Alexa Kownacki

Ph.D. Student in Wildlife Sciences
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Research/Career Interests: 

Marine vertebrate health, trophic cascades, human-wildlife conflict, predator-prey interactions, marine mammal life history, conservation biology, wildlife endocrinology, physiological ecology

For the past decade, Alexa has been actively studying wildlife conservation. Beginning in high school, she founded a non-profit conservation organization that researched spider monkeys in the Yucatán Peninsula. At UC Davis, Alexa was an intern in a wildlife disease ecology lab and had the opportunity to study a wide range of taxa, from ticks to mountain lions. She spent many months as a research assistant in Tanzania and South Africa, where she mitigated human-wildlife conflicts by collaborating with local villagers who live near national parks. Most recently, she worked as a scientific contractor with the National Marine Fisheries Service, researching cetacean health and life history and Antarctic ecosystem trophic cascades.

Education: 
B.S. Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis, 2014
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