Maddy Jackson is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 emerging conservationist grant winners. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2017 with a BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and currently works for the Yellowstone Wolf Project as a wildlife research technician. Over the past few years, Maddy has sought out a variety of experiences that will help her in her effort to study, protect, and advocate for threatened wildlife populations. In 2015, she worked with a team of biologists in northern Tanzania to conduct large mammal population surveys to assess the impact of the United Nation’s REDD+ land-use plan on wildlife conservation.
In northern Minnesota, she learned how to capture and radio collar wolves for the US Geological Survey’s wolf-deer project, one of the longest-running predator-prey studies in the world. She later tracked threatened swift foxes across the plains of northeastern Montana and searched predicted habitat for wolf sign in the dense forests and wilderness of northcentral Idaho.