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Elizabeth Oriel is a conservation biologist who focuses on issues of welfare and wellbeing for free-ranging animals. She has pioneered work on characterizing wellbeing for various species through understanding their capacities. Drawing from the philosophy and development theory of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, she finds that their approach to wellbeing-- as the expression of one’s capacities-- applies to both humans and non-human animals. A major publication from her first study on harbor seal capacities is currently in review and she is now exploring elephant capacities to aid in conservation efforts and welfare. Elizabeth has a MS from Antioch University New England and a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Wesleyan University.