Alexis Mychajliw

investigating the past, present, and future of island mammals. and ones with wiggly noses, too.

About Me


A New Yorker at heart, I have lived and worked all across the state, banding birds in the New York City harbor and censusing insects in the Catskill Mountains.

I am a proud graduate of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and use its motto “Knowledge with Public Purpose” to guide my work, ensuring that my science is relevant to the stakeholders it impacts most. I received my B.S. in 2012 in Biological Sciences, with interdisciplinary coursework in natural resource policy and environmental economics to contextualize my core scientific knowledge.

Drawing upon my research experiences and work at non-governmental organizations, I began the biology doctoral program at Stanford University in 2012. I am currently a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow studying how mammalian communities and the ecosystems they inhabit changed in response to Late Quaternary extinction drivers.

I am also a Haas Center Graduate Public Service Fellow, where I work to encourage students to step beyond campus boundaries and recognize that knowledge can be found outside of a classroom.

I am most at home studying small mammals, particularly rodents and “insectivores”.hedgies-on-board1

Hedgehogs are my spirit animal.