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Ellen Emrich

Ellen cultivated a love of wild spaces and species growing up on a small acreage in Minnesota. Hours were spent listening, on the riverbank or amongst the ferns, waiting for a discovery to emerge. After graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies, she conducted fieldwork in diverse environments across the United States and Africa, specializing in population and behavioral ecology studies with species including Canada lynx and osprey. 

Currently, she serves as Development Coordinator for MarAlliance and the Okapi Conservation Project, advocating for holistic conservation models that amplify the voices of women and indigenous communities. These experiences and global collaborations have instilled her passion for furthering our understanding of ecological systems and advocating native-led conservation applications for real-world conservation challenges.