Alex Hettena is currently pursuing a PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University. As part of the Texas Carnivore Ecology Lab, she is exploring the ecology and management of an unharvested coyote population at the San Antonio Viejo Ranch. Her research interests include the carnivore-livestock conflict, carnivore conservation, and spatial ecology.
Alex is originally from San Francisco, CA. She earned a BA in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology from Vanderbilt University and a MS in Environmental Science from Pace University. She has participated in a variety of different research projects throughout the Americas. Prior to this academic endeavor, Alex worked on a mountain lion conservation project in California, where she studied mountain lion diet composition and movement in a semi-rural study area and promoted coexistence through education and public outreach. Her long-term goal is to contribute to the field of carnivore conservation through research and meaningful communication with the public.