List of Cooperators

Cooperative Studies

We’ve been fortunate to establish close working relationships with many universities, corporate, and state and federal natural resource agency scientists (see partial list below).  Because the captive bear facility, its bears, and supporting staff are unique and dedicated to bear research across the wide range of the biological and ecological sciences, we’ve long encouraged others to become involved in either our ongoing studies or to develop new studies that will enhance our understanding of bear biology.  While we cannot provide funding for independent studies, we will endeavor to create the conditions necessary for the successful completion of cooperative studies aimed at understanding grizzly bear and polar bear biology and ecology.

If you would like to explore opportunities to either join our efforts or develop new studies, please contact either Drs. Robbins (, nutrition and ecology), Jansen (, physiology), or Kelley (, genetics and evolution) for discussion of your ideas, our current studies, or whether we can develop a new cooperative study to address your interests.

Current or previous collaborating scientists

Nutrition and ecology

  • Dr. Chris Servheen, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Missoula
  • Dr. Chuck Schwartz, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and US Geological Survey
  • Dr. Frank van Manen, US Geological Survey, Bozeman
  • Mark Haroldson, US Geological Survey, Bozeman
  • Kerry Gunther, National Park Service, Mammoth
  • Dr. Sean Farley, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Anchorage
  • Dr. Grant Hilderbrand, National Park Service, Anchorage
  • Dr. Karyn Rode, US Geological Survey, Anchorage and Portland
  • Dr. Gordon Stenhouse, fRI Research, Hinton, Canada
  • Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, Polar Bears International, Bozeman
  • Dr. Claudia Lopez-Alfaro, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Dr. Marc Cattet, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Dr. Nick Lunn, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Dr. Anthony Pagano, US Geological Survey, Anchorage
  • Dr. Ryan Long, University of Idaho, Moscow
  • Dr. Troy Tollefson, Mazuri® Exotic Animal Nutrition, St. Louis
  • Dr. Perry Barboza, Texas A&M University
  • Travis Vineyard, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • Debbie Thompson, Little Rock Zoo
  • Dr. Andrea Fidgett, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
  • Dr. Kerry Nicholson, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Fairbanks
  • Bill Leacock, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Fairbanks
  • Megan Owen, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
  • Dr. Diana Lafferty, Northern Michigan University, Marquette


  • Dr. Craig McGowan, University of Idaho, Moscow
  • Dr. Jose Pablo Vazquez-Medina, Berkeley
  • Tim Laske, Medtronic Inc., Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Dr. Annie Chen-Allen, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Dr. Chantal Vella, University of Idaho, Moscow
  • Dr. Steven Brown, University of Zürich, Zürich
  • Dr. Tanya Leise, Amherst College, Amherst

Genetics and evolution

  • Dr. Ed Green, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Dr. Beth Shapiro, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Dr. Lisette Waits, University of Idaho, Moscow
  • Pacific Biosciences, Menlo Park, CA
  • Delaware Biotechnology Institute, University of Delaware
  • Dr. Matthew Hahn, University of Indiana
  • Dr. Nathan Tucker, Masonic Medical Institute