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Miranda Imeri: My Next Great Impossible

Miranda Imeri

Miranda Imeri founded the Kosovo Wildlife Society and is the first person in the country to achieve an MSc as a wildlife engineer. She aims to protect large carnivores including the critically endangered lynx as she continues her Ph.D. research.

The importance of wildlife to our human existence has never been more obvious than it is today. As pollution, climate change and hunting threaten species across my country, I am working to monitor and conserve the wildlife in Kosovo. My team and I would like to monitor the lynx species in our national parks, as they are in danger of becoming extinct by unnatural causes. Large carnivores such as the lynx are difficult to track, so we will use a combination of camera trapping and genetic testing to monitor the species.

“I hope that wild animals will inspire us to change our lifestyles and rally for a brighter future.”

Wildlife management is crucial to human health because it can provide clean air, water and food. Many studies have also demonstrated that contact with nature can lead to measurable psychological and physiological health benefits. Learning to manage natural habitats will help us maintain our wildlife and allow us to benefit from it sustainably. I hope that wild animals can inspire us to change our lifestyle and rally for a brighter future.

“The passion of my professor has inspired me to pursue an area of study that I wasn't familiar with at all.”

My professor always supports my ideas and continually opens doors for us as young researchers. His passion inspired me to pursue an area of study that I wasn't familiar with at all. Now, I am the first person in my country to have an MSc degree as a wildlife engineer. I hope in the near future more students will have the chance to study wildlife management engineering in Kosovo.


Q: What kind of mindset do you need to achieve the Next Great Impossible?

A: As a wildlife scientist, it is my responsibility to raise society's awareness of the relationship between humans and wildlife. To stay motivated in my research, I must continue to focus on this larger purpose.

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