National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, and the Overture Center for the Arts are proud to announce The Secret Lives of Bears with Rae Wynn-Grant, coming to the Capitol Theater on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. tickets are available onouverture.org.
Rae Wynn-Grant is dedicated to researching wildlife ecology, but it wasn’t until life brought her to Kenya at the age of 20 that she already hiked, planted a tent to camp or saw a wild animal. While there, she studied East African lion carnivores that live in close collaboration with local communities and observed that problematic interactions between the two groups threatened conservation efforts. Now, Dr. Wynn-Grant is finding similar trends for black bears and grizzly bears in North America.
As a scientist in the National Geographic Society’s Last Wild Places initiative, Dr. Wynn-Grant works to protect and restore iconic populations of wildlife – grizzly bears, bison, antelopes, cougars and more. But there’s an obstacle: Roads, fences, and cattle ranches crisscross the habitat of these large-scale animals. Dr Wynn-Grant studies the movements and behaviors of bears with the goal of finding ways to improve relationships between local communities and the powerful wildlife around them.
Join this committed carnivorous environmentalist for a fascinating look at the secret lives of bears and a first-line report on the mission to help humans and carnivores coexist peacefully.
Rae Wynn-Grant is a leading carnivore ecologist with expertise in using statistical modeling to study how humans influence the behavior and ecology of carnivores. In particular, she is currently studying the drivers of human-carnivore conflict and the influence of human activity on the connectivity of suitable carnivorous habitat. Her current terrain system encompasses part of the Great Plains in northeastern Montana, where she is investigating potential corridors to aid grizzly bear conservation. His previous research questions concerned the ecological factors of human-carnivore conflict with black bears in the Great Western Basin, African lions in rural Kenya and Tanzania, and grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. .
Originally from California, Dr. Wynn-Grant attributes her interest in wildlife and conservation to the television shows she watched as a child. She was introduced to the field of conservation biology as an undergraduate student and makes no apologies for her passion for studying charismatic megafauna. Dr Wynn-Grant serves on the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology and as Special Director of the Explorer’s Club, where she extensively assists organizations with their equity, inclusion and diversity strategies.
Dr. Wynn-Grant received her BA in Environmental Studies from Emory University, her MA in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and her PhD. in Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University. She obtained a postdoctoral fellowship in conservation science research and teaching with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. His doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on the ecological and social factors of carnivore behavior patterns in human-modified landscapes. She is currently a member of the National Geographic Society and works on carnivore conservation. She holds visiting scholar positions at the American Museum of Natural History and adjunct professor positions at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University.
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