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Hi, my name is Kristina.

My life is walking pumas through the Amazon Rainforest, tracking wolves through the boreal forests of Canada, and fighting for the rights of animals.

ABOUT ME

I grew up in a small town on the Central Coast of California. From a young age, I was a “wild child”. I backpacked through the Sierra Nevadas with my family, and ran around unsupervised on our property. I always grew up taking care of farm animals and tracking down lizards, so a career as a wildlife biologist was a perfect fit for me.

MY STUDIES

During my studies at the University of California, San Diego, I researched the impact of recreational trails on the movement of large predators and ungulates in a multi-agency project with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the City of San Diego, and USGS. In 2012, I took time off school to work at a remote animal sanctuary in the Bolivian Amazon. I walked cougars through dense jungle trails and saw first-hand the impact of deforestation on the Amazon and the animals that call it home. My love for wildlife was kicked into full gear. I graduated in 2014 with a degree in ecology, animal behaviour, and evolution.

MY WORK

After graduating university, I felt the call to the “Great White North” and found myself trudging through muskeg in the boreal forests of northern Canada. I researched the impact of pipelines on wildlife movement, quantified habitat loss and degradation, and recommended mitigation to reduce the negative impact of the energy industry on wild lands. My study species were grey wolf, cougars, Canada lynx, grizzly bear, and black bear. The North was where my interest in environmental activism and wildlife conservation in “the last frontier” skyrocketed. In 2016, I took time off work and backpacked a 350km+ segment of the Pacific Crest Trail known as the “John Muir Trail”. I also began working at a wolfdog sanctuary at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta.

NOW

Since 2019, I have been living on Vancouver Island with my partner and cat, Tiger. I work across Western Canada on projects involving species conservation, wildlife habitat management, and endangered wildlife. Outside of wildlife, I love gardening, backpacking, whale watching, and island-hopping.

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