… is the Associate Director of Community Engagement at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research and the Graduate Advisor and Manager for the AIP. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Trinity University (Texas) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Calgary. Her dissertation research focused on the behavioral ecology, nutrition, and energetics of wild white-faced capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. She has interdisciplinary research interests and experience in lab and field settings with project development and team-based research. She loves teaching, mentoring and wildlife (especially primates!), and combines these to help students realize their potential and explore their passion for conservation through the AIP. Mackenzie lives in Escondido, California, with her husband (Javier), daughter (Freyja), and dog (Murphy) — they enjoy many activities together in the warm California sunshine!