May 8: Rempel Lecture - A 50-year Career in Wolf Research

Where: Maxey Auditorium

When: Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 PM


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L. David Mech (“Dave”) is a Senior Research Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota.  Dave holds a B.S. degree from Cornell University, a Ph.D. degree and an honorary doctorate degree from Purdue University.  He has published some 440 articles and 10 books. 

Dave has studied wolves full time since 1958 with studies in Minnesota, Isle Royale, Alaska, and Yellowstone, and he lived part of each summer from 1986 through 2010 with a pack of wolves tolerant to humans on Ellesmere Island, Canada, 600 miles from the N. Pole.  He has chaired the IUCN Wolf Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union since 1978 and is founder and vice chair of the International Wolf Center (

Dave has consulted on many international projects including work on wolves in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Croatia; leopards and lions in Kenya and Tanzania; and tigers, elephants, lions and other species in India. His awards include the Wildlife Society’s Aldo Leopold Award for Distinguished Service to Wildlife Conservation.