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Caitlin Barale Potter

Caitlin Barale Potter

… has been fascinated by wildlife and wilderness for as long as she can remember. This curiosity has led her all over the world to her current oh-so-exotic residence of Cambridge, Minnesota. In her present-day role as the education and community engagement coordinator at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, one of ecology’s highest-regarded field stations, she leads research on red-headed woodpeckers, bison and wolves; teaches science to thousands of K-16 students annually; and supervises a wide variety of citizen science and adult learning opportunities. She also manages Cedar Creek’s Eyes on the Wild camera trap project, which engages the global community in exploring the landscapes and wildlife of East Central Minnesota. Before landing at Cedar Creek, Caitlin studied gelada monkeys in Ethiopia, taught natural history in Kenya, and volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Guatemala. In addition, she developed after-school programs at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and backpacked the Pacific Crest Trail.  She has taught for Project Dragonfly since 2016, including online courses and Primate Conservation in Borneo. Caitlin holds a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Ecology from the University of California at Davis, and a master’s and Ph.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. She is also the co-chair of the Long-Term Ecological Research network’s Education and Outreach Committee. When she’s not working with kids or animals, Caitlin enjoys baking cakes, snowshoeing, sewing bags and boxes, and dreaming about her next Earth Expedition!