Conservation & Science Staff Bios

Anna Czupryna

  Research Coordinator, Serengeti Health Initiative
Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology


  • Ph.D. Candidate ­– Ecology and Evolution, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.S. – Biological Sciences, DePaul University
  • Graduate Studies in Teaching and Learning, Secondary Science Concentration, DePaul University

About Anna Czupryna:

Anna is a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying domestic dog population dynamics in villages west of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Always an animal lover, Anna began working as a veterinary assistant in high school. Prior to jetting off to Tanzania for her dissertation research, she also taught high school biology and chemistry, which helped her realize she not only loved teaching about conservation and science—she actually wanted to be the scientist! Anna started at Lincoln Park Zoo in 2007 as an education docent and later worked as a zoo research intern.

She fell in love with Tanzania in 2009 when she traveled to the Serengeti to collaborate with the Serengeti Health Initiative team to begin planning her research. Since then, she has successfully completed her first field season (Aug­ust–December 2010), during which she collected data on 877 domestic dogs in four villages.

She looks forward to three more field seasons to characterize and compare domestic dog demography, welfare and ownership practices in vaccination and non-vaccination villages west of Serengeti National Park. Her research will clarify the impact of rabies vaccination campaigns on domestic dogs and provide critical information to continue these vaccination campaigns in the Serengeti.