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Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada Conservation Planning Biologist and Adjunct Professor of Conservation Biology, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle specializes in understanding the impacts and interactions of climate and land-use change on biodiversity, and translating the implications into conservation planning. Much of her work is focused on developing systematic landscape planning approaches for conserving biodiversity, and working with expert/Indigenous traditional knowledge and empirical data to achieve science-based decisions. She is dedicated to working with First Nations, Governments and NGOs to provide the best available conservation science for policy approaches, land-use planning, and protected area management throughout the northern boreal mountains. Dr. Mantyka-Pringle holds a PhD from the University of Queensland’s Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions in Australia. She has worked for the Queensland State Government as a Research Projects Officer, managing water quality and aquatic ecosystem health. In Canada, she worked on the University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) Indigenous-community led research programs on the impacts of multiple stressors on River Deltas, and on informing policy and planning processes around species at risk and climate change mitigation. Chrystal received a 2017 Mitacs Research Fellowship and the 2015 Thomson Reuters Citation & Innovation Award for her work. She now works as a Conservation Planning Biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada and is an Adjunct Professor of Conservation Biology with the School of Environment and Sustainability at the U of S.


  • 2019–present
    Conservation Planning Biologist, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
  • 2019–present
    Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan
  • 2017–present
    Mitacs Elevate Research Fellow , University of Saskatchewan
  • 2014–2016
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Saskatchewan
  • 2013–2014
    Research Projects Officer, Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation of Australia
  • 2010–2013
    Postgraduate Scholar, University of Queensland