Dara Albrecht joined the Environmental Law Institute as a Research Associate in August 2023. Her current work includes assisting with the Climate Judiciary Project. She also contributes to the Environmental Law Reporter. Prior to joining ELI, Dara pursued desert ecology research at the University of Sydney in Australia and served as an assistant editor and writer for articles published in “Biodiversity Islands: Strategies for Conservation in Human-Dominated Environments (2022).” Other work includes translating the Reef Environmental Education Foundation’s citizen science material to Spanish to increase their accessibility for South Florida’s Latinx communities and leading conservation planning projects with the US Forest Service and California Bureau of Land Management. Dara is a two-time awardee of the Richter Fellowship, and is also a Curtis Travelling Fellow, Bruce M. Babcock Travel Research Fellow, and Tetelman Fellow for International Research in Sciences. Dara is passionate about using science to develop successful conservation planning and shape policy. As a Peruvian citizen with roots in the Amazon, she is an advocate for cross-cultural environmental collaboration and developing just solutions for vulnerable communities who are impacted by climate change.
Dara is a recent graduate from Yale University with a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Biodiversity and Conservation. Her senior thesis was an independent research project focused on the stoichiometry of caribou diet across Newfoundland and its conservation implications. Dara would like to honor with gratitude all the ancestral stewards of this land, past and present, and acknowledge the ancestral and unceded native territory on which ELI sits today.