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 Geographic, The 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