Who We Are

Christine Browne-Nuñez, Ph.D.

Christine Browne-Nuñez is a conservation social scientist and senior researcher in the Conservation Education Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Her work is focused on the development and evaluation of community-based conservation education projects around the globe. She also serves as an instructor in the Advanced Inquiry Program, a master’s program offered through Miami University in partnership with the Institute for Conservation Research.

Dr. Browne-Nuñez holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Missouri, an M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation/Human Dimensions from the University of Florida. Prior to joining San Diego Zoo Global, she was a post-doctoral research associate with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her graduate and post-doctoral research focused on applying social science theory and methods to identify predictors of social tolerance of elephants in Kenya and wolves in Wisconsin, respectively. 

Dr. Browne-Nuñez has extensive experience in formal and informal education. She began her career as a teacher in a science magnet school. She then served as a volunteer teacher in Nairobi, Kenya, where she helped students start an after-school environmental action club and also led the school’s wildlife club. During her two-year tenure in Kenya, Dr. Browne-Nuñez also managed a volunteer conservation interpretation program at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage, where local and international visitors learned about elephant ecology and conservation. She has taught courses on the science and theory of human dimensions of wildlife conservation at the University of Florida and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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