Trisha Bhujle (She/Her)

Laidlaw Scholar, Laidlaw Foundation
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About Trisha Bhujle

Hello! I’m Trisha, an incoming third-year student at Cornell University from Texas, USA. I’m majoring in Environment and Sustainability with a concentration in Food Systems, and minoring in International Relations, International Trade and Development, and Climate Change. My interests in combining my enduring passions for writing and wildlife conservation have driven me to explore multiple perspectives on highly-controversial issues such as trophy hunting, retaliatory animal killings, and illegal wildlife crime. Thus, during my first summer as a Laidlaw Scholar and as a member of the Morally Contested Conservation team, I wrote a literature review on the interconnectedness of climate change and human-wildlife conflicts in East and southern Africa. In June 2024, I plan to further this research by traveling to the University of Oxford and to the Burunge Wildlife Management Area in Tanzania. 

As an aspiring environmental policymaker and journalist, I am passionate about making technical scientific information more accessible to the general public. At Cornell, I am an Institute of Politics and Global Affairs Scholar, through which I interact with policymakers monthly to discuss pervasive issues in international politics. I also speak Marathi, Spanish, and Swahili at varying levels of fluency and plan to continue to grow my language skills to communicate environmental issues across continents and cultures. 

For fun, I love to turn even the most mundane materials into recycled art, spend hours on end working through jigsaw puzzles, and go for runs while listening to podcasts. And as a diehard foodie who loves to travel, I’m always looking for recommendations of places to visit or new recipes to try! 

The Laidlaw Scholars Program has been an invaluable component of my undergraduate experience. The friendships I’ve made, as well as the research and language skills I’ve begun to develop, have encouraged me to continue to ask and seek answers to complicated questions about global affairs and environmental science. If anyone has questions or feedback about the Laidlaw Program, is interested in collaborating, or just wants to say hello, please feel free to email me at I’d love to say hi, and I hope we can meet in person someday!

Watch this video for a brief introduction to myself.

I am a/an:

Undergraduate Leadership & Research Scholar


Cornell University

Laidlaw Cohort Year


Research Topic

African Studies Ecology Ethics Ethnic & Racial Studies International Relations Politics Sustainability

Area of Expertise

Diversity and Inclusion Environment Languages Social Sciences

I am from:

United States of America

I speak:

English Marathi Spanish Swahili

My hobbies/interests are:

Cooking/Baking Crafts & DIY Cycling Foreign languages Hiking/walking Houseplants/gardening Meditation Music Nature & environment Podcasts Politics & current events Running/jogging Travelling Writing/blogging

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


Intro Content

Outline Environment Ethnic & Racial Studies Politics

Project Outline: Investigating Morally Contested Conservation

This summer, I will work closely with Dr. Shorna Allred and Dr. Darragh Hare on their ongoing project titled “Morally Contested Conservation.” By conducting translational research in English and in Swahili, I hope to make the nuances of human-wildlife interactions more accessible to non-specialists.

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Channels contributed to:

Leadership Social Sciences Research

Rooms participated in:

Cornell University

Recent Comments

May 27, 2024

This is an amazing reflection! It's incredible to hear that you're engaging with the students in so many diverse ways — and that more students are interested in your comedic improv classes than you had expected! 

May 27, 2024

Cool introduction, Campbell! Thanks for doing this and for remaining a committed alum of the Program!

Jul 28, 2023

Well said! I don't know very much about this issue despite that my research also focuses on conservation, so I'm glad you're sparking some much-needed discussions!