Arielle Parsons, Ph.D.


Conservation & Science


Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology


Research scientist


Ph.D – Wildlife Biology, North Carolina State University
M.S. – Zoology, North Carolina State University
B.Sc. – Zoology, McGill University

Areas of Expertise

  • Community and population ecology
  • Demographic modeling
  • Abundance and distribution modeling


Arielle is a quantitative ecologist and population biologist. Arielle joined the zoo as a Research Scientist in the Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology in 2022. Arielle’s research examines factors influencing wildlife population demographics, dynamics, distribution, movement and interspecific interactions using cutting-edge quantitative and field methods. Much of her past work has involved analysis of large-scale ecological datasets including camera trap data and citizen-science observations, addressing a range of questions from implications of global change on mammal abundance and distribution to modeling factors affecting disease risk in human populations.

Arielle is particularly interested in addressing applied questions related to population persistence and dynamics, particularly in the face of anthropogenic change. Her current work at Lincoln Park Zoo involves data analysis for demographic modeling, predominantly for wild populations at risk.