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Dr. Mark Elbroch serves as the Staff Scientist Panthera's Teton Cougar Project, based in Kelly, Wyoming. Dr. Elbroch designed the current research puma program, manages and leads project operations, and directs the analysis of project data gathered in the field. In addition to his position with the Panthera Puma Project, Dr. Elbroch serves as the Principal Investigator for the Garfield-Mesa Lion Project in Colorado and a collaborator on the Mendocino Black-Tailed Deer-Puma Project in northern California, both done with fieldwork and in the analysis stage.
Dr. Elbroch earned his doctoral degree at the University of California - Davis, where his dissertation research focused on puma ecology in Chilean Patagonia. Dr. Elbroch has 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, he 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 already been used to test observer reliability in wildlife research and as an educational tool by nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Elbroch 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.