Sophia Graybill


Academic Program Associate


M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy
Clark University (MA, USA)

B.A. in Environmental Science
Clark University (MA, USA)

SFS Alum
Panama (Spring '16)

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Sophia spent her childhood and teenage years in Pakistan, Zambia, and Ethiopia. Growing up, she spent considerable time in Southern Africa’s national parks and volunteering at the Born Free Foundation in Ethiopia. These experiences sparked her passion for wildlife and resource conservation, leading her to complete a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Clark University in Worcester, MA. During her undergraduate studies Sophia studied abroad with SFS in Bocas del Toro, Panama and became an active member of Clark’s International Students Association. Sophia also undertook a summer internship at the International Development Enterprise in Nepal researching climate-smart technologies in rural villages.

During her undergraduate studies Sophia developed an interest in environment-related human displacement, and she remained at Clark to complete a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy emphasizing conservation and climate change-induced human migration. The summer before her final academic year, Sophia conducted primary research for the National Trust for Nature Conservation in Nepal on the impacts of ecotourism on internally displaced communities in Nepal’s oldest national park. This research informed her final master’s paper, entitled Linking Ecotourism Livelihood Strategies to Post-Displacement Homemaking in Internally Displaced Communities in Southern Nepal.

Sophia joined SFS in 2018 as the Academic Program Associate to encourage students to participate in and be inspired by SFS study abroad programs the way she was.