Rae Wynn-Grant

Carnivore Ecologist for National Geographic

Field: carnivore ecology

“I never had a person of color to guide me, and I’m trying to make sure that other students will.”

Rae Wynn-Grant

As a kid I loved nature shows more than anything. I watched the hosts of nature shows walk through the jungles or savannahs and they knew all about animals. I really wanted to do that as a kid, and my STEM career in school and beyond was always in search of that. When I figured out that there is not just a career that is studying wildlife, but is also very mission-based to save them from extinction, I knew I had found the exact right thing for me.

Now I have the coolest job on the planet. I’m a large carnivore ecologist working for National Geographic, researching how endangered species are impacted by human interaction. I frequently travel to northeastern Montana to study grizzly bear movement, behavior, and predation. My work has taken me around the planet – studying black bears in the West, African lions in rural Kenya and Tanzania, gorillas and chimpanzees in the Congo Basin, and grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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Where the Bears Were: Read more about Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant's research with the American Prairie Reserve near Montana's Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

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