Cria Kay, M.S.


Conservation & Science


Urban Wildlife Institute


Adjunct Scientist


M.S. – Environmental Informatics and Environmental Justice, University of Michigan School
B.A. – Environmental Studies, Comparative American Studies, and Geology, Oberlin College


Areas of Expertise

  • Water conservation and access
  • Remote sensing and spatial analysis
  • Environmental justice and equity
  • Urban wildlife management


Cria coordinated Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Information Network from 2018–2021, growing this collaborative from 11 to 35 partnering cities in her time. Her work focuses on the intersection of urban ecology, urban planning, and human-wildlife coexistence. Cria is particularly interested in how race, class, and gender intersect with the study of wildlife in cities.

Cria has worked or interned at a variety of institutions, ranging from the Field Museum in Chicago to Common Ground Health Clinic in New Orleans. She completed a masters degree with a dual track in environmental informatics and environmental justice at University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability. Now, you can find Cria at Northwestern University’s sustainNU program, where she is working toward a more sustainable future for the Greater Chicago Area.


  • Kay, C., K. Markley, D. Rockowitz, M. Sahai, C. Askew-Merwin. 2018. Roadmap to Water Security. Deep Blue, 320.