Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she heads the Computational Population Biology Lab. Her research interests are in applications of computational techniques to problems in population biology of plants, animals, and humans, from genetics to social interactions. As a legitimate part of her research she gets to fly in a super-light airplane over a nature preserve in Kenya, taking a hyper-stereo video of zebra populations.
Dr. Berger-Wolf is a also a founding member of the conservation software non-profit IBEIS.org, which recently enabled the first ever complete count of a species, the endangered Grevy's zebra, using 100,000 photographs taken by citizen scientists' in Kenya.
Dr. Berger-Wolf has received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After spending some time as a postdoctoral fellow working in computational phylogenetics and doing research in computational epidemiology, she returned to Illinois. She has received numerous awards for her research and mentoring, including the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the UIC Mentor of the Year and Graduate Mentor awards. More information about her can be found at compbio.cs.uic.edu/~tanya