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Tracking the American Black Bear: An Ecologist's Journey and the Changing Face of Wildlife Conservation (Hardcover)
Few animals have defined the North American wilderness as deeply as the black bear. They have been essential to indigenous cultures in North America, the feared predators of early pioneers, and today they’re appearing in urban areas at remarkably increasing rates.
In Tracking the AmericanBlack Bear, Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant explores the black bear’s cultural impact and ecological necessity. She details the ways human development have affected bear habitats and populations, and how these changes have shaded human-bear interactions. Wynn-Grant also weaves in her personal story throughout. As a woman of color working in a field dominated by white men, Wynn-Grant is a vocal advocate for diversity in STEM and offers an inspiring example to aspiring scientists from non-traditional backgrounds. Supported by photography from nature photographer Tsalani Lassiter, Tracking the AmericanBlack Bear is for readers of books like Eager and American Coyote and for people seeking out new voices in science and nature writing.
About the Author
Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is a large carnivore ecologist with an expertise in using statistical modeling to investigate how anthropogenic factors can influence the spatial patterns of carnivore behavior and ecology. Dr. Wynn-Grant serves on the Board of Governors for the Society for Conservation Biology, and as a Special Director for The Explorer’s Club, where she largely aids the organizations in their equity, inclusion, and diversity strategies. Dr. Wynn-Grant received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University, her M.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University. She completed a Conservation Science Research and Teaching Postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. She is currently a Fellow with National Geographic Society working on carnivore conservation in partnership with the American Prairie Reserve.