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Wolf & polar bear biologist, RUSSIA
For many years he worked as the Deputy Director for science and senior research, Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve, Ministry of Nature Resources, Russian Federation and Senior Research Scientist, Severtzov’s Institute of Problems of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences.
Nikita Ovsyanikov has lived with and studied polar bears on Russia’s Wrangel and Herald Islands in the Arctic Circle since 1990. The remote island is one of the largest polar bear denning sites in the world and has seen significant changes in the sea ice in recent years. He never carries a rifle, but instead chooses to walk among bears, interacting with them as one animal to another. He has become an expert on polar bear safety and non-lethal polar bear encounters.
In addition to scientific papers, he is the author of “Polar Bears: Living with the White Bears.” 1996, illustrated with his own pictures. Nikita enjoys traveling, canoeing, and downhill skiing.
Nikita was the principal investigator in a research project on social behavior of wolves in captivity in large enclosure in Bavarian National Forest, Germany. And he was the principal investigator in research project on wolf re-colonization of Wrangel Island from 2000 to 2015.
Author of WOLVES IN CANADA
University of Minnesota
Dave has studied wolves in Minnesota, Isle Royale, Alaska, Yellowstone, and Ellesmere Island, Canada. He chaired the IUCN Wolf Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union from 1978 to 2013 and is founder and vice chair of the International Wolf Center (wolf.org).
Director of Science,
Alpha Wildlife Research & Management Ltd.
Gilbert received several awards, namely the 1989 Nelson-Hooper Award of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society for best technical presentation, the 2003 Prix Reconnaissance from the University of Quebec at Montreal for his outstanding wildlife career, and the 2012 Choice Magazine Award for Outstanding Academic Titles for his Cornell University Press book entitled Biology and conservation of martens, sables, and fishers: a new synthesis, which he co-edited with four other colleagues.
Gilbert has 41 years of experience as a field wildlife biologist. He has published 145 refereed papers in scientific journals and books, and 14 textbooks and field guides. His main research interests focus on mammals, particularly in forest and agriculture ecosystems, and on technology development, mainly on mammal trapping and detection methods. In recent years, Gilbert investigated the habitat ecology of boreal caribou in Saskatchewan and Alberta, the food habits of wolves and coyotes in Alberta Counties with and without bounties, the ecology of American badgers in the Prairies, and the ability of killing neck snares to humanely capture wild canids.”