Areas of Expertise: Animal and environmental biology
Katarzyna is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist, trained in biological and environmental social sciences. She is particularly interested in links between biodiversity and food security and in understanding how insights into human psychology and behaviour can help improve conservation outcomes for nature and people’s wellbeing.
Twitter handle: @KasiaMiko
Katarzyna joined ARU in 2020 as a postdoc in Helen Wheeler’s group, studying perceived wellbeing impacts of rewilding among English farmers. Having begun her academic journey with a BSc in Zoology from Edinburgh University, she did an interdisciplinary MSc in conservation science at Oxford University and later completed a doctorate at Lancaster University. She has experience working in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. In her PhD, she studied psychological connection with nature and values among farmers in the Brazilian Amazon, questioning entrenched beliefs about the origin and importance of intrinsic caring about nature as a motivation for conserving biodiversity.
English, Polish, Portuguese, French. Elementary Spanish and Russian
PhD Environmental Sciences, University of Lancaster, UK
MSc. Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, University of Oxford, UK
BSc. Biological Sciences (Hons. Zoology), University of Edinburgh, UK
Mikołajczak, K., Lees, A. C., Barlow, J., Sinclair, F., Trindade de Almeida, O., Souza, A. C., & Parry, L. (2021). Who knows, who cares? Untangling ecological knowledge and nature connection among Amazonian colonist farmers. People and Nature. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10183
Mikołajczak, K.M., Jones, N., Sandom, J.C., Wynne-Jones, S., Beardsall, A., Burgelman, S., Ellam, L., & Wheeler, H. (in review). Rewilding – the farmers perspective. Perceptions of rewilding impacts among English farmers using a socio-ecological wellbeing and values approach.