Conservation & Science Staff Bios
Laura Kurtycz, M.A.
Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes
- M.A. – Behavioral Effects of Providing a Choice for Outdoor Access for Captive Gorillas, University of Chicago
- B.A. – University of Wisconsin
Areas of Expertise
- Ape behavior
About Laura Kurtycz:
Laura received her B.A. in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin, where she majored in biological anthropology and Chinese. After graduation, she joined Teach for America and spent two years teaching kindergarten and first grade on the south side of Chicago. In summer 2009, she spent one month volunteering at a baboon sanctuary in South Africa, which reignited her love for studying primates.
Laura began working at the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of African Apes in December 2010 as a part of the behavioral monitoring project. During her time as an intern, she completed her master’s degree, using the Fisher Center’s behavioral-monitoring dataset to write her thesis on the effect of outdoor access on gorillas. In November 2011, she joined the Social Spacing project.