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Rae Wynn-Grant

Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is a large carnivore ecologist with an expertise in investigating how humans can influence the behavior and ecology of large carnivores. She frequently travels to northeastern Montana where she is studying grizzly bear movement, behavior, and predation. Her previous research has been with black bears in the West, African lions in rural Kenya and Tanzania, gorillas and chimpanzees in the Congo Basin, as well as grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, while an upcoming grant project researching spirit bear behavior brings her expertise to the Great Bear Rainforest.

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 Fellow with National Geographic Society and maintains a Visiting Scientist position at the American Museum of Natural History, and adjunct faculty positions at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University. She is a public speaker, story teller, and science communicator.