on the tropical forest regions of Central Africa. She also holds an M.A. in Conservation Biology from the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University.