Conservation & Science Staff Bios

Katelyn Marti Mucha, M.S.

  Senior Population Biologist
Population Management Center


  • M.S. - Biological Sciences, Tree Squirrel Habitat Selection and Niche Partitioning, Eastern Illinois University
  • B.S. -  Integrative Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of Expertise

  • Small population management
  • Genetic and demographic management of zoo and aquarium populations
  • Pedigree analysis and development of pedigree assumptions
  • Population management of group-living species

About Katelyn Marti Mucha:

Katelyn started working at the zoo in 2010; her role as an associate population biologist with the Population Management Center (PMC) was funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant. Katelyn then moved to the Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology as a population biologist for another IMLS grant from December 2011–February 2013. In this position, her primary role was to use simulation-based population viability analyses to assess the long-term sustainability of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) cooperatively managed animal programs (Species Survival Plans®).  

Katelyn is now back with the Population Management Center as senior population biologist, where she conducts genetic and demographic analyses to develop breeding and transfer plans for the AZA’s cooperatively managed animal programs. She also assists conducting research and developing software to improve population management methodology.

Prior to joining Lincoln Park Zoo, Katelyn worked as an intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge and as an undergraduate research assistant working in conjunction with the University of Illinois animal science department and Archer Daniels Midland Company.