McArd Joseph Mlotha, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England (AUNE), recently completed a six-month internship with the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. He was a researcher in a scientific study of protected area degazettement, downgrading, and downsizing (PADDD) in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and the implications of PADDD for conservation efforts.
Joseph focused on Africa. He investigated and evaluated the diverse patterns, trends and causes of PADDD in numerous countries from 1900 to 2009, the impact on conservation, and identifying predictors. He plans to publicly present his preliminary findings in the near future.
The complete results, a scientific assessment of PADDD patterns, trends and causes on three continents, will be published in peer-reviewed literature for the conservation community for the purpose of informing conservation policy and practice.
Joseph, a native of Malawi, is a past recipient of the Jonathan Daniels Fellowship scholarship and former managing director of AUNE’s Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation.
A geographic information systems analyst, his research interests include land-use history and cover-change analysis, and natural resources management planning. He has worked on projects both in the United States and Africa, has published several papers and holds a master of arts degree in Geographic Information Sciences for Development and Environment from Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts.