Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
L. David (Dave) Mech is a senior research scientist for Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Biological Resources Division, United States Geological Survey (USGS), and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. He obtained his B.S. in wildlife conservation from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from Purdue University. He has studied wolves and their prey for over 40 years and published several books and numerous articles about them. Among the awards Mech has received is The Wildlife Society's Aldo Leopold Award.