Dr Pia Sethi is Fellow and Area Convener of the Centre for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at TERI. She has more than 15 years of experience in ecological and policy-based research on biodiversity, natural resource degradation and forest governance. Dr. Sethi has an MS degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland. She earned her Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Illinois in 2010 where she studied the consequences of defaunation on forest dynamics in the foothill forests of the Eastern Himalaya and extensively researched the effects of human-induced degradation on the ecology of forest ecosystems. She has been the team leader of several assignments on biodiversity, land use and forestry for clients such as the World Bank, SIDA, JICA, GEF and MOEF&CC, amongst others. These include policy-influential studies on the economics of land degradation in India for MOEF& CC, a World Bank sponsored study to carry out strategic biodiversity planning for the States of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, a GIZ sponsored study on human-animal conflicts and a GEF-Satoyama-Conservation International Japan supported study to mainstream community conservation in socio-ecological productive landscapes of North-East India.
Dr Sethi has published extensively in international high impact journals including Conservation Biology, and co-authored a book on community forest management. She is an alumni of the Conservation Leadership Program/Wildlife Conservation Society fellowship, USA and the Chevening Programme, UK.