Dr Katarzyna Mikolajczak

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Life Sciences

Location: Cambridge

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

Research gate profile


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.

Spoken Languages

English, Polish, Portuguese, French. Elementary Spanish and Russian

Research interests

  • Conservation psychology
  • Human-nature relations
  • Biodiversity and food security nexus
  • Ecological restoration and rewilding
  • Multidimensional outcomes of conservation interventions


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

Selected recent publications

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.