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About Us

Project Coyote, a North American coalition of wildlife scientists, educators, predator- friendly ranchers and community leaders, promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife. As a national non-profit organization based in Northern California, Project Coyote works to change negative attitudes toward coyotes, wolves and other native carnivores by replacing ignorance and fear with understanding, respect and appreciation. All of our work — through education, science, and advocacy — strives to create fundamental and systemic changes in the ways wild carnivores are viewed and treated in North America.

Our Vision
Project Coyote envisions a world where...

  • Human communities coexist synergistically and peacefully with wildlife;
  • Science empowers lasting solutions for resilient carnivore populations;
  • Native carnivores are valued for their critical ecological role and their intrinsic worth;
  • Children understand the value of Wild Nature;
  • Compassionate conservation drives wildlife stewardship.
Why We Need You
Our supporters are our partners in action. Only with your help can we advocate for wildlife in the legislature, in the courtroom, at the ballot box, through the media, in communities. As donors, lobbyists, letter writers, and community advocates, you can help spread our message of compassion and coexistence by...
  • Supporting Project Coyote ~ click here to make a secure online donation;
  • Including Project Coyote in your estate plan ~ contact us for assistance;
  • Informing and empowering yourself and your community using our resources (available here);
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  • Volunteering ~ contact us about opportunities in your area.

 

Representatives

Camilla H. Fox, MA - Founder & Executive Director
For over 15 years, Camilla Fox has worked to protect wildlife and wildlands in the U.S. and internationally. She has served in leadership positions with the Animal Protection Institute, Fur-Bearer Defenders, and Rainforest Action Network and has spearheaded campaigns aimed at protecting native carnivores and fostering humane and ecologically sound solutions to human-wildlife conflicts.

As the Executive Director of Project Coyote and a wildlife consultant, Camilla assists communities, agencies, wildlife managers, and non-governmental organizations in creating innovative solutions to help people and wildlife coexist. A frequent speaker on these issues, Camilla has authored more than 60 publications and is co-author of Coyotes in Our Midst: Coexisting with an Adaptable and Resilient Carnivore and co-editor and lead author of the book, Cull of the Wild: A Contemporary Analysis of Trapping in the United States. Her work on behalf of wildlife has been featured in several national and international media outlets including the German documentary, Coyote: The Hunted Hunter, two North American documentaries: American Coyote- Still Wild at Heart, and On Nature’s Terms, as well as The New York Times, the BBC, NPR, Orion, USA Today magazine, and Bay Nature magazine.

Camilla holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Wildlife Conservation, Policy, and Ecology from Prescott College and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University where she graduated magna cum laude in 1991. She has served as an appointed member on the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture's National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee and currently serves on several national and local advisory boards. In 2006, Camilla received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Marin Humane Society and the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award from the Animal Welfare Institute.

Gina Farr - National Coyote Educator & Communications Advisor
Gina Farr is a multi-skilled communications artist who is passionate about communicating solutions that support the social and environmental health of our communities. Gina’s ability to connect an audience with a message is both science and art; the result of broad skills, professional experience, and an enthusiastic commitment to her vision of a better world. As a multimedia storyteller, Gina has created rich web resources for our National Parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and grassroots political campaigns. She is the producer of Wild Sound Stories, powerful sensory adventures that are the living stories of our vanishing wilds; and is the host of Conversations, a podcast series featuring personal portraits of local environmental, cultural and wildlife heroes.

Gina brings her considerable skills and talents to Project Coyote from the for-profit world. During her 30 years as a consultant and corporate professional, she co-managed the Corporate Trust Department for the Bank of America; designed products for Charles Schwab and Stanford University; and created the decision model for the development of affordable housing in Sonoma County, CA.

Gina's passion is for wildlife and wild places. She is an experienced wildlife rehabilitator, is medically trained as a Wilderness First Responder, and is an accomplished audio naturalist. She serves on the board of the Nature Sounds Society, is a sought after public speaker, and trains environmental advocates in effective communications for the Environmental Forum of Marin.

Karina Grasso - Operations Director
Karina is an educator with a decade-long track record in organizational management. As the Operations Director of Project Coyote, Karina works closely with the Executive Director to support and coordinate organizational development and growth. She creates educational programs, conducts outreach to supporters and the public, assists with research, fundraising and marketing and serves as a liaison with other NGOs, scientists and academics on Project Coyote’s campaigns and programs. Prior to joining Project Coyote, Karina worked as Operations Director for In Defense of Animals and as a volunteer with WildCare.

Karina holds a Master of Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and is in the process of completing a master’s degree in animal studies. She is authoring a thesis on the establishment of coyote friendly communities and coexistence plans in both urban and suburban environments. She views herself as a lifelong learner, and continues to pursue an interdisciplinary study of coyotes and other carnivores.

Karina’s respect and admiration for coyotes began with her first glimpse of this shy and curious canid in the wild. She believes coyotes are persecuted in large part because they are misunderstood, and thus sees education as essential to shift attitudes about predators and create a more compassionate world. In addition to wildlife, Karina has a love for wild places and domestic dogs. She was born in Croatia and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently lives in Marin County, California where she shares her life with three beloved dogs and cat, and a husband equally dedicated to animal defense.

Ashley DeLaup, MS - Colorado Representative & Wildlife Ecologist/Coyote Specialist
Ashley DeLaup is a wildlife ecologist dedicated to increasing understanding of wildlife and ecosystems. Ashley began working in wildlife rehabilitation and quickly realized how fear and misunderstanding led to conflict and persecution of wild animals. She spent ten years in zoo education as the Education Coordinator for the Audubon Institute Louisiana Nature Center and then as the Outreach Coordinator at the Denver Zoo. Recognizing the need for more real world solutions for human-wildlife conflict Ashley was recruited by the City and County of Denver to create wildlife management plans and to support both the city departments and residents in living safely and humanely with wildlife. She helped craft the Coyote Management Guidelines based on the ecology and behavior of urban coyotes- a publication that has been adopted and revised for communities across North America.

While in Denver, Ashley developed a proactive hazing and education program that has become a model for coexistence planning. She is dedicated to empowering communities with the tools, information, and resources to support sustainable ecosystems that include the needs of both people and wildlife. As Project Coyote's Colorado Representative, Ashley works with communities to help promote coexistence and understanding of North America's native Song Dog.

Stacey Evans, Esq. - Legislative & Policy Associate

Stacey Evans is a recognized leader in the animal protection field, as well as an attorney and legislative counsel in Washington, D.C. Stacey is a Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's (TIPS) Animal Law Committee. Stacey also chairs the Animal Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA). Prior to that role, she chaired the legislative subcommittee of the MSBA Animal Law Section, where she successfully advocated for animal legislation.

Stacey writes and speaks on a variety of animal related issues including legislation, policy, and laws impacting wildlife and companion animals. Her work on behalf of animals has been featured in major national media outlets including NPR that interviewed her on the dissent in the highly publicized Maryland Court of Appeals case impacting pit bull-type dogs in Maryland, Tracey v. Solesky. Her work on the coyote/fox penning issue with Project Coyote has been published in the ABA-TIPS-Animal Law Committee Newsletter.

Stacey earned her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University and her bachelor's degree from George Mason University. Her interest in proactively promoting coexistence between people and canids grew out of her experience rescuing and adopting her American Eskimo dog, Louis Luigi who is the love of her life. She works with Project Coyote on legislative and policy strategies.

Randi Feilich - Southern California Representative
Randi Feilich is an MBA graduate from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. Prior to joining Project Coyote, Randi was an Executive Vice President and Partner in an advertising firm.

Randi initiated the successful ban on city funds being used for trapping coyotes in her community - the city of Calabasas, California. Working with Project Coyote, the city adopted a proactive and humane Coyote Management Plan and Educational Outreach Program, shifting the focus from killing to an emphasis on education and the reduction of wildlife attractants.

Randi believes that concerned citizens can speak up and make changes in local policy that protect wildlife. As Project Coyote's Southern CaliforniaRepresentative, Randi coordinates community efforts that promote compassionate coexistence between people and coyotes and empowers citizens and policy makers to implement proactive change for America's native Song Dog.

John Maguranis - Massachusetts Representative
John Maguranis served as a United States Army veterinary technician for more than twenty-years, caring for a wide range of animals from bald eagles to bison. Upon retiring from the army ten years ago and following his love for animals, John became an Animal Control Officer for a small town near Boston, Massachusetts where he has been able to put his veterinary skills to work for wildlife. John quickly recognized the unfair press regarding coyotes and started a campaign to educate the community about why coyotes matter ecologically and why they deserve respect and appreciation. John has since provided over 100 public and private presentations about living with coyotes, empowering communities and Animal Control Officers (ACOs) with the tools, information, and resources they need to coexist with coyotes. His presentations have been requested from organizations that include the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Association, and the Boston Park Rangers. He has provided classes to the Animal Control Officer Certification School for Massachusetts and working with Project Coyote will expand our outreach to the animal services community.

John's love for the environment, wildlife, and ecology has driven him to become a strong advocate for America's Song Dog and conservation issues. He has worked collaboratively with many organizations and researchers throughout New England on policy related issues and field research while advocating for better treatment of coyotes and all wildlife. John's passion and engaging personality have been instrumental in helping to foster educated coexistence and compassionate conservation throughout New England. His ability to distill information from scientists, researchers and biologists and present it in a way that is meaningful and memorable has earned him recognition throughout the North East.

Grant McComb - Youth Outreach Associate
Seventeen-year old Grant McComb is passionate, well spoken and driven toward service to the planet and all its creatures. In 2012 he founded One Planet One Chance (OPOC), which is dedicated to environmental activism and youth education. Currently OPOC is entirely run by young people. As a leader of the youth environmental movement Grant hopes to bring his message not only to the youth of America, but also to youth around the world so that they can collectively have a stronger voice.

McComb produces weekly webisodes for his YouTube channel on environmental and wildlife conservation issues along with potential solutions so that these ideals transcend borders. Early last year he received a certificate in plant based nutrition from Cornell University and continues to study and learn about ways to protect the planet.

To date he has publicly spoken on a variety of environmental issues including the California Fish and Game Commission’s approach to predator management. He is confident that we can bring about systemic change in the way we treat not only predators, but also the entire California environment providing a model for the rest of the nation. Trying to balance advocacy work with a full school load is a challenge, but Grant is dedicated to making this a better world for all: “If I don’t stand up and say something for my generation who will?” He plans on entering politics with an environmental background and base to bring about changes and aid in the effort to save this planet from those who would destroy it for personal gain or lack of foresight.

Judy Paulsen - New Mexico Representative
Since 1992 Judy Paulsen has been rescuing greyhounds and advocating for an end to their suffering on race tracks and at training farms by working closely with national greyhound protection programs seeking to end dog racing.

She was shocked to learn that retired greyhound racers are often handed off to hunters for chasing and killing rabbits and coyotes. Her efforts to bring attention to this cruel practice have been featured in national media outlets including the New York Times.

Living in New Mexico, Paulsen encounters anti-coyote/predator sentiment and believes that education is critical and policy change is necessary to shift the way coyotes are viewed and treated in the West. She works to promote Project Coyote's "Coyote Friendly Communities" program and to raise awareness about the important ecological role that coyotes play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. She is also actively involved in efforts to prohibit coyote killing contests in her home state.

Judy's love for all things canine and her belief that the abuse perpetrated against greyhounds parallels the abuse perpetrated against their wild cousins fuels her passion to make this a better world for all canids- domestic and wild.

In her spare time Judy photographs coyotes and collects and analyzes their scat. Her work in the medical field for 23 years and her love of analytics, scatology, tracking and animal behavior "has created in me an ardent pursuit of facts to help others appreciate the importance in preserving the balance of nature."

Becky Bailey Pomponio - Florida & Virginia Representative
For more than 20 years Becky Bailey Pomponio worked as a radio anchor, reporter and talk show host for the Mutual Broadcasting System, the NBC Radio Network and Voice of America. She then took her award-winning media skills to Capitol Hill in Washington where she served as Press Secretary to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York and as Communications Director for Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland. Later, as Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and then the United States Mint, Becky was responsible for the high media and public profile of these large organizations. Now retired, Becky Bailey Pomponio finds herself busier than ever, helping her small Blue Ridge community and Project Coyote.

Becky became interested in the plight of America’s native song dogs, upon hearing them nightly in the woods surrounding her home in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and has studied them extensively. She helps Project Coyote in its political and public outreach strategy as well as on state campaigns. Becky divides her time between Florida and Virginia, after her long career in media and public affairs in Washington D.C.

Chris Schadler, MS, MA - New Hampshire & Vermont Representative & Wild Canid Ecologist
Chris' interest in wild canids began in 1980 as a volunteer at the Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana under Dr. Erich Klinghammer. This opportunity and others inspired an eventual Masters in Conservation Biology at Antioch University Graduate School. Her thesis focused on the biological and social perspectives of natural recovery for the Eastern Timber Wolf in Michigan.

Beginning in the early 1990's, Chris taught Conservation Issues and Wolf Ecology at the University of New Hampshire, receiving many teaching excellence and student recognition awards. She continues to instruct and mentor adult degree candidates in the UNH System at Granite State College.

While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Chris' attention shifted to the eastern coyote when she moved to New England. She chose a farm with known coyote problems to raise sheep and train her border collies. Using sound livestock management and common sense, she has avoided any predation for nearly two decades. A peaceful co-existence between coyote and livestock has grown an attentive audience for humane management.

Chris continues her work of the last 30 years. She divides her time between teaching on the New Hampshire Seacoast, and working on her book "Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England". Between presentations she can be found at camp in northern New Hampshire tracking coyotes, howling for wolves or leading treks into Canada to study wild canids.

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Shelley M. Alexander, PhD

Shelley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Calgary,Canada. She has conducted field carnivore research in the Canadian Rockies since 1990, and worked briefly with captive wolves and coyotes at Dalhousie University's Animal Research Station in Nova Scotia. There, she also collaborated with Acadia University researchers studying non-lethal deterrents to coyote depredation on sheep.

In 2002, Shelley completed her Ph.D. at the University of Calgary, examining highway traffic effects on 13 species (including coyotes and wolves). The research identified optimal sites for placing wildlife crossing structures along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Shelley established the Calgary Coyote Project in 2005, which has examined coyote diet relative to perceived conflict, urban and rural diet and parasitism, print media portrayal of coyote interactions with people and pets (1998-2010), and spearheaded the on-line, Living with Coyotes. Shelley's research currently serves as the most comprehensive study of contemporary urban coyote issues in Canada.

Shelley's other research collaborations since 2001 have included: modeling swift fox critical habitat, studying road effects on large carnivores in the Yucatan, MX, and developing species-environment models with Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe. Shelley enjoys time with her three dogs and is an avid horse-woman.

Marc Bekoff, PhD
Marc Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado and a former Guggenheim Fellow. In 2000 he was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior and in 2009 he was presented with the Saint Francis of Assisi Award by the Auckland (New Zealand) SPCA. Marc has published more than 500 scientific and popular essays and twenty-three books including Minding Animals, The Ten Trusts (with Jane Goodall), The Emotional Lives of Animals, Animals Matter, Animals at Play: Rules of the Game, Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals. The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint, Ignoring Nature No More: The Case For Compassionate Conservation, Jasper's Story: Saving Moon Bears, and two editions of the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, and the Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships. In 2005 Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners as part of Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program. His websites are marcbekoff.com and, with Jane Goodall, www.ethologicalethics.org and his essays for Psychology Today can be found here.

Kim Murray Berger, PhD
Formerly a research biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Kim joined the Snow Leopard Trust in 2008 as Assistant Director of Science. She specializes in population monitoring, predator-prey interactions, carnivore-livestock conflicts and coexistence, and conservation of wide-ranging species.

Her 2006 paper, Carnivore-Livestock Conflicts: Effects of Subsidized Predator Control and Economic Correlates on the Sheep Industry was part of the basis for a recent petition encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the use of toxicants for predator control. Kim has done field work in Alaska, Norway, Argentina, Namibia, Mongolia, and Wyoming, and has studied species ranging from caribou, moose, pronghorn, and saiga antelope, to coyotes, wolves, and snow leopards. She completed her PhD at Utah State University where her research focused on the impact of wolves on coyote/pronghorn interactions and pronghorn fawn survival in southern Greater Yellowstone.

Bradley J. Bergstrom, PhD
Brad Bergstrom is Professor of Biology at Valdosta State University in Georgia, where he has taught Ecology, Mammalogy, Ornithology and other biology courses for 27 years. Graduate studies at University of Illinois and University of Kansas gave him strong backgrounds in both museum-based systematic zoology and ecological fieldwork. Dr. Bergstrom has performed ecological fieldwork in the Colorado Rockies, southeastern swamps, savannas of East Africa, Neotropical forests, and elsewhere, and he has published his field-based research on mammals and birds in over a dozen peer-reviewed scientific journals.

A native of Chicago, Brad fostered his love of nature through the area's famous museums and zoos and frequent field excursions while pursuing his Eagle Scout. An avid and accomplished birder, Brad is a long-time member of the American Birding Association's "700 Club" and has birded all 50 states, most Canadian provinces, and 21 countries. He conducts breeding and wintering bird surveys for USGS, National Audubon Society, and the states of Florida and Georgia. He is also a long-time environmental activist, having served on numerous boards and steering committees for local, state, regional, and national environmental organizations. Brad is winner of the 1991 Special Achievement Award from the Georgia Environmental Council, and the 2012 American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) Presidential Special Award, for his work on wetlands conservation and mammalian species conservation, respectively.

Dr. Bergstrom has chaired the ASM Conservation Committee since 2007. As a result of his researching and shepherding policy positions for the Society during this time, he has developed a research interest in public policy related to conservation of rare, endangered and otherwise important species of mammals. His committee sponsored a public forum with four officials from USDA Wildlife Services in 2012 and a symposium on predator control in 2013, both of which seek to explore alternative wildlife management paradigms that will facilitate human-wildlife coexistence.

Jeremy Bruskotter, PhD
Dr. Jeremy Bruskoter's research interests center on the social and political dimensions of wildlife conservation and management. Dr. Bruskotter is passionate about wildlife - at one time or another he has called himself hunter, angler, and wildlife photographer. His interest in natural resources conservation and management stem largely from his experiences growing up in a former logging town along the Muskegon River in northwestern Michigan.

Dr. Bruskotter earned a M.S. from Utah State University in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Natural Resources Science and Management. He joined the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University as an assistant professor in 2007, where he is a member of the School's Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab - a partnership between the School and the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Generally, Dr. Bruskotter's research is concerned with bringing the tools and techniques of the social sciences to bear on pressing issues in wildlife conservation and management. Current research efforts involve understanding and predicting attitudes and behaviors related to wildlife conservation, especially tolerance for large carnivores. Follow Jeremy's blog about wildlife policy.

Franz J. Camenzind, PhD
Franz Camenzined holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, an MS in Zoology from Brigham Young University, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Wyoming. Franz’s Doctorate research involved six years of field research on the ecology and behavior of free-ranging coyotes in Jackson Hole Wyoming. His research was the first to document hierarchical and territorial behavioral patterns in relatively unmolested coyote populations. He has appeared in front of numerous federal committees testifying against the indiscriminant coyote killing programs conducted by state and federal agencies.

Dr. Camenzind is also well-respected wildlife cinematographer and has produced films for ABC, Turner Broadcasting and National Geographic and a film on coyotes for PBS-Nature. He was the first person to film giant pandas in the wilds of China. He has also produced films featuring wolves, grizzly bears, pronghorn antelope and black rhinos, and has filmed major segments on the California condor, black-footed ferret, and red wolf and Mexican gray wolf captive breeding programs.

Franz recently announced his retirement as the Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, a position he will have held for 13 years when his retirement takes effect in 2009. Previous to that he served as a board member for 13 years. He has also served on the boards of Keystone Conservation (Formerly, Predator Conservation Alliance), Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the Wyoming Conservation Voters.

Peter Coyote
Peter Coyote has performed as an actor for some of the world's most distinguished filmmakers, including: Barry Levinson, Roman Polanski, Pedro Almodovar, Steven Spielberg, Walter Hill, Martin Ritt, Steven Soderberg, Diane Kurys, Sidney Pollack and Jean Paul Rappeneau. Mr. Coyote has written a memoir of the 1960's counter-culture called Sleeping Where I Fall which received universally excellent reviews, appeared on three best-seller lists, sold five printings in hardback and was re-released with a new cover and afterword in May, 2009. A chapter from that book, Carla's Story, won the 1993/94 Pushcart Prize for Excellence in non-fiction. From 1975 to 1983 he was a member of the Literature Panel of the National Endowment of the Arts and then Chairman of the California State Arts Council. During his Chairmanship and tenure, expenditures on the arts rose from 1 to 16 million dollars annually. He is an ordained Buddhist priest who has been practicing for 34 years. Mr. Coyote has been engaged in political and social causes since his early teens and is a long time passionate advocate for wildlife and wild nature.

Robert (Bob) L. Crabtree, PhD
Bob is Chief Scientist at the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center (YERC) in Bozeman, Montana and is Research Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. He is currently a Visiting Scholar on sabbatical at the University of Victoria. He has been fascinated with the process of predation at an early age and published his first paper as an undergraduate at the University of Idaho on competitive interactions between two species of flycatchers while working in the North Cascades. He received his MS from Utah State University where he examined predation on waterfowl nests at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. He received his PhD at the University of Idaho where he focused his dissertation on coyote population demography and social structure.

His seminal work on coyotes in central Washington (1984 thru 1988) and on Yellowstone's northern range (1989 thru 2009) formed the basis for a new understanding of coyote ecology and population demography. He has defined numerous mechanisms regarding the powerful demographic and behavioral response coyotes have to human exploitation and wolf impacts. From a scientist's viewpoint he has challenged the ecological and economic validity of indiscriminate killing of coyote (and carnivore) populations. He has also conducted studies on wolves, foxes, bears, felids, mustelids and raptors and has specialized in the analysis of long-term time-series data sets on many vertebrate species populations.

He began working on research projects in Yellowstone National Park immediately after the Great Fires of 1988. His primary focus at that time was predator-prey relations, population modeling, and carnivore behavior. Soon after becoming established in Yellowstone with a variety of ecological research projects, he founded YERC based on three pillars: (1) long-term research and monitoring, (2) large spatial scale landscape ecology, and (3) building collaborative partnerships with decision-makers. Increasing the role of science at the decision-making table and seeking innovative ways to bridge the gap between scientists and practitioners has been a primary concern in his career. This has led to his interest in spatio-temporal predictive modeling of species populations and ecological forecasting of communities. The bio-political atmosphere at Yellowstone along with his 4-year appointment with the Department of Energy in Washington has certainly molded his career track. He continues to strive to 'translate' the results of ecological research into informed decision-making and on-the-ground conservation action.

Bob's continued long term research in Yellowstone led to expansion into remote sensing applications in ecology to provide scientists and decisions makers access to landscape scale evaluations, ecosystem assessments, and important variables to understand change in species populations from climate and other environmental impacts. He also began parallel studies to understand the long-term effects of the wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone and has taken full advantage of similar natural and policy experiments such as land-use activities, fire, floods, drought, beetle kill, and extreme weather events - all with a 'systems' approach. He worked with colleagues at the University of Montana to design and form a new Systems Ecology graduate program. He has recently worked on developing Adaptive Impact Models (AIM) with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, has crafted over 50 MOUs and cooperative agreements with federal and state agencies, and obtained funding on 80 grants that have led to another 100+ publications on collaborative projects in Yellowstone and other benchmark ecosystems.

Michael W. Fox, PhD
Michael W. Fox was born and educated in the UK, earning his veterinary degree on a Derbyshire County Exhibition Scholarship studying at the Royal Veterinary College, London, from where he graduated in 1962, with honors in pathology and animal husbandry. He was awarded the gold medal and Fellowship of the Veterinary Medical Association by the Royal Veterinary College for his research report on Diseases of the Sheep-dog in Relation to Management and Nutrition. His subsequent research into animal behavior and development in the U.S. resulted in a dissertation entitled Integrative Development of the Brain and Behavior in the Dog, (published in 1971 by the University of Chicago Press), that earned a PhD in Medicine, from London University in 1967. After receiving the Outstanding Teacher Faculty Award from the Alumni at Washington University, St Louis Missouri, he continued behavioral and developmental studies in dogs, cats, wolves, coyotes, foxes and other related canids, for which he earned a D.Sc. in animal behavior/ethology from London University. In 1975, he wrote the highly acclaimed book, The Wild Canids: Their Systematics, Behavioral Ecology and Evolution.

In 1976, Dr. Fox chose to focus on advocating animal protection, rights and environmental conservation, and in continuing his avocation as a teacher and public speaker. Between 1976 and 2002 he served in various positions with the Humane Society of the United States, including Scientific Director and Vice President for Bioethics and Sustainable Agriculture. During this time he was a regular guest on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, and published two best-selling books, Understanding Your Dog and Understanding Your Cat.

Dr. Fox was chairman of the National Academy of Science (NAS) Committee on Applied Animal Ethology, and served on the NAS Committee on Laboratory Animal Care and Standards for Dogs and Cats. He was also a member of the Council for Agriculture, Science and Technology Task Force on Farm Animal Welfare, and was an advisor to the National Organics Standards Board on farm animal health, welfare, and humane, sustainable agriculture.

He has authored and edited over 40 books for adults and children, and has a widely read, nationally syndicated newspaper column (Animal Doctor with United Features Syndicate, NY). His regular monthly animal column in McCall’s magazine was the longest running column on animals in a U.S. magazine. Featured in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Technology, and Who’s Who in the World, Dr. Fox is a widely recognized expert, consultant and lecturer on animal awareness, emotions, rights, and well-being; on human- non-human bonds and rights philosophy; on bioethics, biotechnology, humane, sustainable agriculture, and holistic health.

His long-held basic premise that human health and well being are inseparable from animal health and welfare and environmental protection and conservation is now gaining international recognition as a bioethical imperative and prerequisite for a viable future. His websites: www.doctormwfox.org and drfoxvet.com/info/index.aspx

Keli Hendricks Keli attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she majored in Animal Science and was involved with the horse program. After college, she went on to work for some of the top trainers of cow horses in the country before turning professional herself in the mid 1990's. Keli trained and showed cutting, reining and cow horses for over 15 years and taught clinics that drew participants from as far away as Africa and Australia.

Keli and her husband, rancher Dean Spinelli, live and work on the 500 acre Bar C R Ranch in Petaluma, California. Dean has spent the last 20 years managing the cow calf operation for the ranch, which currently runs 300 head of mother cows. Coyotes, eagles, badgers and other wildlife peacefully share the pastures with the livestock on the Bar C R.

Recently retired from horse training, Keli is excited to have the time to give back, volunteering for Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue and rehabilitating abused and neglected horses for the Sonoma Change Program, where she also sits on the board of directors.

A lifelong advocate for predators, Keli was often at odds with the lethal management practices she saw being used. She feels that it is time to replace long held fears with newer, better practices regarding our stewardship of the land and its wildlife inhabitants.

She is excited to work with Project Coyote and believes that ranchers and wildlife can learn to share the land without conflict.

Michael P. Nelson, PhD

Michael P. Nelson, is an environmental scholar, writer, teacher, speaker, consultant, and professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University. He currently holds the Ruth H. Spaniol Endowed Chair of Renewable Resources in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in the College of Forestry. At OSU he also serves as the Lead-Principle Investigator for the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research program, and as a Senior Fellow with the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.

He is a collaborator with, and the philosopher in residence for, the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project in Lake Superior (www.isleroyalewolf.org), the longest continuous study of a predator-prey system in the world. Michael is the co-founder and co-director (with John A. Vucetich) of the Conservation Ethics Group, an award-winning environmental ethics consultancy group fusing ethics with social and ecological science (www.conservationethics.org).

Michael’s research and teaching focus is environmental ethics and philosophy: from the concept of wilderness to topics in the philosophy of ecology, from hunting ethics to theories of environmental education, from topics in wildlife ecology and conservation biology to questions about science and advocacy and the philosophical work of Aldo Leopold. He works closely at the interface of ethics, social science, and ecology. He is the author of many professional and popular articles, and the author or editor of four books, in and around the area of environmental ethics, including The Great New Wilderness Debate (1998), The Wilderness Debate Rages On: Continuing the Great New Wilderness Debate (2008), and American Indian Environmental Ethics: An Ojibwa Case Study (2004), all with J. Baird Callicott, and the award-winning book Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril (2010) with Kathleen Dean Moore. Michael is called upon regularly by various government agencies and conservation organizations to address and assist with understanding the ethical implications of natural resource management decisions. Michael holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Lancaster University, England. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon with his old cat Bear, his getting old dog Oliver, and forever young wife Heather.

David R. Parsons, MS
David Parsons received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University and his Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from Oregon State University. Dave is retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where from 1990-1999 he led the USFWS’s effort to reintroduce the endangered Mexican gray wolf to portions of its former range in Arizona and New Mexico.

Dave’s interests include the ecology and conservation of large carnivores, protection and conservation of biodiversity, and wildlands conservation at scales that fully support ecological and evolutionary processes. He is the vice-chairman and a science fellow of The Rewilding Institute (a conservation think tank) and is the Institute’s Carnivore Conservation Biologist. Dave was a graduate advisor in the Environmental Studies Master of Arts Program at Prescott College, Arizona from 2002-Spring 2008. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and serves on several regional steering/advisory committees for organizations and coalitions advocating for wolf recovery and landscape-scale conservation in the Southwest.

In 2001, Dave was a co-recipient of the New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s annual “Professional Award.” In April 2007 at the North American Wolf Conference, Dave received the 2006 “Alpha Award” for his “outstanding professional achievement and leadership toward the recovery of Mexican wolves.” In May 2008 Dave received the “Outstanding Conservation Leadership Award” from the Wilburforce Foundation and the “Mike Seidman Memorial Award” from the Sky Island Alliance for his conservation achievements.

Dave is the owner of Parsons Biological Consulting, which provides technical services, information, and policy advice on matters relating to wildlife biology and ecology, and wildlife and wildlands conservation to conservation-minded clients. He enjoys wildlife viewing and wilderness backpacking and lives in Albuquerque, NM, with his wife, Noralyn.

Paul Paquet, PhD
Dr. Paul Paquet is an internationally recognized authority on mammalian carnivores, especially wolves and other wild canids, with research experience in several regions of the world.

He worked as a biologist for the Canadian Wildlife Service for many years. Now, he is Senior Ecologist with the Conservation Biology Institute and Raincoast Conservation Foundation, an international consultant and lecturer. Paul is a long-time fellow of World Wildlife Fund Canada. He was one of the architects of the World Wide Fund for Nature and European Union’s Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe. He is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, where he supervises graduate student research. He is a member of several government, industry, and NGO advisory committees concerned with the conservation of large carnivores.

Dr. Paquet has written more than 100 scientific articles and reports and published several books on the behaviour, ecology, and management of wolves. His current research focuses on conservation of large carnivores and effects of human activities on their survival.

Brad V. Purcell, PhD
Brad Purcell completed his PhD at the University of Western Sydney on the ecology of dingoes in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in 2010. His study included population genetics, interactions with competitors and prey and movement behaviour. In 2010 he also published a monograph on the dingo for the Australian CSIRO publishing unit. In 2011 Brad studied proactive and sustainable carnivore management around the globe whilst traveling on a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travel fellowship. He visited Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, WildCRU, the Wolf Centre, the Polish Academy of Sciences Mammal Research Institute and carnivore experts in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Dingoes are regularly culled due to perceived threats to livestock industries, through predation and disease, similar to conflicts between coyotes and livestock in the U.S., and Brad is working on mitigating those conflicts for holistic management of Australian ecosystems.

Dr. Purcell currently holds an adjunct fellowship with the University of Western Sydney whilst teaching undergraduate students. He is an advisory member of the National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program and works with the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute on research projects. Brad also represents his local community on sustainability and water quality monitoring advisory committees for his local government.

Hope Ryden
Author-Naturalist Hope Ryden has spent years in the field, studying and photographing North American wildlife. For two uncomfortable years Hope camped in remote areas of Wyoming and Montana, observing and photographing the elusive coyote in an effort to discover the truth behind the ignorance and misinformation that has plagued this much-maligned animal for over two hundred years. Out of this research she wrote God’s Dog: A Celebration of the North American Coyote, which is considered the classic treatise on the subject. It has prompted comparisons to Jane Goodall's work in Africa. Her behavioral findings have been published in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Audubon magazine, and her books have been translated into German, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Russian. To date she has twenty-three books to her credit, all of which are illustrated with her own photography.

Hope is the recipient of many distinguished awards for her writings and work on behalf of coyotes and other wildlife including the Art and Literary Award 2002 from New York State Outdoor Education Association; the Outstanding Achievement Award from Augustana College; the Humane Excellence Award ASPCA; the Joseph Wood Krutch Award from the Humane Society of the United States; the Animal Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Animal Protection Institute of America ; the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Horse Protection Society; the Who's Who of American Women and the Who's Who in the East.

Michael Soulé, PhD
Michael Soulé is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. He was born, raised, and educated in California. After spending much of his youth in the canyons, deserts, and intertidal of San Diego and Baja California, and after graduating from San Diego State, he went to Stanford to study population biology and evolution under Paul Ehrlich. Upon receiving his Ph.D. at Stanford, Michael went to Africa to help found the first university in Malawi. He has also taught in Samoa, the Universities of California at both San Diego and Santa Cruz, and the University of Michigan. He was Chair of the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC. He has done field work on insects, lizards, birds, and mammals in Africa, Mexico, the Adriatic, the West Indies, and in California and Colorado.

Michael was a founder and first President of the Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlands Project (also the current President). He has written and edited 9 books on biology, conservation biology, and the social and policy context of conservation. He has published more than 170 articles on population and evolutionary biology, fluctuating asymmetry, population genetics, island biogeography, environmental studies, biodiversity policy, nature conservation, and ethics. He continues to do research on ecosystem regulation by highly interactive species. He is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, is the sixth recipient of the Archie Carr Medal, was named by Audubon Magazine in 1998 as one of the 100 Champions of Conservation of the 20th Century, is a recipient of the National Wildlife Federation’s National Conservation Achievement Award for science, the recipient of the Conservation Medal for 2007 from the Zoological Society of San Diego and in the first class of recipients of The Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award.

Now living in Colorado, Michael speaks and writes on ethics and conservation, and serves on the boards of several conservation organizations, including the Wildlands Network, and consults internationally on nature protection. He is completing a book about the origins and evolution of sin and how it can inform our understanding of human nature can guide conservation and related life-affirming movements. To read more about Michael’s work and publications, visit: www.michaelsoule.com.

Adrian Treves, PhD
Adrian Treves earned his B.A. in 1990 in Biology and Anthropology from Rice University and his PhD in 1997 in Behavioral Ecology and Biological Anthropology from Harvard University. After six years working for international wildlife conservation organizations, he returned to applied research.

In 2007, he founded the Carnivore Coexistence Lab at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Adrian’s research focuses on how to balance human needs with wildlife conservation. To study this question, he explores people's conflicts with large carnivores, particularly livestock predation in the USA and abroad. This line of inquiry includes livestock husbandry, wildlife management, human and carnivore behavior, and methods for mitigating human-carnivore conflicts. In the field, he measures the behavior of problem carnivores using spatial predictive models and people's responses to and perceptions of conflicts. Adrian and his students conduct fieldwork in Wisconsin (wolves), Ecuador (Andean spectacled bears), and East Africa (lions and hyenas) with a variety of collaborators. For links to his recent research articles on carnivores, compensation, hunting, mitigating human-wildlife conflicts, and co-management, see www.nelson.wisc.edu/people/treves/Publications.htm

John Vucetich, PhD
John Vucetich is an associate professor of animal ecology at Michigan Technological University, where he teaches courses in Population Ecology and Environmental Ethics. He is co-director of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project, the longest continuous study of any predator-prey system in the world. He is also co-director of the Conservation Ethics Group. He has authored more than 75 scholarly publications on a range of topics, including wolf-prey ecology, extinction risk, population genetics, and environmental philosophy. His also writes for general audiences in venues that include the New York Times and The Ecologist. John’s contributions to the wolf-moose project have been officially recognized by the United States Senate. Many of his other contributions – on topics including the interpreting of the Endangered Species Act, his opposition to the misuse of science in efforts to justify wolf hunting, advocacy by scientists, and the impact of global change on attitudes about conservation, the neglect of ethics in discourse on sustainability, and the conflict between conservation and animal welfare – have captured the attention of peers, the general public, and governments around the world. John was fictionalized as the main character in Nevada Barr’s Winter Study, a novel based on his winter field research, that appeared in the top-ten of the New York Best-Sellers list for hard-cover fiction. When not working he is either sailing or thinking about sailing.

Becky Weed
Becky Weed ranches in Southwestern Montana with her husband Dave Tyler. They operate Thirteen Mile Lamb & Wool Company, a certified organic, predator friendly sheep ranch, as well as a small wool mill. Thirteen Mile joined the board of Predator Friendly shortly after its inception in the mid-90s, and has been marketing products made from Predator Friendly wool ever since.

Weed is nationally recognized for her efforts in Predator Friendly ranching and was featured in Time Magazine in their series on "Heroes for the Planet" in 2000. As an outspoken proponent for human-predator coexistence, Weed advocates for dialogue with both consumers and producers through the Predator Friendly program.

Weed is trained as a geologist, and worked in that field for many years before becoming involved in agriculture. She has been involved with carnivore conservation issues for several years, and currently serves on the Board of the Wild Farm Alliance and the Conservation & Science Board of Lava Lake Land & Livestock, a very large Idaho ranch with a dual mission for conservation and economically viable ranching. She is a member of the Montana Board of Livestock.

Jennifer Wolch, PhD
Jennifer Wolch, PhD is Dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley and the William W. Wurster Chair of City and Regional Planning. She was the founding director of the University of Southern California’s Center for Sustainable Cities, where she also served as Professor of Geography.

Her research focuses on metropolitan sprawl, physical activity and urban design, urban environmental justice and political ecology, and society-animals relations. She has also investigated problems of urban poverty, homelessness, and human service delivery, and the evolution of state-civil society relations. With Jody Emel, she edited Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature/Culture Borderlands (Verso, 1998), and has published articles and book chapters on population diversity and attitudes toward animals, racialization and animal practices, and the place of animals in the city.

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