Brandi Wren | Colorado Springs, CO |


  • 10 field seasons studying wildlife in southern Africa plus 1.5 years living in South Africa, with professional experience in Asia, Europe, & Central America
  • Authored 2 book chapters in edited volumes and 5 peer reviewed research articles
  • Presented talks on research at 6 conferences and invited as a roundtable discussant
  • Reviewed manuscripts, grants, and book proposals for 13 professional organizations
  • Secured & managed over $35,000 in grant funding for research from 7 organizations including the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation
  • Produced >10,000 hours of realtime transcripts for thousands of clients
  • Member of IUCN Commission on Education and Communication


Grant Writing – Public Speaking – Publishing – Research – Statistics – OneHealth

Teaching & Training – Laboratory Work – Fieldwork – Veterinary Science – Peer Review

Strategic Planning – Problem Solving – Developing Others – Valuing Diversity – Creativity

Educational Content Creation – Project Management – Statistics – Wildlife Management

Captive Husbandry – Ecological Research – Fundraising – Study Abroad – Risk Management

Population Surveys & Assessments – Biological Evaluations – Data Collection



Self-employed Independent Contractor / Colorado Springs, Colorado

Purdue University / West Lafayette, Indiana

  • Produce live meaning for meaning transcripts of university, college, & K12 classes; business meetings; social events; and other engagements with 95%+ accuracy
  • Generate verbatim coded transcripts for closed captioning process
  • Support & maintain privacy of diverse population of clients and vendors


Colorado College / Colo Spgs, Colorado

Purdue University / West Lafayette, Indiana

Ball State University / Muncie, Indiana

Sepela Field Programs / Port St. Lucie, Florida

Enviroguard Ecological Services / Pretoria, South Africa

  • Developed and taught 11 different primate and anthropology themed courses
  • Created & led international primate field program that ran for 9 seasons
  • Mentored hundreds of students at all levels (undergraduate & graduate school)
  • Generated effective field programs, including curricula, training materials, and itineraries
  • Trained diverse population of >100 students in primatology in southern Africa
  • Coordinated student-researcher groups of 5-25 during international travel and fieldwork


Sepela Field Programs / Port St. Lucie, Florida

Enviroguard Ecological Services / Pretoria, South Africa

Ball State University / Muncie, Indiana

  • Built and cultivated professional relationships with international network of >75 conservationists, researchers, sanctuary staff, educators, university staff, etc.
  • Successfully navigated international travel and business policies, offices, bureaucracies
  • Co-managed annual budget of up to ~$70k, liasing between vendors and univerisities
  • Spearheaded website, social media, marketing, and communications campaigns
  • Formulated and implemented strategic planning for development and student recruitment


RESEARCHER 2005Present

Independent, National Coalition of Independent Scholars / Colorado Springs, Colorado

Purdue University / West Lafayette, Indianapolis

Applied Behavioural Ecology & Ecosystem Research Unit, UNISA / Florida, South Africa

Ball State University / Muncie, Indiana

  • Develop and conduct research project on primate behavior, ecology, and biology
  • Managed funding budgets, including payment distribution and budget reports
  • Successfully obtained international permits from CDC and various levels of governments
  • Maintained field vehicles and site and managed team of ~12 for field research
  • Communicate research findings to professional community and general public
  • Manage various multifaceted projects simultaneously and independently
  • Certified CPR & Wilderness First Aid (2015-18) & Snake Awareness Certification (2016)
  • Field experience in southern Africa, Great Smoky Mountains, Belize, Indiana, etc.


M.A. / Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 2006

B.A. / Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 1999


Ray, I.S., & Wren, B.T. (2022). Contracting and consulting: Crafting a career. In N.M. Dorfeld (Ed.), The Invisible Professor: A blueprint for adjunct faculty. Colorado State University Press

Wren, B.T., Ray, I.S., Remis, M., Gillespie, T.R., & Camp, J. (2021). Social contact behaviors are associated with infection status for Trichuris sp. in wild vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus). PLOS ONE, 16(4):e0240872. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240872

Wren, B.T. (2019). Biological complexity in primate sociality and health. In T.R. Turner, C. Schmitt, & J. Danzy Cramer (Eds.), Savanna Monkeys: The Genus Chlorocebus (pp. 133-140). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Doi: 10.1017/9781139019941.011

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