Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant has dedicated her life to developing science which can help save endangered species. She specializes in the study of Bears and Big Cats around the world. Her commitment to these animals has taken her to remote mountains and exotic jungles.
Not only is Dr. Rae the only black woman with a PhD in large carnivore ecology, she's the only black woman in her field, and the only black woman scientist employed @amnh. She is devoted to educating the next generation of wildlife scientists. With an emphasis on women and people of color Dr. Rae gives hope to those who often do not see themselves represented in STEM. She is both a role model and a pioneer.
I had the pleasure of joining Dr. Rae a few months ago on a trip to study Black Bears in Lake Tahoe. Here is an image of her in the field.
Sophia is one of a growing number of woman pushing the boundaries in outdoor adventure. Soon after graduating college she became a solo female traveler exploring the United States and living out of her Subaru. This decision was reached by the desire to discover the natural world and to figure out her true passions in telling the story of the land.
A firm believer that emotion and beauty of the natural landscape are the essence of a powerful story to inspire action toward conservation of the planet’s natural wonders. She aims to blend two passions – storytelling and environmental sustainability.
Her main outdoor passions are rock climbing, hiking, and kayaking.