ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT SHLOKA V. JANAPATY, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Columbia University | New York, United States | Advancing SDG 15 & UNAI 9

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" I’m incredibly thrilled to be joining the expansive network of Millennium Fellows in pursuit of our collective vision for sustainability. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Understanding Trends in Global Cryptogamic Cover

Cryptogamic covers, also known as biocrusts, are terrestrial communities of cyanobacteria, lichen, and bryophytes contributing to 7% of net primary production and over half of biological nitrogen fixation worldwide. These processes make them irreplaceable regulators of earth systems processes, imperiled by climate change and desertification. This project collected a large and geographically representative repository of biocrust data / study methodologies to explore how resilient ecosystems are tied to life on land. We integrated geoscientific perspectives on biocrusts within the context of UN Sustainable Development Goals to document the global impact of biocrusts, as well as suggest areas of focus for future research. Social impact components included teaching sessions and curriculum planning for high school students from New York and New Jersey.

About the Millennium Fellow

Shloka Janapaty is a sophomore at Columbia University studying Applied Mathematics. A native of the Bay Area, her perspective on environmental stewardship has been profoundly shaped by an enduring interest in science and technology as witnesses to the great outdoors. She researches terrestrial ecosystems at the Global Environmental Change Laboratory, UC Davis, and directs the outreach program at the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal.