Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Alan D. (Al) Afton is assistant leader-wildlife of the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, USGS, and adjunct associate professor in the School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries at Louisiana State University. Al holds a B.S. in wildlife biology from Kansas State University, an M.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in biology-behavioral ecology from the University of North Dakota. He and his graduate students focus their research on basic and applied questions concerning waterfowl ecology and the conservation and management of wetland habitats.
Mike Anderson is currently Canadian Director of Ducks Unlimited's Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) in Stonewall, Manitoba. He received his B.S. from Colorado State University, M.S. from Utah State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. Previously he served as research biologist (1981-88) and scientific director (1988-90) at Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station and as IWWR's chief scientist. His primary research experience has been with freshwater diving ducks and in ecology and conservation of waterfowl in the Prairie Pothole Region.
Robert (Bob) Clark is a research scientist with the Canadian Wildlife Service at the Prairie and Northern Wildlife Research Center in Saskatoon. He received his Ph.D. in wildlife biology from McGill University. His principal research interests are reproductive biology and survival of prairie ducks.
Christine M. Custer is a research wildlife biologist with the USGS at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She received her B.A, from the University of Colorado, M.S. from Corpus Christi State University, and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Her professional career has included research on contaminant effects on wildlife populations and wintering and migration ecology of waterfowl.
Jeff Lawrence has been the waterfowl specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Bemidji since 1988. He received his B.S. from Montana State University, M.S. from Texas A&M University, and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is chairman of the Mississippi Flyway Council's Technical Section Diving Duck Committee.
Bruce Pollard is a research biologist with Ducks Unlimited's Institute for Wetland & Waterfowl Research in Stonewall, Manitoba. He received his B.S. from Brandon University and M.S. from Trent University. His current research activities relate primarily to the development and delivery of Ducks Unlimited's Western Boreal Forest Initiative. He has been actively involved with the Manitoba Chapter of TWS for several years, serving as Chapter President during 1996-97.
James K. (Jim) Ringelman is director of conservation programs in the Great Plains Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited (DU). Prior to joining the staff of DU, he was a waterfowl researcher for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Jim received his Ph.D. from the University of Maine in 1980, M.S. from South Dakota State in 1977, and B.S. from California State University, Fresno, in 1975. He served as an associate editor for the Wildlife Society Bulletin during 1989-91. His principal expertise is in waterfowl ecology and habitat management, waterfowl harvest management, and wetlands ecology.