I am a wildlife biologist and author working full time for the Wildlife Conservation Society as their Russia & Northeast Asia Coordinator, a task that includes owls, tigers, and migratory waterbirds across Asia.

As such, my work takes from from the tundra of Alaska and northeast Russia to the coastal mudflats of Thailand and Cambodia. In addition, I am one of the world’s foremost experts on Blakiston’s fish owl.

My writings, scientific research, and photographs have been featured by the BBC World Service, the New York Times, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, The New Yorker, and Audubon Magazine, among others.


2017: Special Achievement Award, International Festival of Owls

2020: Early Career Alumni Award, University of Minnesota


  1. Really into “Winter Ecology of the Amur Tiger” now. What an amazingly educational book!! I’m practicing their remarkable methods by tracking Bobcats, Javelina, Coyotes and Rabbits looking for the nuances they describe. BTW, I took a quiz by WCS and my personality came out as AMUR TIGER!! I guess that’s because when I read about them, I try to think like one. Awesome!!


      1. I certainly will leave a great review on Amazon but I’m reading slowly and taking notes so it will be about a week to form a comprehensive statement. I have a question about the track measurements. We’re fortunate to have snow now, but I normally track in sandy soil. The rule I follow is to measure from inside the bend of the track imprint, rather than from the outside of the bend. Did Yudokov and Nikolaev imply this with the photo in the photo of pad measurement? I’ve seen their photos of tracks in snow, but not with a ruler designating how the track was measured, or taking degradation due to melting from residual heat into account. Just curious, as a slightly melted female track might look like a male? Here, this is critical to differentiate between Bobcat and Mountain Lion – a big difference. Perhaps Ms. Nikolaev would know? “Winter Ecology of the Amur Tiger” is so good that it vastly expands my curiosity!


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