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Emily Blanchard

A girl with shoulder-length hair, wearing a t-shirt and jeans, leans on a short wooden pole in the middle of a grassy field, with a mountain range extending to the horizon behind the girl.

At Wildlands Network, Emily helps manage a portfolio of field research projects, including camera trapping in the red wolf recovery area in eastern North Carolina, bridge monitoring for wildlife in Durham, and elk movements with GPS collars in western North Carolina. In addition, she assists with GIS mapping and managing a North Carolina wildlife roads working group. She also leads the student Red Wolf Working Group in the Durahm-Chapel Hill-Raliegh “Triangle” region of North Carolina.

Emily graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2010, where she majored in environmental policy. She then worked in the environmental health and justice field before being selected for a year-long fellowship for her environmental photojournalism project, Faces of Environmental Change. She obtained her Master of Environmental Management in 2015 from Duke University with a concentration in ecosystem science and conservation. Her Masters research focused on forest elephants and the effects of hunting on wildlife communities in Gabon.

Emily enjoys traveling around the world, learning foreign languages, art and photography, and astronomy and quantum physics. She’s also passionate about wildlife conservation and shelter pet adoption.