Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is a large carnivore ecologist with an expertise in using statistical modeling to investigate the way humans can influence the spatial patterns of carnivore behavior and ecology. She currently studies a small population of American black bear in the western US. 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.
An active member of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), Dr. Wynn-Grant is the Deputy Chair of the Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity committee, which focuses on providing the tools and strategies needed for SCB to become a model organization for embracing and advancing issues related to equitable opportunity and representation in conservation biology. A native Californian, Dr. Wynn-Grant attributes her interest in wildlife and conservation from the television shows she watched as a child.
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. 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.