Kaitlyn Gaynor, PI
Postdoctoral fellow, National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis
PhD, Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University
pronouns: she/her, they/them
E-mail: gaynor [at] zoology.ubc.ca
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My entry point into science was a fascination with animal behavior, and as I spent more time observing wild animals, I came to realize that so many aspects of their behavior are shaped by various forms of human disturbance. My interests have since evolved to include the cascading consequences of human disturbance for ecological communities, and the social dimensions of human-wildlife coexistence. My current research program is thus grounded in a fundamental interest in behavioral and community ecology, with an increasingly applied and interdisciplinary focus, and collaboration is my favorite aspect of research. Outside of science, I find joy in cooking vegetables, riding my bike, fostering community, finding new hiking trails, and exploring new cities.
Jenny Green, MSc student
Sofia Nhalungo, MSc student
E-mail: sofia.nhalungo [at] gmail.com
Sofia André Nhalungo is a Masters student in Biodiversity Management and Conservation at Eduardo Mondlane University, in Maputo, Mozambique, supervised by Dr. Valério Macandza and Kaitlyn. She is studying the flight behaviour and population structure of impala in hunting and ecotourism areas in Niassa Special Reserve. Her studies are funded by the Mozambique Conservation Leadership Programme, implemented by the Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation, which has the main objective of attracting and motivating talented young people to conserve biodiversity in the country. Before starting the Masters degree, under the same programme, Sofia was the beneficiary of a 1-year professional internship at the institution responsible for managing biodiversity in Mozambique (National Administration of Conservation Areas), where she worked on the licensing of trophy hunting and where the inspiration for her Masters thesis came from. In addition to studying and working, she enjoys spending time at church, listening to music, and reading Christian books.
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