Current Council Members
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Former Council Members
Donny Martorello (2007)
Marcella received her B.S. and PhD from the University of California at Davis. Her PhD research was centered on Serengeti cheetah demography and viability as determined through photo-identification of cheetahs from a 25-year data set. She has worked on felids for 18 years and is currently an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech in the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Department. Her current research focuses on using non-invasive techniques such as remote cameras combined with mark-recapture and/or occupancy statistics to estimate demographic parameters for elusive species - particularly wild felids such as jaguars, ocelots, and pumas in Central America, bobcats in the U.S., leopard in Tanzania, and tigers in Indonesia and Nepal.
An interim council member in 2007–2009, Gary is a Wildlife Research Scientist with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WA F&W) where he has worked since 1994. He has conducted studies of American black bears with WA F&W, and he is presently conducting studies of Canada lynx and cougars, including an investigation on cougar behavior and demography in response to human development (known as "Project CAT or Cougars and Teaching). Prior to employment with WA F&W, Gary taught Wildlife Management at Moi Univeristy in Kenya where he supervised graduate student research projects. He has also spent time in China and India conducting research and carnivore surveys. He is a native of the Pacific Northwest in the USA where he has conducted surveys and research and published on a variety of carnivores including American marten, wolverine, bobcat, lynx, cougars, coyotes, and American black bears.
After obtaining his undergraduate degree in zoology, Stan became an intern with the Cincinnati Zoo's Cat Ambassador Program, then served as the zoo's Conservation Coordinator, overseeing the zoo's conservation partnerships. He left the zoo in 1998 fo focus on community-based conservation efforts with the Jane Goodall Institute in Tanzania. In 2003, Stan accepted a National Science Foundation Fellowship at the University of Washington and recently completed his PhD in Wildlife Science and Urban Ecology. His dissertation focus was on predator-prey relationships along the urban-to-wildland gradient.
An interim council member from 2007–2010, Ron obtained a BS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Arizona, and after a 4 year retirement, is once again working for the Arizona Game and Fish Department - now as a large carnivore biologist. Prior to this, he was a contract wildlife biologist capturing and radio collaring pumas for a desert bighorn sheep/puma interaction study on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge near Yuma, AZ. As a past contractor for the Turner Endangered Species Fund he assisted with a project to restore a subpopulation of desert bighorn sheep on a private ranch near Engle, NM through the application of an adaptive management strategy for pumas. In recent years he has worked with private ranch owners in Sonora, Mexico within an established jaguar conservation area. Conservation efforts are directed at utilizing working landscapes in the presence of livestock and sustainable wildlife resources to better protect jaguars.
Hugh RobinsonAn interim council member from 2007–2009, Hugh is originally from Calgary, Alberta and completed his B.Sc. at the University of Calgary in Geography. Hugh was involved in cougar research in B.C. and Washington State from 1996 to 2007, completing his M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2007) at Washington State University. He continues to conduct research into predator–prey interactions (albeit on wolves) as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Montana.
Elected WFA's Vice President for 2009-2012, Jim is currently the Wildlife Program Manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) in northwest Montana. Jim studied puma ecology for his Master's Degree on Montana's Rocky Mountain Front and Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. As a field biologist for FWP in central Montana, Jim managed big game populations, including puma and supervised a bighorn sheep and puma interaction project on Montana's Beartooth Wildlife Management Area. For the last ten years, in his role as a Wildlife Program Manager, Jim has supervised a talented group of research and management biologists as well as programs ranging from grizzly bear research and management to habitat conservation and acquisitions. Jim is currently Vice President of the Montana-Patagonia Chapter of the Partners of the Americas. Jim has been traveling to Argentina to work with Patagonia wildlife biologists on puma conflict and management issues in the southern hemisphere.