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Katarzyna Nowak

Katarzyna Nowak, PhD, is a wildlife scientist who has researched monkeys, elephants, and mountain goats, and their capacity to adapt to change and coexist with humans. Her work has taken her to the mountains and forests of Costa Rica, Zanzibar, Tanzania, South Africa, Chile and the Yukon. She is now Conservation Science Coordinator at the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Yukon. Prior to this role, she contracted for various organizations including the Wildlife Conservation Society, 500 Women Scientists, WildAid, and the Environmental Investigation Agency, conducted postdoctoral work in ecology, zoology, anthropology and conservation with the University of the Free State (RSA), Durham University (UK) and Princeton University (USA), and was a 2016-2017 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In addition to an edited book about primates in flooded habitats, and more than two dozen book chapters and scientific publications in journals such as OryxBiological Conservation, International Journal of Primatology and Behavioral Ecology, she has written about wildlife trade policy for a South African think tank and about conservation on a human scale for the Solutions journal. She has also written stories on wildlife that are published in popular media: Tanzania’s conservation tracker dogs for bioGraphicwildlife crime in the Far North for National GeographicPacific walruses and Alaska Native artists for The Revelator and South Africa’s rhino poaching crisis for The American Scholar, among others.

Katarzyna earned her BA in Animal Behavior at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) and PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK). 

She grew up in Poland, Germany and the USA, and currently resides in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.


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(cover photo/headshot: courtesy Katarzyna Nowak)