Yufang Gao is a Ph.D. candidate in conservation science and environmental anthropology at Yale University. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Peking University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Yale University. For the past 15 years, Gao has participated in various conservation research and practice projects at local, national, and international scales. An interdisciplinary researcher, he has published articles on human-wildlife conflict and coexistence, snow leopard conservation, illegal wildlife trade, and traditional ecological knowledge. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The Washington Post, Scientific American, among other international and Chinese media outlets. He is a National Geographic Explorer, an alumnus of the Conservation Leadership Programme, a Wildlife Conservation Network scholar, a Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative research affiliate, and a winner of the Marsh Award for Terrestrial Conservation Leadership (UK), the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, and the Yale University Graduate School Public Scholar Award.