Claire Menke is the User Research and Community Manager for Versal.com, an online publishing platform created to house educational content. She previously worked as a social sciences researcher for Stanford's Department of Anthropology and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment conducting fieldwork, writing reports, and managing web content for the Osa-Golfito Initiative (INOGO).
Throughout her studies, her academic and research pursuits have focused on finding a viable intersection between economic development and conservation, primarily in Latin America. In 2011, Menke received and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford, with a concentration on the political economy of sustainable development and conservation. Her undergraduate honors thesis for Stanford's Department of Anthropology and the Goldman Honors Program in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy focused on the effect of tour group composition on animal behavior during Peruvian Amazon eco-tours. More recent intellectual pursuits are focused on determining the long-term viability of education technology as a means to effectively globalize education.