Mentors shape and inspire research and career goals: Meet Katrien Kingdon

Katrien Kingdon, PhD Student – Memorial University of Newfoundland

Soapbox Science talk title: “The whereabouts of wolves: The importance of predators in our landscapes”

Q: What, or who, inspired you to get a career in science?

My inspiration for a career in science stems from a life-long interest in wildlife that was always encouraged by my parents and our time spent outdoors. During my undergraduate degree, I became interested in how humans and their activities can impact wildlife behaviour while working with Dr. Marty Leonard, an inspiring woman in science herself. This introduction to research encouraged me to pursue further education here at MUN. Here, I have had the opportunity to work with many supportive mentors who continue to shape and inspire my research and career goals as a wildlife biologist.

Q: What is the most fascinating aspect of your research/work?

I love getting to do fieldwork. I find the hands-on components of research very rewarding and provide a unique perspective that you cannot get otherwise. For my research specifically, tracking wolves and investigating sites that they have visited provide additional clues on wolf behaviour. This can include the types of habitat that wolves prefer to travel through or rest in, and where prey are found at different times of the year. These details help inform the questions we are asking and the type of data we need. 

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