Anna Kusler is a graduate researcher with Panthera and the Zambian Carnivore Programme. Her relationship with Panthera first began as a field technician and master's student for Panthera's Teton Cougar Project (TCP). Her thesis, a collaboration between Panthera and Pace University, examined how cougars use and select competition refugia, and determined how this resource impacted cougar home range size and selection. Prior to her work with TCP, Anna received her B.S. from Cornell University and worked with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust to study how cheetahs use scent-marking trees in the Okavango Delta of northern Botswana. Anna is now a Ph.D. student at Montana State University; her dissertation, a collaboration between Montana State University, the Zambian Carnivore Programme, the Panthera Cheetah Program, and the Range-wide Conservation Program for Cheetah, will examine the connectivity, demography, and conservation of cheetahs in the KAZA landscape of southern Africa, with an emphasis on the Greater Kafue and Greater Liuwa ecosystems.