How Female Biologist Earns Peer Respect in Male Dominated Industry - Alayne Cotterill

In Chapter 11 of 13 in her 2010 interview with Capture Your Flag Host Erik Michielsen, wildlife biologist Alayne Cotterill shares how she developed peer respect and support working in a male dominated African conservation biologist world. She prioritizes not becoming masculine and quietly asserts herself, staying tough and refraining from showing weakness. Over time, the quiet confidence earns Cotterill support. Often isolated from human interaction, Cotterill turns to humor and writing to engage her family support network and help her through difficult times. Learn more about Alayne's work at