Dieter Bouma M.S., M.P.P. teaches our Conservation and Development in the Indian Tropics course at Au Sable - India during May Session. A recipient of not one but two graduate degrees, Dieter holds a Master of Science from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment as well as a Master of Public Policy from U of M's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
His graduate research focused on community-based conservation in Nepal, home of the Himalayas and a border country with India. Through an international forestry research program and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), he researched community-based conservation, specifically how rural communities in Nepal sustainably manage their forests. The work required interdisciplinary study of forest ecology, social organization, cultural practices, and policy prescriptions. Dieter brings this interdisciplinary lens to his studies in the Indian subtropics.