Teams

Stotra Chakrabarti (he/him), Assistant Professor, Macalester College

Born and raised in West Bengal India, I grew up watching wild elephants, leopards, and jackals in our neighborhood. My family’s relationship with wildlife that swayed between reverence and conflict, amazed me, and made me seek out a profession which could help me understand the intricacies of this balance. I celebrate the natural world by studying animals, observing them through living and camera lenses, and teaching about them. I have conducted feeding experiments on wild felids, collected a ton of animal poop to understand diet and genetics, tailed the last lions of Asia for my PhD and Postdoctoral research (a project that I still continue working on), interviewed local communities to understand their perceptions of living with carnivores, surveyed sites for carnivore reintroduction, wrangled generational datasets on lion social behavior across multiple African sites, and teamed up with colleagues and students to study wolves, coyotes, foxes and their prey. My research objectives include strong empirical approaches to understand fundamental animal behavior, which ultimately capacitate conservation.
When I am not following animals or teaching about them, I read, listen to music and ‘try’ singing along (I suck), cook new recipes, play soccer and ping-pong, complain about the Minnesota weather, hike and travel.

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Eliza King (she/her), Undergraduate Researcher

Eliza is from California, and completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and English at Macalester College in 2023. Her love of animals was fostered by the many she was surrounded while growing up, and she currently has two black cats at home. She began her career in wildlife biology in the CAB lab examining diet and prey preference of lions in Tsavo for her capstone research, and continues as a summer researcher in the lab investigating meso-predator community ecology in Yellowstone. When not with animals, she enjoys volleyball, game nights with friends, playing piano, and bettering her cooking skills.

Zoe Lowe (she/her), Undergraduate Researcher

Zoe was born and raised in Colorado. Her passion for animals began with all the pets she had while growing up, and expanded to wild animals because of her time outdoors with her dad. She graduated from Macalester College in 2023 with a B.A. in Biology and minors in both Math and Statistics. During her undergrad study-away program in Panama, she researched Opiliones (daddy long legs). She is currently working in the CAB lab, examining spatial and temporal patterns of meso-predator distribution in Yellowstone.

Zoe Lowe (she/her), Undergraduate Researcher

Zoe was born and raised in Colorado. Her passion for animals began with all the pets she had while growing up, and expanded to wild animals because of her time outdoors with her dad. She graduated from Macalester College in 2023 with a B.A. in Biology and minors in both Math and Statistics. During her undergrad study-away program in Panama, she researched Opiliones (daddy long legs). She is currently working in the CAB lab, examining spatial and temporal patterns of meso-predator distribution in Yellowstone.

Avery Munster (she/her), Undergraduate Researcher

Avery is from San Luis Obispo, CA, and recently graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Biology. Her interest in wildlife began with an internship at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in MN, where she completed a Songbird Internship and then worked as part of the Medications Staff. While at Macalester, Avery pursued undergrad research in the CAB Lab, investigating the effect of forage and wolf predation on beaver activity in northern Minnesota. Avery is currently finishing up writing her research results for peer-review, and will be attending the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania from Fall’23 with the goal of becoming a wildlife disease veterinarian.

Avery Munster (she/her), Undergraduate Researcher

Avery is from San Luis Obispo, CA, and recently graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Biology. Her interest in wildlife began with an internship at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in MN, where she completed a Songbird Internship and then worked as part of the Medications Staff. While at Macalester, Avery pursued undergrad research in the CAB Lab, investigating the effect of forage and wolf predation on beaver activity in northern Minnesota. Avery is currently finishing up writing her research results for peer-review, and will be attending the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania from Fall’23 with the goal of becoming a wildlife disease veterinarian.

Lara Boudinot (she/her), Undergraduate Research Collaborator

Lara recently completed her BS in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota. Throughout her undergraduate education, Lara had several opportunities to conduct field research around the globe, working on a range of projects and species (from fish to small mammals). She collaborated with the CAB lab for her undergrad honors thesis where she examined the demography and population structure of lions in Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks. She is currently finalizing her research paper for peer-review, and will be attending the University of Oxford for her PhD program, starting September 2023.

Lara Boudinot (she/her), Undergraduate Research Collaborator

Lara recently completed her BS in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota. Throughout her undergraduate education, Lara had several opportunities to conduct field research around the globe, working on a range of projects and species (from fish to small mammals). She collaborated with the CAB lab for her undergrad honors thesis where she examined the demography and population structure of lions in Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks. She is currently finalizing her research paper for peer-review, and will be attending the University of Oxford for her PhD program, starting September 2023.

Lab Alumni

Ian Smith (he/him)

Ian grew up around the world. He’s lived in Honolulu, Tokyo, Washington D.C., and Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology from Macalester College in 2022. For his capstone and undergrad research, he worked with the CAB lab and the Bump Lab (at UMN) to investigate interactions between scavengers at elephant carcasses in Tsavo, Kenya, using photos from remote cameras. The paper resulting from this work is in review and the preprint can be accessed here. Ian is currently working as a Research Tech with the Voyageurs Wolf Project. When he’s not out bushwhacking in the Northwoods, you can probably find him on a basketball court, making all his threes.

Ian Smith (he/him)

Ian grew up around the world. He’s lived in Honolulu, Tokyo, Washington D.C., and Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology from Macalester College in 2022. For his capstone and undergrad research, he worked with the CAB lab and the Bump Lab (at UMN) to investigate interactions between scavengers at elephant carcasses in Tsavo, Kenya, using photos from remote cameras. The paper resulting from this work is in review and the preprint can be accessed here. Ian is currently working as a Research Tech with the Voyageurs Wolf Project. When he’s not out bushwhacking in the Northwoods, you can probably find him on a basketball court, making all his threes.

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