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
US Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center

United States of America

Term ends 09 January 2023

Vice President, Eurasia

Agnioeszka Sergiel
Institute of Nature Conservation of Polish Academy of Sciences

Taiwan

+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 of America

Term ends 09 January 2023

Councillors

Marta De Barba

Biology Department
Biotechnical Faculty

Slovenia

+33.476.514.673

Term ends 09 January 2024

Anne Hertel

Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F)

Germany

+49.177.6733016

Term ends 09 January 2023

Karine Pigeon

University of Northern British Columbia & Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Canada

+1.780.223.7317

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

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
Student Representative

Amy MacLeod
University of Alberta

Canada

+1.780.707.0891
IUCN Red List Authority Focal Point

Bruce McLellan

Canada

+1.604.452.3233
IUCN Bear Specialist Group Co-chair

Dave Garshelis
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

United States of America

+1.218-259-5172
IUCN Bear Specialist Group Co-chair

Rob Steinmetz
World Wildlife Fund-Thailand

Thailand

+662-942-7691
IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group Co-Chair

Dag Vongraven
Norwegian Polar Institute

Norway

+47.77750638