Cynthia Malone (she/her/hers) is a scholar, scientist, and organizer from NYC. Following a decade of research on the conservation of wildlife and ecosystems globally, Cynthia is dedicated to abolitionist approaches to environmental stewardship and Black liberation. Her current research unpacks scientific racism in the applied natural sciences and how Black peoples across the diaspora contest this racism in land-based struggle, scholarship, and music. Cynthia has been invested in political education and direct action organizing in the movement for Black lives since 2015. She is a member and former organizing co-chair of BYP100’s NYC Chapter. In 2017 she was named one of Grist magazine’s 50 “Fixers” in recognition of her leadership in advocacy for equity in conservation and STEM. Cynthia holds a Masters in Conservation Biology from Columbia University, where she worked with farmers in southwest Cameroon to understand conflicts with wildlife amidst the expansion of industrial oil palm plantations. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Zoology and in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she completed an honors thesis on the nesting ecology of Bornean orangutans in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.
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