Greetings! I’m excited to be here in India and start to get involved trying to help understand and work to overcome some of the problems facing the world’s largest democracy. Over the next ten months, I hope to develop a better understanding of Indian culture and history and gain a deeper understanding of day-to-day life in India. Being such an populous nation, India provides a unique look into the issues that the world will face in the coming decades trying to manage the needs of it’s ever growing population. My goal is to impart whatever wisdom I may about how to better manage our environment and natural resources for the benefit of all its stakeholders. Moreover, I want to take what I learn and experience here in India about population dynamics and social services and be able to apply that to future endeavors. Most importantly, this country and its diverse ethnic, cultural, and historical background has always been a source of immense curiosity for me and I can’t wait to experience what I can of what India has to offer. Stay tuned!
As an undergraduate, Andrew became interested in sustainable resource management while spending a semester in the Turks and Caicos Islands studying marine resource management and policy. As an employee of the marine resources department in Ecuador's Galapagos National Park, he worked towards mitigating human impacts on indigenous species by developing and implementing baseline surveys successfully culminating in a bilateral land exchange program to better serve the park while still protecting the interests of the local community. He also performed baseline water quality testing in the local community, providing empirical evidence and assisting in the renovation of a water treatment facility. Then, as manager of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program's headquarters in Equatorial Guinea, he supported ecologists in their endeavors to better understand the unique flora and fauna of Bioko Island. In addition to managing the logistical and the bureaucratic aspects of the organization, Andrew developed eco-tourism and educational ventures aimed at increasing community empowerment and independence. Andrew's interests lie in ecologically conscious business modeling and community empowerment through sustainable developments and agro-business.