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Shamitha Keerthi, Ph.D.

Science Director, Regenerative Crop Systems, North America Agriculture

United States

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agriculture, freshwater, water policy, conservation collaboration

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Shamitha Keerthi


Shamitha Keerthi is the science director for the Regenerative Crop Systems strategy for the North America Agriculture Program. In this role, Shamitha leads science to support programmatic goals, by building the evidence base around conservation, addressing knowledge gaps, and leading measurement and evaluation. She works to build strategic science partnerships with research and academic institutions to co-produce decision-relevant science in service of conservation outcomes.

Shamitha is a skilled collaborator who works across internal programs and with external partners to translate scientific data into strategies that advance conservation agriculture practices across large landscapes.

Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy in 2017, Shamitha received a Ph.D. from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she was a recipient of the Dow Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation on the impacts of U.S. bioenergy policy on land-use and water quality.

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