Joanna Sulich

Reaserach associate

Joanna Sulich is a behavioral ecologist currently studying the impact of climate change on the maternity denning of polar bears. Joanna earned an M.Sc. degree at the University of Tromsø, Norway, and the Norwegian Polar Institute, where she investigated shifts in polar bear denning behavior on the Svalbard archipelago. She continues her work through a collaborative Maternal Den Project carried out by the Polar Bears International, the Norwegian Polar Institute, and the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Her current research on polar bears focuses on the extensive use of GPS collars combined with various camera systems. Joanna combines her passion for the outdoors with scientific methodology to design and conduct research in diverse and demanding conditions. She is committed to human-carnivore coexistence and has a keen interest in sociobiology, landscape ecology, as well as conservation biology through culturally sensitive management models. Joanna is actively involved in science communication outside academia and takes a creative approach to science outreach with art and visual media. She currently lives in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.