Katarzyna Nowak, PhD

Pronouns: she/her


Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept


Area of Study / Keywords

Conservation Science


I grew up in Poland, and was granted political asylum in the U.S. with my parents and sister in my pre-adolescent years. In 2007, I earned a PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (UK) following a BA in Animal Behaviour from Bucknell University (US). My thesis was about how an endangered island primate, the Zanzibar red colobus monkey, is adapting to rapid environmental change in its coastal forest habitats. The work, conducted in collaboration with local experts and naturalists, helped lead to the establishment of a new forest reserve on Zanzibar and contributed to the identification of Priority Primate Areas in Tanzania. In 2008, I co-founded an elephant conservation project that has since grown to become the Southern Tanzania Elephant Program, and which strives to foster human-elephant coexistence. I've done postdoctoral work in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, anthropology, zoology and conservation at Princeton University (NJ), Durham University (UK), and the University of the Free State (South Africa), and was a 2016-2017 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After a semester at Colorado State University as a Visiting Scientist co-instructing a graduate seminar in conservation, I based myself in the Yukon to use non-invasive and participatory methods—camera-trapping and community science and photography—to research the phenology of winter coat molt in mountain goats. Presently, One Health and two-eyed seeing are approaches that I am learning about while aspiring to support Indigenous-led conservation. Apart from scientific publishing, I've contributed stories and commentaries to popular outlets such as National GeographicThe American Scholar, Mongabay, bioGraphic, Scientific American, The Revelator, and others. Since 2018, I've been affiliated with The Safina Center, which promotes storytelling and science communication. I am a co-founder of Gage, a global directory of women and gender minorities in STEMM, which landed us on the 2018 Bitch 50 list


RENR 491 - Land Planning in Canada's North


Using community photography to investigate phenology: a case study of coat molt in the mountain goat with missing data
Author(s): K Nowak, J Berger, A Panikowski, DG Reid, AL Jacob, G Newman, NE Young, JP Beckmann, SA Richards
Publication Date: 11/9/2020
Publication: Ecology and Evolution
Volume: 10
Page Numbers: 13488-13499
External Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ece3.6954
Traditional Knowledge underlies One Health
Author(s): J Copper Jack, J Gonet, A Mease, K Nowak
Publication Date: 9/25/2020
Publication: Science
Volume: 369
Page Numbers: 1576
External Link: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6511/1576.1
Ecology and economics of pandemic prevention
Author(s): AP Dobson, SL Pimm, L Hannah, L Kaufman, JA Ahumada, AW Ando, A Bernstein, J Busch, P Daszak, J Engelmann, MF Kinnaird, BV Li, T Loch-Temzelides, T Lovejoy, K Nowak, PR Roehrdanz, MM Vale
Publication Date: 7/24/2020
Publication: Science
Volume: 369
Page Numbers: 379-381
External Link: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6502/379
Trophy hunting bans present opportunity for change
Author(s): K Nowak, PC Lee, J Marino, M Mkono, H Mumby, A Dobson, R Harvey, K Lindsay, D Lusseau, C Sillero-Zubiri
Publication Date: 10/25/2019
Publication: Science
Volume: 366
Page Numbers: 434-435
External Link: https://www.sciencemagazinedigital.org/sciencemagazine/25_october_2019/MobilePagedArticle.action?articleId=1531903#articleId1531903
Thirty-six years of legal and illegal wildlife trade entering the USA
Author(s): MTB Olsen, J Geldmann, M Harfoot, DP Tittensor, B Price, P Sinovas, K Nowak, NJ Sanders, ND Burgess
Publication Date: 9/24/2019
Publication: Oryx
External Link: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/oryx/article/thirtysix-years-of-legal-and-illegal-wildlife-trade-entering-the-usa/17D97781D94B8878D69313C1FFA982EE
Request a Woman Scientist: A database for diversifying the public face of science
Author(s): EA McCullagh, K Nowak, A Pogoriler, JL Metcalf, M Zaringhalam, TJ Zelikova
Publication Date: 4/23/2019
Publication: PLOS Biology
Volume: 17
Page Numbers: e3000212
External Link: https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article/comments?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000212
Efficacy of beehive fences as barriers to African elephants: A case study in Tanzania
Author(s): C Scheijen, SA Richards, J Smit, T Jones, K Nowak
Publication Date: 5/21/2018
Publication: Oryx
Volume: 53
Page Numbers: 92-99
External Link: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/oryx/article/efficacy-of-beehive-fences-as-barriers-to-african-elephants-a-case-study-in-tanzania/589D8AE1D72A41BDDC124062A12D9C7A
International ivory policy: building on evidence-driven consensus
Author(s): N Sekar, W Clark, A Dobson, PCF Coelho, PM Hannam, R Hepworth, S Hsiang, P Kahumbu, PC Lee, K Lindsay, CL Pereira, SK Wasser, K Nowak
Publication Date: 4/20/2018
Publication: Science
Volume: 360
Page Numbers: 276-277
External Link: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6386/276/tab-e-letters
The shared nature of Africa's elephants
Author(s): K Lindsay, M Chase, K Landen, K Nowak
Publication Date: 11/1/2017
Publication: Biological Conservation
Volume: 215
Page Numbers: 260-267
External Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320717303890
Using camera-traps to study the demography and behavior of crop-using elephants in Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania
Author(s): J Smit, R Pozo, J Cusack, K Nowak, T Jones
Publication Date: 6/28/2017
Publication: Oryx
External Link: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/oryx/article/using-camera-traps-to-study-the-agesex-structure-and-behaviour-of-cropusing-elephants-loxodonta-africana-in-udzungwa-mountains-national-park-tanzania/AAB225F1915E73FAF278B8B2F5BA7E56
Reliance on exotic plants by two groups of threatened samango monkeys, Cercopithecus albogularis labiatus, at their southern range limit
Author(s): K Wimberger, K Nowak, R Hill
Publication Date: 2/13/2017
Publication: International Journal of Primatology
Volume: 38
Page Numbers: 151-171
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10764-016-9949-2
Influence of live-capture on the risk perceptions of habituated samango monkeys
Author(s): K Nowak, SA Richards, A le Roux, R Hill
Publication Date: 9/27/2016
Publication: Journal of Mammalogy
Volume: 97
Page Numbers: 1461-1468
External Link: https://academic.oup.com/jmammal/article/97/5/1461/2218894
Samango monkeys manage risk in a highly seasonal, human-modified landscape in Amathole Mountains, South Africa
Author(s): K Nowak, K Wimberger, SA Richards, R Hill, A le Roux
Publication Date: 8/19/2016
Publication: International Journal of Primatology
Volume: 38
Page Numbers: 194-206
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10764-016-9913-1
Human observers impact samango monkeys’ perceived landscape of fear
Author(s): K Nowak, A le Roux, SA Richards, C Scheijen, R Hill
Publication Date: 10/1/2014
Publication: Behavioral Ecology
Volume: 25
Page Numbers: 1199–1204
External Link: https://academic.oup.com/beheco/article/25/5/1199/2633794?login=true
Priority Primate Areas in Tanzania
Author(s): T Davenport, K Nowak, A Perkin
Publication Date: 7/17/2013
Publication: Oryx
Volume: 48
Page Numbers: 39-51
External Link: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/oryx/article/priority-primate-areas-in-tanzania/9CD3B2493CD70FF11B5D51088563E285
Over-diagnosis of malaria by microscopy in the Kilombero Valley, Southern Tanzania
Author(s): K Harchut, C Standley, A Dobson, B Klaassen, C Rambaud-Althaus, F Althaus, K Nowak
Publication Date: 5/10/2013
Publication: Malaria Journal
Volume: 12
Page Numbers: 159
External Link: https://malariajournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2875-12-159
Bolder Thinking for Conservation
Author(s): N Reed, A Dobson, R Baldwin, P Beier, CR Davis, DA Dellasala, J Francis, H Locke, K Nowak, R Lopez, C Reining, SC Trombulak, G Tabor
Publication Date: 1/26/2012
Publication: Conservation Biology
Volume: 26
Page Numbers: 1-4
External Link: https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01738.x
Demographic structure of Zanzibar red colobus populations in unprotected coral rag and mangrove habitats
Author(s): K Nowak, PC Lee
Publication Date: 9/10/2011
Publication: International Journal of Primatology
Volume: 32
Page Numbers: 24-45
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10764-010-9434-2
Elephants, Ivory, and Trade
Author(s): S Wasser, J Poole, PC Lee, K Lindsay, A Dobson, J Hart, I Douglas-Hamilton, G Wittemyer, P Granli, B Morgan, J Gunn, S Alberts, R Beyers, P Chiyo, H Croze, R Estes, K Gobush, P Joram, A Kikoti, J Kingdon, L King, D Macdonald, C Moss, B Mutayoba, S Njumbi, P Omondi, K Nowak
Publication Date: 3/12/2010
Publication: Science
Volume: 327
Page Numbers: 1331-1332
External Link: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/327/5971/1331
Evolutionary acceleration and divergence in Zanzibar red colobus
Author(s): K Nowak, A Cardini, S Elton
Publication Date: 10/10/2008
Publication: International Journal of Primatology
Volume: 29
Page Numbers: 1313-1339
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10764-008-9306-1
Frequent water drinking by Zanzibar red colobus in a mangrove forest refuge
Author(s): K Nowak
Publication Date: 7/23/2008
Publication: International Journal of Primatology
Volume: 70
Page Numbers: 1081-1092
External Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/ajp.20605