Dr Nina Bhola

Programme Officer for the Protected Areas Programme

Role: CCI collaborative projects, Project team member


My role is to provide support and scientific input to technical projects and support the development of work related connectivity and protected area management effectiveness. In particular, identifying available tools that can be used to improve the way we measure connectivity and management effectiveness.

I have a PhD in ecology from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. My thesis focuses on investigating the effects of climate and land use changes on the spatio-temporal dynamics of wildlife and vegetation within protected areas and their surrounding pastoral rangelands in Africa. I worked with the World Wide Fund for Nature-Eastern Africa Programme (WWF- EARPO). I have extensive knowledge of large biodiversity datasets, particularly in Africa. My expertise is in long-term biodiversity monitoring in PAs, statistical analyses and GIS. I am currently working towards providing options for scaling-up conservation ambitions in light of the development of the post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy.