Sarika is a PhD candidate at Columbia University, founder of Wild Tiger, and Fulbright alumni. She has conducted social and ecological research in central India for the past 5 years. In addition, she has researched tigers and tiger parts entering the United States as apart of the legal and illegal trade. She aims to use her research along with science communication and education to galvanize global resources to save tigers and provide people, particularly indigenous communities, a fair living in places where people and tigers coexist. In addition to advancing tiger conservation, she aims to inspire youth, and particularly women, around the world to pursue conservation science as a career.