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Elvis Acheampong, Conservation Science Intern

Elvis is passionate about conservation of biodiversity and restoration of disturbed lands.

Elvis AcheampongElvis is passionate about conservation of biodiversity and restoration of disturbed lands.

He worked at Endeavour Mining Corporation’s Nzema gold mine in Ghana for six years as an environmental specialist in charge of mine land reclamation ensuring that land, watercourses, and cultural heritage resources disturbed during mining operations are returned to a safe and environmentally sound state. In this role, he managed projects which rehabilitated waste rock dumps, open mine pits and other disturbed mine lands to self-sustaining ecosystems. 

Elvis has a National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health national diploma in environmental management from the United Kingdom and he is currently studying in the master of environmental management program at Yale University, majoring in corporate sustainability. Specifically, he explores how heavy industries can operate sustainably to provide the needs of society while protecting biodiversity and preventing or reducing pollution to the barest minimum.

He is also a co-leader of Natural Resource Extraction, a student’s interest group at Yale focused on the economic, social, technological, and environmental dimensions of natural resource extraction and its associated industries. 

As Y2Y's conservation intern, Elvis will be based in Canmore, Alberta and will work with Aerin Jacob to create and manage databases, conduct literature reviews, and communicate about science and conservation.