WFA Council Biographies

 

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Current Council Members

 

Anthony Giordano

Image: Anthony Giordano, WFA Council
President 2016-2018; V.P. Latin America 2012-2015.
Anthony J. Giordano is the founder and executive director of S.P.E.C.I.E.S., an organization dedicated to the conservation of the world’s carnivores and the ecosystems that support them.  He holds a double major B.Sc. in zoology and environmental science, a M.Sc. in conservation biology and applied ecology, and a Ph.D. in wildlife science and management.  For his doctoral work, Anthony investigated the population status and genetics of jaguars in the Gran Chaco of Paraguay, where he received a Fulbright Scholarship for his jaguar conservation, landowner outreach, and capacity-building efforts.  Anthony has extensive experience with felid conservation issues and has field experience with a diversity of species, including pumas, clouded leopards, fishing cats, lions, leopards, tigers, jaguarundis, and ocelots  He is a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group and The Explorer’s Club, serves on the Conservation Committee for the American Society of Mammalogists, and is an active board member for the Latin American section of the Society for Conservation Biology.  He has also published several dozen peer-reviewed scientific and popular articles. Anthony is a former Wild Felid Legacy Scholarship recipient (2010), and makes regular contributions to the Wild Felid Monitor

Mark Lotz

Mark Lotz
Vice President, North America 2016-2018
Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from Ohio State University in 1992.  He is currently a Biological Scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and has been studying Florida panthers since 1994.  Mark began his career with FWC at a pivotal time for panther conservation as genetic restoration of the isolated and severely inbred Florida panther population began. This management and monitoring project continues to this day.  His typical field duties have emphasized capturing, collaring, and tracking – from the ground and air - all age classes of panthers for long-term radio telemetry studies to monitor population demographics for genetic restoration and conservation of the species.   As a member of the capture team, he acts as the tree-climber, safely extracting anesthetized panthers from the tree tops.  Some of Mark’s past projects have included evaluating the effectiveness of various wildlife underpass designs, determining the feasibility of extracting DNA from scats, and defining panther prey selection on cattle ranches using GPS cluster point data.  As the Florida panther population has increased, Mark’s duties have evolved and he now is the principle investigator managing human-panther conflicts.  This typically entails investigating the loss of hobby farm animals (i.e. goats), providing living with wildlife knowledge to residents, and acting as liaison with NGO’s to provide further assistance with resolving predator conflicts.

 

Sandra Ortiz

Image: Sandra Ortiz
Vice President, Latin America 2016-2018 and Councilor 2014-2015.
Sandra received her veterinary degree (MVZ) in 2006 from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry (FMVZ) in Mexico City and recently successfully defended her Masters at UNAM. She undertook a one-year internship in zoo animal medicine and husbandry at national zoos and has worked in clinics and private hospitals intermittently. She has participated as field veterinarian in several field projects with bats, rodents and carnivores and did a research internship at EcoHealth Alliance. From 2008 to date she has worked as field veterinarian for the “Jaguar and puma conservation project in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve (CBR)” from the Institute of Ecology, UNAM and works also for two other jaguar projects in the Yucatán Peninsula in southern Mexico. Sandra has attended and presented lectures at several conferences, workshops and meetings of jaguar conservation, wildlife anesthesia and conservation medicine. She is currently finishing her Master of Animal Health Science at UNAM and her research project is focused on determination of the prevalence of exposure to canine distemper virus (CDV) of jaguars, pumas and domestic dogs in the surroundings of the CBR, tutored by top ecology and jaguar researchers Gerardo Suzán, Gerardo Ceballos and Sharon L. Deem. Sandra is curently field representative for Wildlife Pharmaceuticals Mexico and continues to develop her research project of carnivore diseases in Calakmul and the creation of a veterinary advisory group for jaguar and puma conservation strategies in Mexico.

Ken Logan

Ken Logan
WFA Secretary, 2016-2018.
Ken has a Bachelor’s Degree in Range & Wildlife Management, a Master’s Degree in Zoology & Physiology, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Sciences. He has been involved in puma research and management applications for the past 34 years, involving 4 puma populations in Wyoming, New Mexico, California, and Colorado. Currently, Ken is a Mammals Researcher for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Ken’s puma research has covered a broad range of topics, including population dynamics, behavior, social organization, puma-prey relationships and human-puma interactions. In those efforts he led two 10-year studies on puma populations in New Mexico and Colorado that involved experimental manipulation of the populations to address a variety of biological and ecological questions. Significant contributions from those works as they pertain to puma science, management, and conservation (and possibly to other big cats), include: the reproductive strategies hypothesis, source-sink demographic dynamics with application to a wide range of options through zone management, and puma—ungulate prey—habitat interactions that help us better understand population-level effects of predation and effects of sport-hunting on puma populations. Ken has authored and co-authored a number of professional papers, book chapters, and a book titled: Desert Puma: Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation of an Enduring Carnivore in 2001. The book was awarded The Outstanding Publication in Wildlife Ecology and Management by The Wildlife Society in 2002.

Cheyenne Stewart

Cheyenne Stewart
Treasurer 2017-2019
Cheyenne holds her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology and Wildlife Biology. She is currently a biologist studying the disease ecology of brucellosis in elk in western Wyoming for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. She has worked with a variety of species, including pumas and bobcats throughout her career and she has experience with research, management, and conservation organizations throughout the continental U.S. and abroad. Cheyenne specializes in wildlife capture and handling as well as database management and GIS mapping and analysis. While pursuing her M.S. degree studying greater sage-grouse in Utah, Cheyenne became an active member of the WFA as a Student Representative. Seeing a need within the organization, Cheyenne filled the first WFA Student Representative Coordinator position and worked to organize, promote, and make the Student Representatives an important and functional component of WFA.

Linda Sweanor

Linda Sweanor
Past President 2016-2018, Elected President 2013-2015, Interim President 2007-2013
Linda earned her M.S. in Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho in 1990. She has been involved in puma research, including population ecology, puma-prey relationships, puma social organization and puma-human interactions, since 1985. Linda studied pumas in New Mexico for the Hornocker Wildlife Institute and in California for the University of California at Davis. She has co-authored several related professional papers and also co-authored with her husband, Ken Logan, Desert Puma: Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation of an Enduring Carnivore (2001). Linda recently assisted with a felid (puma, bobcat, domestic cat) disease transmission study as a Research Associate with Colorado State University and also volunteers on a puma population study in western Colorado. Linda is a founding member of WFA and served as interim president from 2007 to 2012.

Rogelio Carrera

Rogelio Carrera
Councilor 2016-2018
Rogelio was born in Chihuahua City in 1973 and grew up in Saltillo, Coahuila. He graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Animal Science from Antonio Narro University in 1994,and received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas Tech University in 2004 and 2008. He has worked at numerous education, research, and wildlife conservation organizations in Mexico and USA. He is currently a Professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Nuevo Leon State University in Mexico where he is in charge of the Wildlife Laboratory.  In his professional service he has worked with many different wildlife species from monarch butterflies, birds, jaguarundis, mule deer, black bears, Mexican wolves and jaguars; however his main research focus is in predator-prey relationships and the management of human-carnivore interactions. Recently, he has been working closely with the Mexican natural protected areas system in northern Mexico in developing conservation strategies and monitoring of carnivores. He is a member of several international wildlife professional organizations and has received international awards for his research and conservation activities.

Mark Elbroch

Mark Elbroch
Councilor 2016-2018
Mark serves as the Director of Science for Panthera’s Puma and Jaguar Programs (www.panthera.org), and is based in Kelly, Wyoming where he leads Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project. Mark has contributed to research on mountain lions in California, Colorado, and Patagonia, and is currently working with various collaborators to launch new puma projects in northern Mexico, California, and southernmost Patagonia. Mark earned his doctoral degree at the University of California, Davis, where his dissertation research focused on puma ecology in central Chilean Patagonia. His current research emphasizes conservation imperatives for pumas and jaguars, and includes livestock conflict and varied community and behavioral ecology. Mark is a member of the California Mountain Lion Science Working Group and a Switzer Fellow (in Environmental Leadership). In addition to scientific writing, he is a regular contributor to National Geographic’s CatWatch news blog and has authored and coauthored 10 books on natural history, including Mammal Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species and the new Peterson Reference Guide: Behavior of North American Mammals.

 

Brian Kertson

Brian Kertson
Councilor 2017-2019
Brian received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Forest Resources (Wildlife Science) from the University of Washington. He has been involved with felid research for 15 years with much of his work focused on cougar ecology and behavior in Washington’s diverse landscapes. Currently, Brian is a Wildlife Research Scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). His research incorporates various aspects of behavioral, spatial, and population ecology to address questions of carnivore conservation and management with an emphasis on quantifying the role of predation in ecosystems and the development of strategies that maximize coexistence between carnivores and people. Brian’s current research efforts examine what, if any, relationships exist among cougar population characteristics, space use patterns, and rates of interaction in wildland-urban landscapes and the predator-prey dynamics of systems with and without wolves. In addition to his research for WDFW, he advises a number of University of Washington graduate students on their carnivore research projects as an affiliate faculty member of the School of Environmental and Forest Science’s Wildlife Science Group. Brian has been a WFA member since 2007.

 

Mauro Lucherini

Mauro Lucherini
Councilor 2017-2019
Mauro was born in Italy, where he completed his PhD on animal behavioral ecology at Universitá di Siena, but has been living in Argentina since 1996. Since then, he has coordinated the activities of a young team of carnivore researchers based at Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina. He has worked on ungulates in Canada (bighorns) and Argentina (vicuñas and guanacos) and with crested porcupines, red foxes, badgers, and beach martens in Italy. His current work includes the study and conservation of the endangered Andean cat, and the analysis and mitigation of puma and Pampas fox conflicts with livestock, and the natural history and basic ecology of 10 species of South American carnivores, both through its direct work and that of a number of postgraduate students that he has trained. Mauro is a member of the Andean Cat Alliance, Panthera’s Scientific Council, and both the IUCN Canid and Cat Specialist Groups.

Toni Ruth

Toni Ruth
Councilor 2017-19. Toni received her B.S. in Forest and Resource Conservation from the University of Florida, a M.S. in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University, and her Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Idaho.  She began her work with cougars as a veterinarian assistant on the Florida Panther Project in southern Florida in 1987. Since then, she has studied cougar populations in Texas, New Mexico, Montana, and Idaho.  She previously worked with the Hornocker Wildlife Institute for 11 years and the Wildlife Conservation Society for 5 years. Between 1998 and 2006, Toni was the Cougar Project Leader researching the effects of wolf reestablishment on the cougar population in Yellowstone National Park. She has published numerous scientific publications in journals, Yellowstone Science, the Wild Felid Monitor, book chapters, popular articles and a soon to be published book, “Yellowstone Cougars: Ecology Before and During Wolf Reestablishment”. Toni has served on three graduate committees that focused on cougars and other carnivores. She also served on the steering committee for the 9th Mountain Lion Workshop in May 2008. For 13 years she has taught a Yellowstone Association field course on Cougar Ecology and Interactions with other Carnivores. Since moving to Salmon, Idaho in 2005, Toni has lead a mule deer habitat sampling crew and conducted Peregrine falcon, flammulated owl, bobolink, and monarch butterfly surveys for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and traveled to Patagonia under contract with Panthera. In November 2014, Toni became the High Divide Coordinator for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. She was a founding member and is the current board president for the local non-profit Salmon Valley Stewardship, a group that works to promote a healthy environment and a sustainable economy in the Salmon River Region of Idaho. She has been a member of the Wild Felid Association since its inception and currently serves on the Wild Felid Legacy Scholarship committee.

Former Council Members

 

Image: John Beecham, WFA Council John Beecham (2007-2008)

 

Image: Chris Belden, WFA Council Chris Belden (2007-2011)

 

Image: Ivonne Cassaigne, WFA Council Ivonne Cassaigne (2010-2013)

 

Image: Melanie Culver, WFA Council Melanie Culver (2009-2013)

 

Image: Deanna Dawn, WFA Council Deanna Dawn (2007-2010)

 

Image: Rich DeSimone, WFA Council Rich DeSimone(2006-2008)

 

Image: Marcella Kelly, WFA Council Marcella Kelly (2010-2016)

 

Image: Gary Koehler, WFA Council Gary Koehler (2007-2009)

Donny Martorello (2007)

Sharon Negri, WFA Secretary Sharon Negri (2007-2012)

 

Image: Rodrigo Nunez Rodrigo Nunez(2014-2016)

 

Image: Christopher Papouchis, WFA Council Christopher Papouchis (2010-2016)

 

Image: Suzie Prange Secretary Suzie Prange (2012-2015)

 

Image: Aimee Rockhill, WFA Council Aimee Rockhill (2012-2015)

 

Image: Stan Rullman Stan Rullman (2014-2016)

 

Image: Laurel Klein, VP Laurel Serieys (2012-2015)

 

Image: David Stoner, WFA Council David Stoner (2009-2013)

 

Image: Mike Tewes, WFA Council Mike Tewes (2009-2012)

 

Image: Ron Thompson, WFA Council Ron Thompson (2007-2010)


Hugh Robinson (2007-2009)

 

Image: Jim Williams, WFA Council Jim Williams (2009-2012)