Our Directors

Executive Director

Jeffrey P. Copelandjeff_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 television series.


John KrebsJohn A. Krebs
B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada

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.

Jack WhitmanJackson S. Whitman
AK Dept. of Fish and Game (Retired)
Salmon, Idaho, USA

Jack Whitman has been engaged in field research on a variety of carnivores since 1971, both in North America and Far Eastern Russia.  He recently retired from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after 27 years of research and management efforts.  He has published a variety of scientific and popular manuscripts on wolverines and other carnivore species, and is currently continuing his research efforts in Idaho.

Wayne MelquistDr. Wayne Melquist
Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Retired
St. Maries, Idaho, USA

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-wolv-valp-2Dr. Arild Landa
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
Trondheim, Norway

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.

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