Carolyn Whitesell

thumb_IMG_1687_1024Research Interests: I’m a PhD candidate primarily focused on human-carnivore conflict. I received my B.S. degree in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution at University of California, San Diego and then went on to work as a wildlife ecologist in Namibia and Botswana before starting graduate school. In addition to my PhD research, I conducted a wildlife survey of southeastern Angola in 2016 in collaboration with Panthera.


Current ResearchI conducted my PhD research on human-carnivore conflict in Botswana. I deployed GPS collars onto lions to study their movement patterns, analyzed livestock depredation events, conducted questionnaire surveys of farmers in Habu Village, and completed seasonal track counts along the interface of a protected area and a cattle area.