Experts' profiles - Zinta Zommers
Zinta Zommers
For the past two years, Zinta Zommers has been working with the United Nations Environment Programme as a coordinating lead author of Chapter 1 of the Global Environment Outlook Report. Zinta is one of the youngest authors to work on the report. She believes that balancing human development with preservation of the environment remains the central challenge for youth today. The Global Environment Outlook Report explores past progress and failures, and illuminates ways we can shape out future positively.

As a Commonwealth and Rhodes scholar, Zinta is currently pursuing a DPhil in Zoology with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford. Her research examines human use of ecosystem services in Budongo Forest, Uganda, and its impact on chimpanzee populations. Zinta graduated from the University of Toronto in 2003 with a H.BSc. in biology and environmental studies. In her research, Zinta has explored the interaction between human and natural worlds, and the impact of this complex relationship on wildlife. Much of her work has focused on great apes. In 2002, Zinta studied foraging techniques of rehabilitant orangutans at the Wanariset Orangutan Reintroduction Programme in Balikpapan, Indonesia. In 2000, Zinta assisted the Canadian Great Ape Alliance with a study of cultural attitudes of Cameroonian children towards gorillas and the bushmeat trade, and designed an educational programme about the bushmeat trade for the Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund. Zinta also conducted an environmental assessment of urban slums in Varanasi, India with World Literacy of Canada.

In 2005, Zinta earned an M.Phil. in Development Studies at the University of Oxford. In her M.Phil. thesis she explored the ability of epidemiological models to account for emerging diseases from wildlife.

Zinta first began working for UNEP as an intern at the Sioux Falls, USA, office of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment.
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