Rebecca Watters is the founder and director of the Mongolian Wolverine Project, the first attempt to assess the wolverine population in Mongolia. She has worked on wildlife conservation in Mongolia, Cambodia, and the western United States.
Jeffrey P. Copeland
Idaho Department of Fish and Game (Retired)
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station (Retired)
Tetonia, Idaho, USA
Jeff Copeland has been involved in wolverine research for over 20 years as a research biologist for Idaho Fish and Game and the Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana prior to retirement in 2010. He has led efforts to develop wolverine detection methodology, and wolverine ecology studies in central Idaho, western Wyoming, Glacier National Park, and Yellowstone National Park. Jeff’s work is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and popular articles, and has been featured in the Discovery, Animal Planet, and PBS Nature
John has been involved in wolverine research since 1994. Working closely with other researchers in Canada and the US, John has authored and co-authored several publications focusing on mortality rates and causes, habitat use, density and distribution, food habits and field capture techniques. Recently, John has been providing advice and support to slightly less exciting but informative DNA-based inventory projects in SE British Columbia. John is currently working in a senior fish and wildlife management position within the provincial government.
Wayne retired from full-time work in 2007 as a Research Associate Professor at the University of Idaho in Moscow, a position he held since retiring in January 2003 from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game where he served as State Nongame Wildlife Manager. Wayne’s experience extends across multiple species including wolverines, fishers, river otters, wolves, ospreys, moose, elk, deer, reptiles, and amphibians, and has carried him from South and Central America where he worked on spotted cats and river otter to grizzly bear surveys in Idaho.
Arild Landa has been engaged in field research on large carnivores since 1982. Since 1990 he has carried out a number of large projects on wolverines and Arctic fox in Norway, – and muskoxen and caribou in Greenland. Landa is educated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and received his PhD on wolverines in 1997. Landa has experience as head of research at Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). Today he is a senior scientist at NINA. Dr. Landa has a comprehensive scientific and popular science background as well as being an author of general literature.
Michael Carson (Sector Engagement)
Michael became interested in wolverines while growing up in Michigan, after visiting the largest wolverine exhibit in North America. The wolverine’s size, tenacity and resiliency created an immediately bond and affection.
Michael’s focus includes developing strategies for growing the sponsorship base through direct marketing, online initiatives and corporate partnerships. Prior experience includes unified collaboration & virtual reality at HP Advanced Solutions and Lucent Technologies.