Hollis Howe

Researcher at Wild Animal Initiative

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Announcing "Naming What We Can"!

We could embrace "intitiative," which I type at least twice a day.

How can non-biologists contribute to wild animal welfare?

I work at Wild Animal Initiative. Lack of funding is a major constraint on the movement right now, so donating is a great way to make an impact. The main organizations working on wild animal welfare currently are Wild Animal Initiative, Rethink Priorities, and Animal Ethics.

If you're moved to pursue a career in wild animal welfare research, a computer science background may be more useful than you think. Your experience could be the foundation for a graduate degree in bioinformatics, population ecology, evolutionary biology, or climate science, for example. Computer scientists could contribute to the field by improving wildlife monitoring technology, making code-heavy data analysis tools more accessible, or developing tools for organizing and sharing research about wild animal welfare.

Whatever you end up doing, it's great that you're interested in helping wild animals. If you want to chat more about how you can apply your talents to this cause area, feel free to reach out!