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The Bear Necessities with Nat Geo Explorer Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant


In celebration of Earth Day, join us for a virtual Cary Science Conversation featuring National Geographic Explorer and wildlife ecologist Rae Wynn-Grant. In conversation with Cary President Josh Ginsberg, Wynn-Grant will discuss her research on black bears and grizzly bears, with a focus on how people and bears can peacefully coexist. 

With projects in New York and Nevada, Wynn-Grant is researching how we can protect black bears and their habitat, while preventing conflicts with people. Wynn-Grant is also examining grizzly bear movement in Montana with the aim to understand why grizzlies are moving east, and what this could mean for both the bears and the areas they are moving into. 

Discover how bear behavior and ecology are changing in response to development, why monitoring bear movement and health is critical to their conservation, and how we can protect bears as our habitats increasingly overlap. Wynn-Grant will also discuss her pathway to ecology and her efforts making environmental science accessible to broad and diverse audiences.

This science conversation is free and open to all; registration is required to access Zoom login info. There will be ample time for audience Q&A. 

You can learn more about Wynn-Grant’s work tracking black bears in Minnesota by tuning in to Born Wild: The Next Generation, an Earth Day special presented by Nat Geo and Nat Geo WILD, also streaming on Disney+ and Hulu. 


Rae Wynn-Grant is currently a Research Faculty member at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, leading carnivore research on the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve in California. She also serves as a Research Fellow with the National Geographic Society, focusing on carnivore conservation in partnership with the American Prairie Reserve.

Wynn-Grant completed a Conservation Science Research and Teaching Postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, where she maintains a Visiting Scientist position. She also serves on the Board of Directors for NatureBridge, where she supports equity, inclusion, and diversity strategies. 

Wynn-Grant received her BS in Environmental Studies from Emory University, her MS in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and her PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University.

The event is sponsored in part by Harney & Sons Fine Teas.