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The College’s Wildlife Science Program has been around for 40 years and alumni of the program have gone on to lead in wildlife science and conservation around the globe.

Steven Amstrup, '72, is a research wildlife biologist with the USGS Alaska Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska, and the team leader for the U.S. effort to study the polar bears of the Southern Beaufort Sea. Read a Smithsonian interview about his research.

Chris Servheen, '74, has been the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grizzly bear recovery coordinator since 1981 and is responsible for coordinating all of the research and management on grizzly bears in the lower 48 states and working with biologists in Alberta and British Columbia. He was the 2008 recipient of the Chicago Zoological Society’s George B. Rabb Conservation Award. He is featured in a New York Times article, "Biologists seek answers to grizzly bear migration roadblocks."

Holly Dublin, '80, is chair of the Species Survival Commission of the World Conservation Union, as well as its African Elephant Specialists Group. She spent more than 20 years working as a World Wildlife Fund scientist before joining the World Conservation Union. Watch a YouTube video interview with her discussing the effects of the current global economic crisis on conservation efforts.

Eric Dinerstein, '79, ‘83, is chief scientist and vice president for science, World Wildlife Fund. His areas of expertise include tropical mammals, large mammal biology, biogeography, bats, rhinos, seed dispersal and community ecology. From tracking tigers and rhinos in Nepal, to catching and studying bats in Central America, he has traveled to the world's most remote corners to save wild animals and their habitats. His book, Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations, takes readers on his journey to conservation's frontiers, from early research in Nepal to recent expeditions in Kashmir and the Orinoco River.

Jewel Bennett, '94, is an endangered species wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Fairbanks, Alaska. She recently led a survey team tracking the endangered bird populations of Steller's and Spectacled Eiders. See a San Francisco Exploratorium Webcast on her project.

John Klavitter, '00, is a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge where he is working to save endangered wildlife species. Watch an NPR video interview with Klavitter about the effects of plastic debris in the world’s oceans on marine wildlife species.

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