Conservation scientist, large carnivore ecologist, nature storyteller, and advocate
Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is a large carnivore ecologist with an expertise in using statistical modeling to investigate how anthropogenic factors can influence the spatial patterns of carnivore behavior and ecology. In particular, she is currently studying the ecological and social drivers of human-carnivore conflict, and the influence of fine-scale human activity on connectivity of suitable carnivore habitat. Her current field system is the Western Great Basin where she studies a small population of American black bear (Ursus americanus). She has worked on similar research questions with African lions in rural Kenya and Tanzania, as well as grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
A native Californian, Dr. Wynn-Grant attributes her interest in wildlife and conservation from the television shows she watched as a child. She was introduced to the field of conservation biology as an undergraduate and is unapologetic about her passion for studying charismatic megafauna.
Dr. Wynn-Grant received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University, her M.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University. Her doctoral research focused on the ecological and social drivers of carnivore behavioral patterns in a human-modified landscape. She is currently a Conservation Science Research and Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History.