Reema Persad-Clem is a Visiting Assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Salisbury University. She is a Trinidadian tropical ecologist who specializes in the field of primatology. Reema has worked with monkeys, prosimians and apes under captive, naturalistic and wild conditions. Her main research interests lie in studying the behavioral ecology of primates in the neotropics, particularly in the same Trinidadian rainforests that she explored as a child.
During and after graduate school at Miami University of Ohio, Reema taught multiple Earth Expeditions courses, a program which promotes firsthand knowledge of inquiry-driven, community-based learning for the benefit of ecological communities, student achievement, and global understanding. These courses included taking AZA and K-12 educators and graduate students on field trips to Central and South America, the Caribbean and to the African continent.
Reema currently teaches a Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) course in the Department of Environmental Studies. In all her courses, she gives students the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge discussed in class to real-world project design and problem solving. The CBNRM course in particular is designed to give students a working appreciation of how community-based initiatives are fundamental to successful outcomes in the field of natural resource management. A core part of this class is a semester-long project, during which students will have the opportunity to work in teams and collaborate with a local environmental group on a community-based initiative.