Research Intern, Elephants

Kristina is a lifelong animal lover. Currently she lives in the outer suburbs of Washington DC, however she spent majority of her adult life down under in Australia. Kristina graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science and a major in Zoology. With her degree she was fortunate enough to have the flexibility to explore different subjects as she was unsure as to what her future held. In the end she focused on conservation genomics, a field to which she had never been exposed before. This led Kristina to return to her childhood ambition of working in wildlife conservation and, given this opportunity at the Smithsonian National Zoo, she is on her way to living her dream.