Nicole Tu-Maung is a faculty member at the Parami Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Yangon, Myanmar. Her academic interests include human-ecological systems, political ecology, and wildlife management. In 2019, she earned her MS in Environment and Resources from the University of Madison-Wisconsin. Her Master’s thesis examined the role of the occult in influencing human-animal relations, land use, and economic development through the lens of contemporary Buddhist traditions in Myanmar. Previously, Nicole completed her BS in Environmental Science and Sustainability at Cornell University, and worked as a research assistant in the Department of Natural Resources. She also uses creative writing and fine arts to express her research and ideas.