Chris Servheen

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Chris Servheen

Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Wildlife Conservation

Office Hours:

By appointment.

Personal Summary

I retired from being the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in April of 2016 after 35 years.  I have been at the University of Montana since 1982. As the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator, I was 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 rules recovering and delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly population in 2007 and in 2016.  My interests involve bear conservation and management and the relationships between human activities and bear distribution and survival. 

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. 

I am the Chair of the Conservation Committee for the Montana Council of the Boy Scouts promoting natural resource stewardship and conservation in Montana.  I work to enhance conservation education, training, and on-the-ground conservation actions of the 8,100 Scouts and 3,600 registered adult Scout leaders in Montana.

Education

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

Teaching Experience

Taught WIOBIO 460 - International Wildlife Conservation Issues for 18 years. 

Research Interests

Grizzly bear ecology, recovery, and conservation.
Conservation of brown bears worldwide.
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.

Specialized Skills

Applied conservation and management of bears. 

Professional Experience

Co-chair, IUCN/SSC Bear Specialst Group for 12 years. 

Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1981-2016.

Member, Polar Bear Recovery Team, 2014-present.

 

International Experience

Worked on bear conservation in France, Austria, Spain, Greece, Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

Fulbright Scholar in Greece in 1994 working on brown bear conservation. 

 

Honors / Awards

Awarded the Ernest Thompson Seaton Award in 2008 by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for grizzly bear conservation leadership.

Awarded the Significant Accomplishment Award in 2008 by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.

Awarded the Arnold Bolle Conservation Professional Award in 2008 by the American Public Land Exchange Group.

Awarded the George B. Rabb Award in 2008 from the Chicago Zoological Society for outstanding contributions to the field of wildlife conservation.

Awarded Department of Interior Meritorious Service Award in 2007 for efforts on grizzly bear recovery.

Awarded the Presidents Award from the International Association for Bear Research and Management in 2001 for significant contributions to global bear conservation.

Awarded Conservation Award of Excellence  from Defenders of Wildlife 1997.

Nominated in 1992 and 1995 for Pew Scholarship in conservation and the environment.

Awarded the first Chuck Yeager Award for achievement in global bear conservation from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in 1989. 

Hobbies

Building fine furniture in my wood shop, fly fishing, and backpacking with my family.

Graduate Students

Past: 

Moll, Joseph. 1994. Nature as resource in Japan: the evolution of brown bear management in Hokkaido, Japan.  M.S. Thesis. Resource Conservation, School of Forestry, University of Montana.

Mietz, Steve. 1994. Linkage zone identification and evaluation of management options for grizzly bears in the Evaro Hill area, Montana. M.S. Thesis. Environmental Studies, University of Montana.

Kehoe, Nancy. 1995. Grizzly bear distribution in the North Fork of the Flathead River Valley: a test of the linkage zone prediction model. M.S. Thesis. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.

Reiner, David. 1996. Estimating the nutritional quality of bear habitat in southeastern British Columbia, by measuring bear body condition.  M.S. Thesis. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.

Sandstrom, Per. 1996. Identification of potential linkage zones for grizzly bears in the Swan-Clearwater Valleys using GIS. M.S. Thesis. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.

Roy, Mina Miyai. 1997. Evolving human attitudes and management policy in Japanese wildlife management: a case study of the Asiatic black bear.  M.S. Thesis. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.

Giannatos, George.  1997.  Man-related limiting factors preventing brown bear recovery in the Rhodopi Mountains of Greece. M.S. Thesis. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.

Gold, Andrea.  1997.  Habitat use of the black bear in the eastern Cascade Mountains of Washington. M.S. Thesis. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.

Chen, Tsui-Lan.  1998.  Integration of wildlife conservation with local development through a community: a case study in Yushan National Park, Taiwan.   Ph.D. Dissertation. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.

Von Der Ohe, Christina.  2000.  Noninvasive fecal monitoring of glucocorticoids to determine stress in Alaska brown bears. M.S. Thesis. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.

Wong, Siew Te.  2002.  Sun bear ecology in logged and unlogged forest in Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. M.S. Thesis. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.

Graves, Tabitha. 2002.  Impacts of motorized recreational use on grizzly bear distribution in the Badger-Two Medicine area of Montana. M.S. Thesis. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.

           Waller, John. 2005. Grizzly bear movement and habitat use in a transportation corridor. Ph.D. Dissertation, Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.     

McCoy, Karin. 2005.  Effects of transportation and development on black bear movement, mortality, and use of the highway 93 corridor in NW Montana.  M.S. Thesis. Wildlife Biology,                University of Montana.

Stetz, Jeffery. 2008. Using non-invasive genetic sampling to assess and monitor grizzly population status in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.  M.S. Thesis. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.

Teevin, Colleen. 2008. Grizzly Bear Reintroduction: Understanding Stakeholder Interests in the Selway-Bitterroot Ecosystem South of the Salmon River. Professional Paper. Resource Conservation, University of Montana.

Miersma, Erika. 2010. Movements, Activity Range, Habitat Use and Conservation of the Jamaican (Yellow) Boa, Epicrates Subflavus. M.S. Thesis. International Conservation and Development, University of Montana.

Ward, Alicia. 2012. Composition, Distribution, and Conservation of the Herpetofauna of Santa Barbara Mountain, Honduras.  M.S. Thesis. International Conservation and Development, University of Montana.

Ruby, Mark. 2014. Evaluation Of Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos) Movement And Habitat Use In Relationship To Human Development In The Swan-Clearwater Valleys, Montana.  M.S. Thesis. Resource Conservation, University of Montana.

Leary, Alyssa. 2014.  Ecological Implications of International Patent Regimes: A Comparative Analysis of Laws and Cases from the United States, India, and Brazil. M.S. Thesis. International Conservation and Development, University of Montana.

Current: Conor Phelan, ICD.