Welcome! My name is Nina Bhola, I was born in Kenya. I am currently living in the Netherlands.
I grew up and studied in Nairobi until I was 18. After completing my undergraduate education in Biology and Environmental Management in 2002 at the University of Keele in the UK, I worked with the World Wide Fund for Nature in Eastern Africa (WWF- EARPO) for 3 years.
I received a scholarship in 2005 for a two-year Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Groningen. The Top-Master program is a highly motivating program that enables young scientists to develop various skills in preparation for further research. I then received a four-year PhD position at the same university in 2008.
My areas of interest fall broadly under two categories: Research and Management. I am interested in designing and monitoring the effectiveness of protected areas. I am interested in improving data sets used in assessments and modeling efforts that guide conservation. I enjoy organizing workshops with partners to identify monitoring metrics, establish sampling designs, choose target conservation locations and subsequently to examine and interpret data to inform policy makers.
My goal is to provide technical advice to conservation organizations and to coordinate design and facilitate implementation of monitoring systems that will contribute towards assessing the effectiveness of different conservation-related activities for achieving improved ecosystem management and human well being.