The Wolf Conservation Center hosted Dr. Rolf Peterson on November 19, 2020 at 6 PM EST for a discussion about the wolves of Isle Royale National Park.
Isle Royale is a remote wilderness island in Lake Superior and home to populations of wolves and moose that are known worldwide. These animals are the focus of the longest-running study of a predator-prey system in the wild, and Dr. Rolf Peterson, an internationally recognized wildlife ecologist at Michigan Technical University, has been at the helm of the project for over four decades.
Dr. Peterson provided a timely update on the NEW wolves of Isle Royale, more than a year after wolves were translocated to this island national park in Lake Superior. The restored wolf population is already proving to be a force for transformation, both for this ecosystem and for continued understanding of the natural role of the wolf in nature.
Visit The Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale for more information.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Rolf Peterson, an internationally recognized wildlife ecologist at Michigan Technical University, began leading the Isle Royale wolf-moose study in the early 1970s and has continued his primary role in the project for over four decades of the study's sixty-year history. In 2006, Dr. Peterson retired from a faculty position at Michigan Technological University to devote even more time to the wolf-moose project and now spends more time on Isle Royale than on the mainland. In addition to wolf research at Isle Royale, he and his students have conducted wolf studies in Alaska, Yellowstone, Minnesota, and mainland Michigan.