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Dr. Mark Elbroch serves as the Lead Scientist for Panthera's Puma Program, based in Kelly, Wyoming. Dr. Elbroch designs current puma research, manages and leads project operations, and directs the analysis of project data gathered in the field. Dr. Elbroch earned his doctoral degree at the University of California - Davis, where his dissertation research focused on puma ecology in Chilean Patagonia. He has contributed to puma research and conservation in Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, California, Mexico and Chile, as well as worked as a wildlife consultant across North America, specializing in field inventories, the identification of wildlife corridors, and in supporting capture efforts of diverse species. In 2005, Dr. Elbroch was awarded a Senior Tracker Certificate in Kruger National Park, South Africa by CyberTracker Conservation, after successfully following lions across varied terrain. He is the Initial Evaluator for Cyber Tracker Evaluations in North America, where they have been used to test observer reliability in wildlife research and as an educational tool by nonprofit organizations. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary Master Tracker Certificate for contributions to the field.
Dr. Elbroch is a regular contributor to National Geographic’s CatWatch Blog and has authored and coauthored 10 books on natural history, including two award-winning books on wildlife tracking, Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species, endorsed by The American Society of Mammalogists, and the new Peterson Reference Guide to the Behavior of North American Mammals. Dr. Elbroch is also a 2011 Switzer Fellow.