Dr. Karen B. Strier is Vilas Research Professor and Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has been based since 1989. She earned her BA from Swarthmore College and her MA and PhD from Harvard University. She is an international authority on the endangered northern muriqui monkey, which she has been studying in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest since 1982. Her pioneering, long-term field research has been critical to conservation efforts on behalf of this species and has been influential in broadening comparative perspectives on primate behavioral and ecological diversity. Dr. Strier served as the President of the International Primatological Society (2016-2022). She was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2005, and as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. She is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Primatologist award from the American Society of Primatology, honorary memberships in the Sociedade Brasliera de Primatologia and the Sociedade Latin Americana de Primatologia, and an honoroary PhD degree from the University of Chicago. In 2020 she was awarded the “Prêmio Muriqui” from the Conselho Nacional da Reserva Biosfera da Mata Atlantica.
Bióloga pela UFBA, onde também fez mestrado em Ecologia. Doutorado em Oceanografia Biológica pela USP, com período sanduíche na Texas A&M University. Se interessa pelos aspectos ecológicos de organismos planctônicos, especialmente no que diz respeito à sua distribuição e espectro de tamanhos, divulgação científica e desigualdades de gênero na carreira científica.