I’m Katey Duffey, a veteran of the US Army (6 years), and a zoologist with a passion for mitigating human-carnivore conflicts. I earned a B.A. in Zoo and Wildlife Biology, and a Minor in Psychology at Malone University, and earned a M.A in Zoology from Miami University. Between my undergrad years starting in 2005 to now, I have experiences working with a large variety of reptiles (70+ species), both captive and wild wolves, and have done local coyote coexistence outreach. From 2014-2016, I collaborated with the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, and Irbis Mongolia Center to collect data on a little known snow leopard population in western Mongolia. A major component of other projects there was in working closely with the herding community to prevent livestock depredation by snow leopards and wolves, as well as educating both locals and the general public on snow leopard conservation.
Currently, I am collaborating with Green Initiative NGO, and Duquesne University on a One Health-based snow leopard project in Mongolia’s Altai region, investigating possible diseases in snow leopards. One Health is a multi-disciplinary field that combines the efforts of professionals from wildlife/ecology, veterinary, and human health. It ties together all human and animal aspects in order to address conservation concerns for keystone species and an ecosystem as a whole.
I really love doing field work in remote locations, but also enjoy engaging in science communication to broader audiences. Before getting into research, the vast majority of my experiences had something to do with public speaking and informal education for wildlife or natural history programs.