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"I BELIEVE in a place where animals can thrive."
Rose Letwin, Wilburforce Foundation
Y2Y Funder since 1999


Mark Hebblewhite, Ph.D.

Mark has lived and conducted wildlife conservation science in the Yellowstone to Yukon region since 1995, when he started working in Banff National Park.

Mark obtained his BSc from the University of Guelph, where he worked with John Theberge on wolves in Algonquin Park. This led Mark to a master’s degree in wildlife biology at the University of Montana, where he worked with Paul Paquet and Dan Pletscher on wolves in Banff. He later completed a PhD on wolf and elk ecology, also in Banff’s Ya Ha Tinda ecosystem at the University of Alberta with Evelyn Merrill. After a post-doctoral fellowship with Tony Sinclair at the University of British Columbia focusing on Mountain Caribou, Mark worked as a Wildlife Biology Professor at the University of Montana since 2006.

Together with his students and colleagues, Mark has studied large mammal ecology and conservation throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon region. In the last almost 25 years, he has learned a great deal from conservation science about what wolves, grizzly bears, caribou, elk, mountain lions and other large mammals need.

In joining the Y2Y Board, Mark hopes to be able to contribute to the Y2Y mission because conservation science is not enough – for science to play a role, it must be relevant to public policy and be engaged.

Mark enjoys recreating in large, wild landscapes, and is a passionate backcountry skier, trail runner, mountain biker, hunter, and most recently, proud dad who is rediscovering the joy of watching insects in the grass with his daughter Anna and son Simon.