April Baptiste Bio

Education

Dr April Karen BaptisteApril Karen Baptiste is a product of the school system of Trinidad and Tobago. She attended St. Dominic's RC School in Penal, followed by Holy Faith Convent, Penal where she wrote her Caribbean Examination Council Exams. Having graduated with 8 subjects with a focus in natural sciences she pursued her A' Level education at Iere High School, Siparia in Chemistry, Biology and Geography.

Her succes in the A Level exams allowed her acceptance to the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. April graduated from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, with both a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Management (2002, First class honors) and a M.Sc. in Environmental Management (2004).

Being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2004, she moved to the US where she attended and graduated from State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Management (2008).

In January 2008, April received a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship in the African American Studies Department at Syracuse University.

She began her first academic appointment at Colgate Univeristy in July 2009 and has been at the institution since then. Currently she is an Associate Professor since 2015, engaging students in both interdisciplinary teaching and research in the Environmental Studies Department.

Research

April's research focus looks at environmental issues in the Caribbean examining the intersection between environmental psychology, environmental justice, and natural resource management.

New Project

Given April's interdisciplinary nature, she is currently working on launching her new research project that bridges the gap between the humanities and social sciences in environmental studies. The project seeks to revisit the ways in which decolonization is assessed. It seeks to examine how environmental movements are manifestations of resistance to the colonial enterprise.

Current Project

April is currently working on a research project examining the perceptions of different marginalized groups within the Caribbean to climate change and their methods of adaptations. This project began in 2010 with fishers from 5 communities in Trinidad and Tobago. Fishers were interviewed on their understanding of climate change and also provided descriptions of how the physical environment has changed during the time that they have been involved in the fishing sector.

Through this research project April completed a video documentary on the fishing sector of these 5 commuities. The research has been expanded to Jamaica. The project involved a large scale survey of over 300 fishers examining their knowledge, perceptions, and behaviors to climate change. Multiple articles are now products of this research.

Service and Fellowships

In addition to her Fulbright Scholarship, April has been named a TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Fellow in 2009 and a Senior Fellow in 2010. 

She is engaged in scholarship in action which incorporates research into community based activities.

Currently she is working through YEDCo (Youth Environmental and Development Coalition – an NGO which she founded and now chairs) to develop a youth environmental education program for her hometown in Trinidad. Additionally she has served as Director of Environment for The Community HUB (a social NGO), based in Trinidad.