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DAA: L. David Mech

L. David Mech

St. Paul, MN | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1995

Dr. Mech is a wildlife research biologist with the Division of Endangered Species Research Division of the Patuxent Environmental Science Center with the National Biological Survey at the North Central Forest Experiment Station. He has been associated with the Center since 1969. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Ecology and Behavioral Biology and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mech has focused his primary research on the study of the wolf population: their ecology and behavior, predator-prey relations, population regulation, and their social ecology. Dr. Mech holds the patent for a drug-injection animal capture collar. He is the author of five books on the subject and over 250 scientific, semitechnical, and popular articles on wolves, deer, raccoons, ecology, predation, radio-tracking, and conservation. He has also been involved as a consultant and in the production of several films and television documentaries with groups such as National Geographic. He is a frequent guest speaker at colleges, universities, museums, and other institutions. Dr. Mech is a member of the American Society of Mammalogists, the Wildlife Society, the Ecological Society of America, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta. He has chaired a Wolf Specialist Group with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, and the Species Survival Commission since 1978. He is a former member of the boards of the Minnesota Zoological Society and the Springbrook Nature Center. Dr. Mech is also the founder of the International Wolf Center. He served on its board of directors from 1985 to 1993 and has been chair from 1993 to the present. Dr. Mech has many awards to his credit, including the Aldo Leopold Award for Distinguished Service to Wildlife Conservation from The Wildlife Society and the Gulf Oil Professional Conservationist Award.