Rebecca Wyatt

Rebecca Wyatt

  • Contact Information
  • My Story
  • Background
  • Interests
  • Courses Taught

Contact Information

DegreeDoctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences with a specialization in Applied Ecology
Address243b North Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE

East Campus
Advisor(s)John Carroll


My Story

I started my career in zoological institutions working primarily with elephants and ungulates. I came to Nebraska to pursue my zookeeping and conservation goals with the elephant program at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. I have met like-minded professionals in Nebraska working in wildlife conservation, and I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sciences with a specialization in Applied Ecology. My area of study will continue to be on elephant behavior and physiology and how this relates to biodiversity goals. When I am not studying or working, I enjoy being active outside with my family and dogs.

Rebecca with Elephant



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Master of ArtsBiologyUniversity of Miami-Ohio2018
Bachelor of ScienceAnimal Science | BioscienceUniversity of Tennessee2013



TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
Milton E. Mohr FellowshipNebraska Center for Biotechnology2023
Mary and Charles C. Cooper/Emma I. Sharpless FellowshipInstitute of Agriculture and Natural Resources | UNL2022

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Wildlife conservation
  • Community-based conservation
  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Animal welfare
  • Leadership
  • Elephants and giraffes

Courses Taught

Course NumberCourse TitleFall Even YearsFall Odd YearsSpring Even YearsSpring Odd YearsSummer SessionCross Listing
NRES 441Zoo Keeping and Management XX