Charlotte Hacker, MS, PhD

Charlotte Hacker's Credentials

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Animal Genetics, Duquesne University

Master’s degree, Biology, Western Kentucky University

Bachelor’s degree, Biology and International Studies, Wilkes University

About Charlotte Hacker

Dr. Charlotte Hacker graduated with her Masters in 2015 studying animal welfare and behavior, and her Doctorate in 2021 with a focus on the use of molecular genetic approaches to study at-risk wildlife.

A conservation biologist by vocation, Charlotte’s love for all things animals started with a love for dogs. Her research interests are multifaced and include mammalian genetics, international conservation science policy, and human-animal relations.

Dr. Hacker is passionate about writing, science communication, and improving the livelihoods of humans and the animals they share space with. Her hobbies include yoga, hiking, watching documentaries, and traveling. She is based in Washington, D.C., with her rescue miniature dachshund, Nittany.

My Dog

Nittany was in a neglectful hoarding situation before I adopted her. Since then, we’ve experienced many highs and lows together, specially bonded and supporting one another through life’s many uncharted territories.

Small, quiet, and cute, Nittany joins in on most adventures while snuggled in a blue sling hanging off of my shoulder.

We both enjoy long walks, road trips, and watching sunsets out of the bay window of our apartment in downtown Washington, D.C.

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