Tanya Berger-Wolf

Tanya Berger-Wolf

Professor, Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois-Chicago

Tanya Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), heads the Computational Population Biology Lab. Berger-Wolf is a computational ecologist whose research is at the unique intersection of computer science, wildlife biology and social sciences. She creates computational solutions to help answer biological questions of why social animals (including humans) do what they do, including social network analysis for understanding how leaders emerge and affect group decisions. Berger-Wolf is  co-founder of the conservation software nonprofit Wildbook, which recently enabled the first-of-its-kind complete species census of the endangered Grevy's zebra, using 100,000 photographs taken by ordinary citizens in Kenya. Berger-Wolf holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has received numerous awards for her research and mentoring, including the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Association for Women in Science Chicago Innovator Award and the UIC Mentor of the Year Award.