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. For several years, I worked with a large variety of reptiles (70+ species), worked with both captive and wild wolves, and have done local coyote coexistence outreach.
I began studying snow leopards in 2014, working 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’m 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’m also the Director of Communications for The Tulsi Foundation. The Tulsi Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides trauma training to frontline conservation staff, such as rangers and field researchers. Since 2016, The Foundation has worked with rangers in tiger reserves in India to teach field staff how to respond to basic first aid and emergency situations that often occur while working in remote environments, especially with injuries as a result of attacks by carnivores, venomous snakes, and environmental hazards. I started working with The Foundation December, 2017 to assist in conducting health checks, trauma training, and collecting data on health concerns of field staff in tiger reserves. This experience is a way to combine my training as an Army Combat Lifesaver, wilderness medicine skills, and background in wildlife conflict. I was then inspired me to become certified as an ECSI Wilderness First Aid instructor in order to continue my involvement and growth with wilderness medicine while working with more experts in that field to help educate others.
Not only do 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.
When I’m not engaging in research or conservation projects, I enjoy spending time with my Morgan horse Max, my collie Skylar and labra-dobie Penny, hiking, doing martial arts, archery, mountain biking, and drawing.