Chris Servheen

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Chris Servheen

Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Wildlife Conservation; Grizzly Bear Recovery Coodinator


Personal Summary

I have been the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for 34 years, and have been based at the University of Montana since 1982. As recovery coordinator, I am responsible for coordinating all the research and management on grizzly bears in the lower 48 states and working closely with grizzly biologists in Alberta and British Columbia. I was the EIS Team Leader for the Bitterroot Grizzly Bear Reintroduction EIS and was responsible for the final rule recovering and delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly population in 2007.  My interests involve bear conservation and management and the relationships between human activities and bear distribution and survival. Much of my current work involves the impacts of highways and human developments on habitat fragmentation of bear populations in the Rocky Mountains. I lead projects involving the application of Global Positioning System (GPS) collars on grizzly bears and black bears to learn more about their detailed movements in relationship to human activity. I also work with state and federal highway departments in developing ways to get animals across highways.

I also work on international conservation issues. I have worked in many countries in Asia and in Europe on bears and bear conservation including Japan, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Laos, Greece, Austria, France, and Spain, and I was a Fulbright Scholar in Greece in 1994. I was the co-chair of the IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group for 12 years. I am particularly interested in the trade of bear parts for use in traditional medicine in Asia and the impact of this trade on Asian bear conservation. Through my international work I maintain close cooperative relationships with IUCN, WWF, and other international conservation organizations.  


University of Montana, 1968-73; B.A./B.S., Zoology/Wildlife Biology
University of Washington, 1973-75; M.S., Wildlife Biology
University of Montana, 1978--81; Ph.D., Forestry/Wildlife Biology

Research Interests

Grizzly bear ecology, recovery, and conservation
Conservation of brown bears worldwide
Conservation and ecology of sun bears in Asia
Issues relating to trade in bears and bear parts for use in traditional medicine in Asia
Interested monitoring impacts of highways on wildlife and developing ways to get animals across highways