Conservation & Science Staff Bios

Nicole Clausen

  Population Biologist
Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology


  • B.A. – Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University

About Nicole Clausen:

Nicole grew up with a strong passion for the environment and animals and found her niche during her studies of wildlife conservation and ecology. Following her passion, she attended Northeastern Illinois University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in environmental studies and also minoring in biology. 

Shortly following graduation, Nicole began volunteering as a research intern for Lincoln Park Zoo’s Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology in June 2012. There, she worked alongside a team of population biologists focusing on producing reports for small zoo-based populations for the IMLS grant-funded population viability analysis (PVA) project. She worked with the rest of the team to assess the sustainability of Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Animal Programs including bear, parrot, felid and antelope analyses.

In February 2013, Nicole took the position of population biologist to further her work with the PVA project. She looks forward to using PVAs to improve animal-management practices for wildlife conservation across institutions and contributing to the conservation research led by Lincoln Park Zoo.