• CONFERENCE SPEAKERS*

    Rick Baydack, CWB

    Professor, University of Manitoba
    Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
    Department of Environment and Geography, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    Canadian Section Representative to The Wildlife Society Council

    Professor and Graduate Chair, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources (1979-present)

    Principal Professional Interests
    Practical management applications for wildlife and their habitats, using an ecosystem approach and adaptive strategies


    L. Dave Mech*

    L. David Mech (pronounced “Meech”) is a Senior Research Scientist with the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. He has studied wolves and their prey since 1958, as well as several other species of wildlife.

    Mech has used radio-tracking for most of his career on wolves, deer, leopards, caribou, elk, lions, elephants, raccoons, lynxes, elk, hares, etc. As a wildlife research biologist, Dave Mech has studied large carnivores, especially wolves, and their prey. His strong vocational interest in wildlife research and conservation is matched by several avocational interests including wildlife photography, preservation of wild lands, human ecology, evolutionary biology, and social justice. Mech is also founder and vice chair of the International Wolf Center, and chair of the IUCN Wolf Specialist Group.


    Marco Musiani

    Marco Musiani is an Associate Professor, Tenured with the Faculties of Environmental Design and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. Dr Musiani is currently analyzing ecological data on large carnivores (example, wolves) and their prey, which was gathered throughout Northern and Western Canada. He has published two books on wolves in 2009 and 2010 and papers on various ecology journals, which also include articles on wolf ecology, evolution and management. Many projects that he conducts are centred on wolves that serve as “entry points” into broader environmental issues. Dr Musiani holds or held numerous awards and scholarships, among which the prestigious: National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Doctoral, Postdoctoral Fellowships and Discovery Grant, the Government of Canada Award, as well as National Science Foundation Grants (U.S.).


    Nikita G. Ovsyanikov

    Deputy Director for science and senior research scientist, Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve, Ministry of Nature Resources, Russian Federation.
    Senior Research Scientist, Severtzov’s Institute of Problems of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences.

    Dr. Nikita Ovsyanikov has studied the population, condition, and behavior of polar bears on Russia’s Wrangel Island for more than 15 years. 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. In addition to scientific papers, he is the author of “Polar Bears: Living with the White Bears.”

    Nikita Ovsyanikov has lived with polar bears on Wrangel and Herald Islands in the Arctic Circle for parts of each year since 1990. He never carries a rifle, but instead chooses to walk among bears, interacting with them as one animal to another. He holds a Ph.D.in Zoology from the Institute of Animal Evolutionary Morphology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His first expedition to Wrangel Island was in 1977, when he launched a 10 year study on Arctic foxes. He published a book on polar bears called Living with the White Bear in 1996, illustrated with his own pictures. Nikita enjoys traveling, canoeing, and downhill skiing.

    Principal investigator in research project on social behavior of wolves in captivity (in large enclosure in NP Bavarian National Forest, Germany) at the Severtzov’s Institute of Animal Evolutionary Morphology and Ecology, Academy of Sciences of the USSR 1987-1988.

    Principal investigator in research project on wolf re-colonization of Wrangel Island, at Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve, 2000 to present.


    Paul Paquet

    Paul Paquet, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Professor of Biology and Associate Professor of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. He is also an Adjunct Professor at University of Saskatchewan College of Veterinary Medicine, Brandon University, University of Manitoba; and Faculty Associate at Guelph University and University of New Brunswick. Dr. Paquet, who has studied wolves and coyotes for more than 35 years, obtained his PhD degree from the University of Alberta, Canada. He is an internationally recognized authority on mammalian carnivores, especially wolves, with research experience in several regions of the world.

    He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed reports and articles. Dr Paquet was co-editor of the book Wolves of the World: Perspectives of Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation.

    Dr Paquet has worked extensively on real-world management, which according to him depends largely upon human attitudes. Dr Paquet serves on various international government and NGO advisory committees dedicated to conservation of carnivores, including the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of IUCN-World Conservation Union (Gland, Switzerland), the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe, WWF International, and the European Union. He is a long-time fellow of World Wildlife Fund Canada, and Senior Science Advisor with the Raincoast Conservation Society. He was founder and director of the Central Rockies Wolf Project, Canmore, Alberta, Canada, and the Conservation Biology Institute, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. 

    *Tentative

  • Invited Presenters and Keynote Speakers

    DAVE MECH • UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
    MARCO MUSIANI • UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
    NIKITA OVSYANIKOV • RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    RICK BAYDACK • UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA
    PAUL C. PAQUET • UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
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