Michelle Y. MERRILL, Ph.D., is a research scientist in the Environment and Sustainability Research Cluster at Nanyang Technological University.
Her current research focuses on higher education for sustainability, particularly in monsoon Asia. She investigates the links between sustainability competences and pedagogies, and how communities of practice can support the transformation of higher education for sustainability. She is lead editor on a book called Education and Sustainability: Paradigms, Policies and Practices in Asia, to be published by Routledge in early 2017.
Her graduate work centered on primate behavior, including tropical ecology, evolution, social networks, cooperation, learning and communication. She studied wild orangutans on Sumatra, and bonobos in Zaire. Her doctoral dissertation in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University (2004) was on Orangutan Cultures: Tool Use, Social Transmission and Population Differences.
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