Karen received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 2000 and went on to receive her Masters degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation in 2002 from Napier University in Scotland.  Her thesis involved studying a nature reserve as a potential release site for a rehabilitated Vervet Monkey troop.
Karen joined the staff at Fellow Mortals in 2003, after completing an internship. She is currently an Advanced Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator at the hospital, where she is also responsible for intern training and scheduling, development of Fellow Mortal’s nature and education center and related public education opportunities. As part of ongoing research at the hospital, Karen completed a three-year study on the rehabilitation of orphan cottontails and presented the findings at the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association 2008 conference.

From 2008 to 2010, Karen had the opportunity to take a hiatus which allowed her to visit rehabilitation facilities and sanctuaries in other countries.  During this time Karen also volunteered as a research assistant on the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour disease team and worked with a Scottish Wildlife Hospital both as a volunteer and as a trainee centre manager.

Returning to Fellow Mortals in 2010, Karen has partnered with other wildlife professionals in the development of post-release studies of rehabilitated wildlife, including post-release research on Beaver, Great-horned Owl and Sandhill Crane.


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