Congratulations to Christine Wilkinson, a conservation biologist and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, on being named a 2022 Schmidt Science Fellow.
Established in 2018 by Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, the fellowship provides researchers with one or two years of support, individual mentorship, and an annual stipend of $100,000. Wilkinson joins a cohort of 29 postdoctoral fellows, including UC Berkeley postdoc Kara Fong.
A carnivore ecologist and former researcher in the labs of professors Maggi Kelly and Justin Brashares, Wilkinson’s PhD research explored methods of incorporating multidisciplinary mapping with carnivore ecology and behavior, land use, and human activity to inform conservation strategies.
She plans to use the support from the Schmidt Science Fellowship to pivot from ecology to computer science. As a Fellow, Wilkinson will explore machine learning methods as a way to understand shared socioecological drivers of human health, wildlife health, and connectivity in urban spaces.
Read the full announcement on the Schmidt Science Fellowship website.