Meenakshi Jerath is the Coordinator of Research Programs at the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Program at the Extreme Events Institute in Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. She specializes in cost benefit analysis (CBA) of DRR interventions and in environment resource management. She is the course coordinator for a graduate level course on CBA in DRR offered by the DRR Program at FIU for which she designs CBA applications. She has conducted face-to-face and online training workshops in CBA for project managers from external organizations. She also teaches Ecology of South Florida as an adjunct faculty of FIU.
Meenakshi obtained her Master of Science in Environmental Studies from FIU with specialization in Environmental Economics, Environmental Policy, Resource Management and Geographic Information Systems. Her master’s thesis focused on the quantification and valuation of carbon storage by the mangrove forests in Everglades National Park, Florida. She has presented her research work at the International Conference of the International Society of Ecological Economics at Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. She has a M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Zoology, and a Bachelor’s in Science Education from the University of Delhi, India.