Montana State University
Dr. Robert Garrott is a faculty member in the Ecology Department at Montana State University and the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Management Program. The focus of his research is understanding the abiotic and biotic ecological processes that influence mammalian populations and communities. He works in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems and contributes to basic science as well as applied wildlife management and conservation through collaborations with state and federal natural resource agencies. Dr. Garrott teaches undergraduate courses in wildlife management techniques and principles of fish and wildlife management. He received his M.S. in Wildlife Management from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Wildlife Conservation.
University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Lynn Huntsinger is Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Huntsinger is a rangeland ecologist whose work focuses on the conservation and management of rangelands and ranching. Ongoing studies include research on oak woodland landowners and management in California and Spain, land fragmentation and conservation in oak woodlands, and participatory management strategies. She is a team leader for the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project, working with the Forest Service and state agencies to restore forest health. She continues to pursue lines of inquiry and theory she has found useful to her work: ecological models for disequilibrium systems as tools to understand the linkages between human relationships and ecological change; work in political ecology founded in basic notions of who wins and who loses in struggles over access to natural resources; and adaptive management as arbitrator in landscape and resource management. Dr. Huntsinger is also a California Certified Range Manager. She received her Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and Management from the University of California, Berkeley.
Linda E. Kalof
Michigan State University
Dr. Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of Michigan State University’s interdisciplinary graduate specialization in Animal Studies. She has published more than 40 articles and book chapters and ten books including Making Animal Meaning (MSU Press, 2011), A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Middle Ages (Berg 2010), A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Renaissance (Berg 2010), Introduction to Social Statistics (Wiley/Blackwell, 2009), Essentials of Social Research (McGraw-Hill 2008), Looking at Animals in Human History (University of Chicago/Reaktion 2007), A Cultural History of Animals in Antiquity (Berg 2007), The Animals Reader (Berg 2007), The Earthscan Reader in Environmental Values (Earthscan 2005), and Evaluating Social Science Research (Oxford University Press 1996). Dr. Kalof served as General Editor for the multi-volume A Cultural History of Animals and A Cultural History of the Human Body, and she is currently editing A Cultural History of Women and The Animal Turn. She has received two outstanding scholarship awards (the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title for A Cultural History of Animals 2008 and the ASA Outstanding Paper Award from the Animals & Society Section 2010). She was named a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in 2008; appointed to the Advisory Board for the Detroit Zoo’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare in 2010; and is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in the World.
Paul R. Krausman
University of Montana
Dr. Paul R. Krausman is the Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana. His professional interests lie in the study of large mammals, especially as influenced by anthropogenic factors. Projects he is currently conducting include ecology of desert mule deer in southeastern California, winter ecology of mule deer in Montana and Idaho, predator-prey relationships between wolves and ungulates in Arizona, bison use of water in Montana, caribou-calving shifts in Newfoundland, use of clear cut areas by caribou in Newfoundland, and diet quality of bighorn sheep. He belongs to many professional organizations, including the Wildlife Society, Society for Range Management, and American Society of Mammologists. Dr. Krausman received his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho in Wildlife Science.
Madan K. Oli
University of Florida
Dr. Madan K. Oli is Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Florida. Dr. Oli seeks to understand factors and processes that influence dynamics, regulation, and persistence of populations and to contribute to science-based management of wildlife populations. His research addresses both basic theoretical questions and finding practical solutions to ecological problems using a combination of ecological theory, mathematical and statisical models, and field data. He was granted the University of Florida Research Professor Award in 2010 to fund his projects. Dr. Oli has published or co-authored over 100 publications. He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University.
Brigham Young University
Dr. Steven Petersen is currently an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) where he teaches landscape ecology, natural resource planning, and forest ecology and management. He conducts research on the spatio-temporal effects of juniper invasion on natural resources, sage-grouse habitat assessment at broad spatial scales, and the impacts of wild horse distribution patterns on plant community structure. He advises graduate and undergraduate students, is the coach of the BYU plant team, and an advisor for the range and wildlife club. He was employed by the department to teach a suite of rangeland classes including arid-land plant identification, ecophysiology, landscape ecology, and rangeland ecology and management. Dr. Petersen graduated from Oregon State University in 2004 with a Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and Management.
David M. Powell
Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronz Zoo
Dr. David M. Powell is Assistant Curator of Mammals at the Bronx Zoo, overseeing hoofed animals and carnivores. His research interests lie in studies of the role of dominance and subordiance in animal societies. As a zoo biologist, he is interested in application of behavioral knowledge to management of animals in captivity with the goal of promoting captive breeding, preparing animals for reintroduction, and ensuring optimal animal welfare. He has studied a variety of species both in captivity and in the field and has studied the application of captive population genetic management techniques to wild populations. Populations studied include feral horses, gorillas, flamingos, lions, golden lion tamarins, kori bustards, octopus, small carnivores, and giant pandas. Dr. Powell received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Maryland. He is a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. He is also a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Animal Welfare Committee, Equid Taxon Advisory Group, Caprid Taxon Advisory Group, and Contraceptive Advisory Board. He has participated in the IUCN Conservation Breeding Group's Horses of Assateague Island Population and Habitat Viability Assessment Workshop.
Daniel I. Rubenstein
Dr. Daniel I. Rubenstein is the Chair of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at Princeton University, where he is also a professor. His research focuses on decision-making in animals. Dr. Rubenstein develops simple mathematical models to generate predictions that can be tested using data gathered from structured field observations or experimental manipulations. Much of his recent research on the adaptive value of behavior has centered on understanding the social dynamics of equids: horses, zebras, and asses. How risks are assessed, decisions are made, and conflicts of interest among individuals of differing phenotypes with differing needs are avoided is the focus of his ongoing research into the control of behavior. His latest research focuses on one such problem - the rules governing animal movements and migration - and involves the interaction of 'self-organizing' behavioral movement rules, ecological information, and habitat structure at multiple spatial scales to understand how migratory animal movements respond to human-induced land use change and how these changes in movement in turn affect population stability. Dr. Rubenstein received his M.S. from Cambridge University and his Ph.D. from Duke University.
David S. Thain
University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. David S. Thain is an Assistant Professor and State Extension Veterinarian in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Veterinary Science at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He is actively engaged in a vareity of research interests. He currently is participating in feral/wild horse contraception methods, range cattle DNA paternity testing, bighorn sheep and domestic sheep disease interactions, mule deer mortality issues, and catastrophic bighorn sheep die offs. Dr. Thain has a particular interest in development of cost-effective management tools for agency wild horse and burro field managers. Prior to his employment at UNR, he was the Nevada State Veterinarian, where he was responsible for managing the Virginia Range Estray Horse Program. This is a state feral horse herd adjacent to Reno, Nevada. Dr. Thain practiced veterinary medicine in Wyoming and Montana from 1980 to 1998. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1980.