About Susan McConnell

Susan McConnell is a neuroscientist and a Professor of Biology at Stanford University. The work of Jane Goodall inspired her to become a scientist, and her interest in animal behavior led her to study brain development, specifically how neural circuits are built during fetal development. She is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

In addition to her scientific research, Susan is an accomplished photographer with a passion for wildlife conservation. She teaches undergraduate courses on conservation photography, both at Stanford and in the field. For Susan, wildlife photography plays a vital role in telling stories and connecting people with the natural world through empathy. Susan is an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has been mentored by internationally renowned photographers Frans Lanting and Joel Sartore.

Susan’s images have been published in National Geographic, Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer, and many others. Her Namibian elephant images were also featured in a cover story in Smithsonian Magazine, and one was displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.