Conservation & Science Staff Bios
Urban Wildlife Institute
- B.S. – Natural resources and environmental sciences, emphasizing fish and wildlife conservation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Areas of Expertise
- Behavioral ecology
- Wildlife management
About Christine Chung
Christine’s zeal for wildlife as a child often brought her to zoos, where she sketched animals and copied the descriptions on exhibit signs, foreshadowing her future education and career path in wildlife conservation. In addition to her degree in wildlife conservation, she supplemented her education with various federal and nonprofit positions. These included ornithological research with endangered terns on an isolated island, tracking desert bighorn sheep in the Colorado canyonlands and animal care work with Montana furbearers, such as black bears, wolves and mountain lions. She even had the privilege to assist in wildlife recovery efforts during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Christine’s enthusiasm for mammalogy brought her to Kenya and Tanzania to study wildlife management. Her research project on human-wildlife conflict mitigation in the African bush near Lake Manyara National Park introduced her to conflicts commonly faced in urban interfaces.
Versed in animal care, environmental education and wildlife research, her diverse field experiences prepared her to approach conservation in a new setting: an urban one. As an Urban Wildlife Institute Research Intern, Christine assists in the photo and database management of the Urban Wildlife Biodiversity Monitoring Project, a long-term study focused on monitoring wildlife populations in the Chicagoland area. She also provides support for the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo and other Urban Wildlife Institute research projects within and outside of the zoo. She is collecting and analyzing behavioral data from photos and videos taken by motion-triggered cameras for her individual research project.
Christine is interested in working with endangered and threatened species and conducting mammalian behavioral research. In the future, she hopes to pursue higher education to expand upon her knowledge and skill set and further her career in wildlife conservation.