2020 Conference

The 36th Annual F&ES Research Conference, which will take place online on April 17th, 2020.  The Research Conference is our yearly opportunity to showcase the diverse, multidisciplinary research conducted at F&ES.

All Day: Oral Presentations

Join us and learn from all our great F&ES Research Conference Panels. You can access at any time - all panel videos will be posted by 10AM and you can view at your own pace.

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All Day: Discussion Boards

Engage with our researchers using the discussion boards set up for each panel video, leave a question and our panelists will add repsonses as time permits.

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5:45PM: Awards Presentation

Presented by Os Schmitz
Senior Associate Dean of Research
Director of Doctoral Studies
Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology

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6:00PM: Keynote Address

Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant ’10 M.E.Sc.
Fellow, National Geographic Society
Visiting Scientist, American Museum of Natural History
Adjunct Faculty, Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University

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Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is a large carnivore ecologist with an expertise in using statistical modeling to investigate how anthropogenic factors can influence the spatial patterns of carnivore behavior and ecology. In particular, she is currently studying the ecological and social drivers of human-carnivore conflict, and the influence of fine-scale human activity on connectivity of suitable carnivore habitat. Her current field system encompasses part of The Great Plains in northeastern Montana where she is studying potential corridors to facilitate grizzly bear conservation. Her previous research questions surrounded the ecological drivers of human-carnivore conflict with black bears in the Western Great Basin, African lions in rural Kenya and Tanzania, as well as grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

A native Californian, Dr. Wynn-Grant attributes her interest in wildlife and conservation from the television shows she watched as a child. She was introduced to the field of conservation biology as an undergraduate and is unapologetic about her passion for studying charismatic megafauna. Dr. Wynn-Grant serves on the Board of Governors for the Society for Conservation Biology, and as a Special Director for The Explorer’s Club, where she largely aids the organizations in their equity, inclusion, and diversity strategies.

Dr. Wynn-Grant received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University, her MESc from The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University. She completed a Conservation Science Research and Teaching Postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on the ecological and social drivers of carnivore behavioral patterns in human-modified landscapes.

She is currently a Fellow with National Geographic Society working on carnivore conservation in partnership with the American Prairie Reserve. She maintains a Visiting Scientist position at the American Museum of Natural History, and adjunct faculty positions at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University.