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Anna Estes

Director of the Ecology and Anthropology in Tanzania Program and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies

Education & Professional History

Wesleyan Universtiy, BA; University of Wisconsin - Madison, MS; University of Virginia, PhD

Carleton Global Engagement Programs is pleased to introduce Dr. Anna Estes as Faculty Director of Ecology and Anthropology in Tanzania

Dr. Anna Estes ( is an ecologist with over 20 years of experience teaching and doing research in Tanzania, where she also spent part of her childhood. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, her MS from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and her BA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. As an ecologist and conservationist, Anna’s goal is to produce science that can help further human-wildlife coexistence.

Anna’s primary interests are in human-wildlife interactions through the lens of changing landscapes and habitats. Her research has included land-use impacts to biodiversity and ecosystem health, landscape-level predictors of human-wildlife conflict, land-cover change around protected areas, wildlife movement, habitat use and population connectivity, human demography and movement, and eco-health and zoonotic diseases. She loves teaching and has been involved in experiential education for almost 20 years.  She is also particularly committed to expanding STEM education and opportunities, particularly in ecology and human-environment interactions, to groups that have been under-represented in these fields. She is an adjunct professor in Life Sciences at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania, and a member of the IUCN African Elephant and Connectivity Conservation Specialist Groups.

At Carleton since 2019.

Current Courses

  • Fall 2022
    ENTS 255: Ecology & Anthropology Tanzania Program: Field Methods in Ecology and Anthropology
    ENTS 355: Ecology & Anthropology Tanzania Program: Ecology and Conservation of Savanna Ecosystems in Northern Tanzania
    ENTS 392: Ecology & Anthropology Tanzania Program: Independent Research
    LCST 101: Ecology and Anthropology Tanzania Program: Elementary Swahili
    SOAN 326: Ecology and Anthropology Tanzania Program: Cultural Anthropology of East Africa