Executive Council Members

President

John Hechtel
Retired-Alaska Fish and Game

United States of America

+1.907.457.2032

Term ends 09 January 2023

Past-President

Andreas Zedrosser
University of South-Eastern Norway

Norway

+47.3595.2765

Term ends 09 January 2023

Vice President, Americas

Karyn Rode
United States Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center

United States of America

Term ends 09 January 2023

Vice President, Eurasia

Agnieszka Sergiel
Institute of Nature Conservation of Polish Academy of Sciences

Poland

+48.123.703.564

Term ends 09 January 2024

Secretary

Alexander Kopatz
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)

Norway

+47.4513.2514

Term ends 09 January 2024

Treasurer

Jared Laufenberg
United States Fish and Wildlife Service

United States of America

Term ends 09 January 2023

Councillors

Marta De Barba

Biology Department
Biotechnical Faculty

Slovenia

Term ends 09 January 2024

Anne Hertel

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Germany

+49.177.6733016

Term ends 09 January 2023

Karine Pigeon

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development – Skeena Region
British Colombia Government

Canada

+1.250.875.7186

Term ends 09 January 2023

Konstantin Tirronen

Institute of Biology Karelian Research Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences

Russia

+79 004 62 3440

Term ends 09 January 2023

Colleen Olfenbuttel

North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission

United States of America

+1.919.920.6302

Term ends 09 January 2024

Mark Edwards

Royal Alberta Museum/University of Alberta

Canada

+1.825.468.6177

Term ends 09 January 2024

VIVIANA ALBARRACÍN DÁVALOS

National Museum of Natural History of Bolivia (MNHN)

Bolivia

+591.71943160

Term ends 09 January 2024

Ex-Officio Council

International Bear News Managing Editor

Mark Edwards
Royal Alberta Museum/University of Alberta

Canada

+1.825.468.6177
URSUS Managing Editor

Jon Swenson
Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Norway

+47.90744468
Executive Director

Christopher Kelley
International Association for Bear Research and Management

United States of America

+1.415.902.8115
Director of Transition

Jennapher Teunissen van Manen
International Association for Bear Research and Management

United States of America

+1.530.379.5476
Webmaster

Nadine Bechstein
University of Leipzig

Germany

+49.176.82169126
Bear Conservation Fund Chair

Julia Bevins

United States of America

+1.907.223.3483
IUCN Bear Specialist Group Co-chair

Michael Proctor
Birchdale Ecological

Canada

IUCN Red List Authority Focal Point

Bruce McLellan

Canada

+1.604.452.3233
IUCN Bear Specialist Group Co-chair

Dave Garshelis

United States of America

+1.218-259-5172
Student Representative

Amy MacLeod
University of Alberta

Canada

+1.780.707.0891
IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group Co-Chair

Kristin Laidre
University of Washington, Seattle

United States of America

+1.206.616.9030
IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group Co-Chair

Nicholas J. Lunn
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Canada

+1.780.492.8922