Sarika is a scientist and science impact practitioner and has published work in peer-review journals, produced content for popular media outlets, and been named a Fulbright Scholar and National Geographic Explorer. She obtained her B.S. in biology at Gonzaga University and is currently a PhD candidate at Columbia University while running the non-profit, Wild Tiger, which she founded in 2015. Sarika has done ecological research across the United States, Ecuador, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Peru, and India and has worked with a range of endangered species, including frogs and sea turtles, and in diverse social contexts. Today, she has dedicated her work to conservation issues in central India and tigers. She does research on forest health and forest livelihoods using a variety of methods, including household surveys and satellite imagery analysis. In addition, she examines the global trade in tiger parts with a particular focus on the United States, with the ultimate aim of reducing the poaching of wild tigers.
Adv Mridula Vijayaraghavan specializes in wildlife & environmental law and has worked on some landmark cases. She was working with WCS till very recently and now exploring options to study further.