UM Welcomes New Wildlife Biology Chair

September 09, 2016

Jedediah BrodieMISSOULA – Jedediah Brodie, an ecologist and conservation biologist, will join the University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program as the next John J. Craighead Chair of Wildlife Biology.

Brodie will join the College of Humanities and Sciences faculty this fall. He was previously an assistant professor of conservation ecology at the University of British Columbia.

“We are elated to have Jedediah join our wildlife biology faculty,” Bishop said. “He is an extremely productive researcher who has made notable contributions to wildlife conservation in North America and globally. Jed was selected from an extremely competitive field of candidates, which speaks to the value of these high-profile endowed chairs for attracting top ecologists to the University of Montana.”

The endowed chair position was established to honor the accomplishments of John J. Craighead, who pioneered many areas of wildlife biology research. Craighead worked with grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park and led the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit during his 25 years at UM.

“The Craigheads left an indelible legacy in wildlife biology,” Brodie said. “I’m honored to join the amazing faculty in the Wildlife Biology Program and excited to work with my new colleagues to push the boundaries of ecology and conservation worldwide.”

Brodie received a Ph.D. in biology from UM in 2007. He was a David H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellow with the Wildlife Conservation Society from 2007 to 2009 and a Fulbright Research Fellow to Malaysia from 2011 to 2012.

He studies mammal population ecology, landscape connectivity and species interactions. Much of his research takes place in Southeast Asia – mostly in Borneo – where he studies the metacommunity of mammals living in increasingly altered habitats, as well as the ecological importance of species interactions involving mammals.

He is a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Asia-Pacific Assessment, a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission, scientific adviser to the International Conservation Fund of Canada, and a research associate with the Denver Zoological Foundation.

UM’s Wildlife Biology Program is world-renowned for the quality of its research and undergraduate and graduate programs. The program is administered by the College of Forestry and Conservation, the Division of Biological Sciences and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and is the only UM program with two endowed positions, the Boone and Crockett Professor and the John J. Craighead Chair.

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Contact: Chad Bishop, director, UM Wildlife Biology Program, 406-243-4374, chad.bishop@umontana.edu.