Age: 22
Home Town: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Education: BSc- Bachelor of Science, Biology, Duke University
Specific Field Interests: The inter-connection between the environment, public health, and sustainable livelihoods
Placement: Keystone Foundation - Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu
Area of Focus: Livelihoods

Highlights: Audra believes that India beautifully embodies the inter-relation between people, the environment, and the health of both systems. She is thrilled to be in such a diverse place, both in terms of people and the natural world. She loves that AIF tackles issues from a multi-faceted angle and challenges such as education are also considered connected to health, economy, the environment, equality and feels that it is this interconnected approach that will make changes. Audra wants to combine her passion for environmental justice, activism for local populations, and cultural appreciation during this fellowship, and hopes to gain insight to apply these passions even more so her work. She has traveled around the world, from Madagascar to the Amazon doing odd jobs from primate fieldwork to environmental education with local schools. These experiences have taught her to be versatile and adaptable, and how to fall quickly in love with a new place.

To Listen.

I am the roach
I will encroach
And feast upon on the Shola land
Takes its food and leave but sand
 
I am blanket, a sea of green
Once

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Two Mangoes, One Leg

For months I had been practicing the language. The first several weeks I had painstakingly practiced the script and alphabet, teaching my wrist to twist and swivel ornate shapes that

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Stuff Happens

Fresh out of college and naïve to the 10 month fellowship experience I was about to embark on, I had implement the good ol’ “fake it ‘til you make it”

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She walks with me

She walks with me.
 
It’s about 5:30 p.m. on a weekday and people are wrapping up work on the campus. I have one last email to send and half

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Fire and Water

In these blue hills, there are water-replenishing Shola forests that meander alongside the waterways with fat-cat-sized Malabar squirrels that bound along the treetops. There are mixed morning sounds of church

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She.

 
She.
Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
She came to them in the night. They were scared, at a loss, and gave no consideration to hope, but she sought them out and came.

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Those Who Hunt Honey

It takes several hours. Hours to plan ahead with the right questions and to establish the right connections. Hours to drive out to the villages and hamlets hidden within the

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I Will Not Wait for Hindsight

Prior to India:
I worked at the largest Lemur Conservation Research Center in the world; a place that had profound experience with these wild, endangered species. I saw the tiny

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