I am interested in human-wildlife interactions and wild animals' capacity for persistence in human-dominated landscapes. In Tanzania, I was involved in several initiatives including surveys of savanna elephants in forests, mitigation of conflicts between farmers and elephants, and setting of national conservation priorities (Priority Primate Areas). I've spent the last two years researching risk, fear and cognition in samango monkeys at two Afromontane forest sites in South Africa, while freelance writing about wildlife conservation and trade. 

  • Primate behavior and conservation
  • Large mammal ecology
  • Flooded forests
  • Human-wildlife interactions
  • Human-elephant coexistence
  • Wildlife trade
  • PhD Biological Anthropology       University of Cambridge, 2007
  • BA   Animal Behavior                   Bucknell University, 2001
  • 2013-Present            Junior Research Fellow, Durham University, Evolutionary Anthropology
  • 2013-Present            Research Associate, University of the Free State, Qwaqwa, Zoology & Entomology
  • 2010-2012                 Postdoc/Lecturer, Princeton University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • 2008-2009                 Consultant, Wildlife Conservation Society - Tanzania                                   
E-mail: knowak02@gmail.com     Twitter: @katzyna