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