Julie Polasik Research Biologist

Julie grew up in upstate New York where she spent a great deal of time outdoors and gained an early interest in the environment and wildlife conservation. She spent her college years in the Adirondack Mountains where she obtained her B.S. Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Paul Smith’s College. Julie moved to the western states soon thereafter and spent several years working seasonal wildlife jobs until she returned to school to complete her M.S. Degree in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management at the University of Wyoming. Over the last decade she has studied songbirds, raptors, and shorebirds as well as amphibians, reptiles, and bumble bees across Wyoming, Alaska, California, Colorado, Michigan, South Dakota, and New York. Julie finally landed in Jackson Hole in 2019 when she discovered it was the ideal location for combining a career in wildlife science with outdoor recreation in the mountains. She is a passionate birder who loves being involved in research focused on the conservation of wildlife. Julie lives in Teton Valley, ID where she spends her free time hiking, backpacking, and nordic skiing with her rescue dog Bandit.

Favorite Raptor: Boreal Owl

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