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Last updated: 9/13/18


Plenary Sessions

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

  • Welcome reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

  • Plenary Session:  Wolves of the World Panel
    Presenters:  Sabina Nowak, Yadvendradev Jhala, Brent Patterson, Shannon Barber-Meyer and Dean Cluff
    Description:  Speakers from regions around the world including:  Asia, Europe, Canada, the Canadian Arctic and the United States/Mexico will cover topics that include:  progress of recovery in the region, what politics are in place to ensure a viable population, issues that may be cropping up in the region and problems that may need to be addressed.

  • Plenary Session:  Ellesmere Island
    Confirmed speakers: Dave Mech, Morgan Anderson, Dan MacNulty and Kira Cassidy 
    Description: A series of individual speakers discussing various perspectives of the wolves inhabiting Ellesmere Island and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago including:

    • An historical summary of Dr. Mech’s two decade study, focusing on den observations and related aspects of pack life.  
    • A perspective on what has been learned on pack lives through the application of GPS: seasonal home range, movements and kill rates. 
    • A perspective on Ellesmere as a study area for wolves and prey.  
    • Experiences of how it was to live day-to-day with this pack while assisting cinematography crews, etc.

  • Debate:  Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan
    Presenters:  Mike Phillips and Jim Heffelfinger
    Description: Jim Heffelfinger will discuss the scientific foundation of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan versus Mike Phillips, who will challenge the existing plan.

  • Special Presentation:  20-Year History of Wolves in Yellowstone
    Presenters:  Doug Smith and Bob Landis
    Description: Doug Smith, project leader for the Wolf Restoration Project in Yellowstone and Emmy Award-Winning Cinematographer Bob Landis will present the 20+ Year History of Wolves in Yellowstone.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018

  • Plenary Session:  Isle Royale Panel Discussion
    Confirmed speakers: Mark Romanski, John Vucetich and Joseph Bump
    Description: A panel of three individuals will present:

    • A summary of the ups and downs, and changing conditions affecting wolves and trophic systems over the 56+ years of research on Isle Royale.
    • How reintroduction of wolves would help a future Isle Royale ecosystem, given uncertainties of future contributions of ice bridges, weather, random population events, impacts of herbivory, etc. that may influence this island system.
    • The agency perspective on the National Park Service considerations for returning wolves to Isle Royale.
    • The focus of research that could aid in providing fresh insights from the Isle Royale wolf reintroduction  
  • Plenary Session:  Michipicoten Island
    Confirmed speakers: Brent Patterson
    Description: This presentation will be an overview of geography, species history, human disturbances, and recent studies of caribou – wolves – beaver on Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior. 

  • Plenary Session:  Wolf Depredation Control on Livestock Panel Discussion
    Confirmed speakers: Amaroq Weiss, Carter Niemeyer, John Steuber,  Cameron Krebs and Dave Ruid
    Description:Panelists will give their perspectives regarding wolf depredation control on livestock, including: (1) background into the problems associated with wolves and livestock from the perspective of producers and preservationists, (2) the regulatory processes guiding depredation management activities, and (3) an exploration of areas that provide desirable outcomes for both producers and wolf conservationists. Upon completion of panelists’ statements the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of either a specific panelist or the entire panel. 

  • Banquet program:  The Last Great Wolf Restoration – Colorado 
    Confirmed speakers: Mike Phillips
    Description: A presentation on the concept of reintroducing wolves to Colorado, focusing attention on attributes and challenges. Attributes may include topics such as amount of public lands; varied eco-regions (high desert, mountains, etc.); prey base. Challenges to include: how would livestock interests, public grazing allotments, varied responses by differing Colorado interest groups and political postures, USFWS stance, and legislatively sanctioned nation-wide delisting of wolves factor in on such undertakings?

    The Who Speaks For Wolf Award will also be presented during this banquet.


Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018

  • Plenary Session: Red Wolves, Eastern Wolves and other Canis Mixes in Eastern North America: taxonomic validity and challenges to recovery
    Confirmed speakers: Regina Mossotti, Roland Kays, Lisette Waits, Kim Wheeler and Pete Benjamin
    Description: A panel of five individuals will discuss the topics surrounding the eastern canids, including:

    • Implications for USFWS if science reorganizes North American canid species and declares the red wolf synonymous with eastern wolves, or declares it a variant of gray wolves.
    • A summary of current knowledge in the varied genome within North American large wolf-like populations.
    • An interpretation of the genetic variables of eastern canids, supplying what is known of both historic and present-day distributions, ancestry, and pathways of divergence.
    • Potential impacts on continued red wolf captive breeding program if science reorganizes North American canid species and declares the red wolf synonymous with eastern wolves, or declares it a variant of gray wolves.
    • An outreach and education perspective. What are take-away points and what messages do we want to promote.
  • Keynote Address: Dr. L. David Mech
    Description:Dr. L. David Mech, who has studied wolves for 60 years, will deliver the keynote address on Sunday to close out the symposium. The symposium is expected to conclude at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. 

Individual sessions

More than 75 individual sessions are planned during the Symposium. Here’s information on a select few:

  • Grey wolves in Mongolia: changing attitudes and current research
    Uuganbayar Ganbold, biologist and anti-poaching protection manager, Hustai Nuruu National Park, Mongolia

  • Grey wolves in Estonia: an overview of population genetics and hybridization with domestic dogs
    Liivi Plumer, Department of Zoology, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu, Harjumaa, Estonia

  • Quantifying the diet of the Alexander Archipelago wolf in southeast Alaska using molecular methods
     Aimee Massey, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; Alaska Department of Fish and Game

  • Through the eyes of a wolf: quantifying and classifying the complexities of facial signaling in wolves
    Elana Hobkirk, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom

  • Risk effects of wolves on free-ranging livestock: Can prey-gut microbiome predict stress response in predator–prey interactions?
    Azzurra Valerio, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

  • Adaptive use of nonlethal strategies for minimizing wolf–livestock conflict
    Suzanne Stone, Northwest Senior Field Representative, Defenders of Wildlife, Boise, Idaho

  • Challenges in wolf management in Croatia
    Josip Kusak, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

  • The future of wolf poisoning programs in Canada
    Hannah Barron, Wolf Awareness, Inc., Golder, British Columbia, Canada

  • Functional response of wolves to human development across boreal Canada
    Marco Musiani, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Wolf tracks at the doorstep: A 1-year cycle of wolf behavior close to houses in Scandinavia
    Barbara Zimmermann, Scandinavian Wolf Research Project, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Koppang, Norway

  • An 18-year spatial and temporal analysis of colonizing grey wolves (Canis lupus) in disjunct population
    Theresa Simpson, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin

  • Shooting wolves: photographs and the reconfiguration of the wolf in nonfiction for children
    Debra Mitts-Smith, School of Information Sciences faculty member at the University of Illinois

  • Wolves at Our Door: results of 4-year Minnesota education program initiative
    Misi Stine, Project Coordinator, Wolves at our Door, International Wolf Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Are livestock-guarding dogs a viable tool for preventing damages in open-range livestock? A case study from Portugal
    Francisco Petrucci-Fonseco, Groupo Lobo, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Patterns of niche partitioning and overlap between sympatric wolves and snow leopards in the mountains of central Asia
    Shannon Kachel, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

  • Ecology of the Indian grey wolf (Canis lupus pallipes) in the Suleman Range, South Waziristan, Pakistan
    Dr. Tariq Mahmood, Department of Wildlife Management, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

  • Competition on two legs and four: Impacts of wolf-cougar co-occurrence on resource selection and survival across an anthropogenic gradient
    Lauren Satterfield, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

  • Dietary niche overlap between wolves, coyotes, and hybrids in a 3-species hybrid zone
    John Benson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Winter predation patterns of wolves in northwestern Wyoming
    Susannah Woodruff,  Regional research coordinator, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

  • Humans and their role in shaping the ecological functions of wolves
    Thomas Newsome, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

  • Individuality in habitat use of Scandinavian wolves in relation to anthropogenic infrastructure
    David Carricondo-Sanchez
    , Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Koppang, Norway

  • Challenging the wildlife decision-making infrastructure
    Walter Medwid, Vermont Wildlife Coalition, Newport, Vermont

  • Scent-marking and biometeorology: An analysis of behavior across canid species Grey Wolf (Canis lupus), Red Wolf (Canis rufus), and Coyote (Canis latrans)
    Hannah Jones, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas

  • Do novel scavenging opportunities or risk of interspecific killing by wolves influence occupancy and activity patterns of smaller carnivores?
    David Keiter, University of Nebraska , School of Natural Resources