My Story

My path began in Siberia, where I lived for seven years until my family and I immigrated to California. I later meandered back and forth between Russia, the tropical savannas of northern Australia where I found many birds and a husband, and elsewhere around the world where I was enticed by delicious foods and abundant wildlife. I came to conservation biology because I believe in the intrinsic value of biodiversity, and I enjoy the logic of science. Conservation biology is a science applied to an ethic, and is both theoretical and practical, analytical and emotional. It is steeped in values, urgency, uncertainty, and controversy. In teaching conservation biology at Warren Wilson College, I aim to empower students to develop their own ethic about biodiversity, and to do science that does good in the world.


  • B.A. in Environmental Studies, Warren Wilson College
  • Ph.D. in Biology, Virginia Tech

Research Interests

  • Conservation biology
  • Invasive species biology
  • Behavioral ecology

Courses Taught

  • BIO 2020: Ecology
  • ENS 3100: Conservation and Wildlife Biology

Crews and Other Activities

Member of the Bsal Surveillance Working Group

Contact Dr. Milenkaya

(828) 771-3904
Morse 206
CPO 6327
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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