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Shannon M. Barber-Meyer, Ph.D.

Research Wildlife Biologist
USGS Wolf and Deer Project
Kawishiwi Ranger District
1393 Hwy 169
Ely, MN 55731

Phone: (218) 365-2087
Fax: (218) 365-7563
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Photo of Shannon M Barber-meyer.


  • Large carnivore ecology and conservation
  • Animal behavior
  • Population monitoring
  • Radio telemetry and wildlife biology field techniques

Current Projects:

  • Field research on wolves and deer that examines numerous aspects of their ecology including survival, mortality factors, reproduction, movements, dispersal, population dynamics, genetics, and relationships with each other. This requires capturing and handling animals, knowledge of radio-telemetry technology, aerial radio-tracking, aerial reconnaissance, analyzing data, and writing for technical publication.


  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, Emperor Penguin Population Monitoring, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA (2007)
  • Ph.D., Wildlife Conservation major with Ecology, Evolution and Behavior minor, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN (2006)
  • B.S. High Honors, Biology major with Chemistry and Math minors, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL (1996)

Professional Experience:

  • 2011-Present:  Wildlife Biologist, Wolf-Deer Project, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, USGS, Ely, MN
  • 2010-2011:  Field Science Graduate Faculty, Teton Science Schools, Kelly, WY
  • 2008-2010:  Tiger Conservation Program Officer World Wildlife Fund/TRAFFIC, Washington, D.C.
  • 2007-2008:  Mexican Wolf Field Team Leader, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Alpine, AZ
  • 2006-2007;  Postdoctoral emperor penguin population monitoring research, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • 2003-2005:  PhD research on elk calf mortality in Yellowstone National Park, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Professional Affiliations:

  • Outstanding Monograph Award – The Wildlife Society (2009)
  • Member of The Wildlife Society

Selected Publications:

Barber-Meyer, S.M. 2013. Malberg mystery. International Wolf, Spring 23(1):8-11.

Barber-Meyer, S.M., S.R. Jnawali, J.B. Karki, P. Kanal, S. Lohani, B. Long, D.I. MacKenzie, B. Pandav, N.M.B. Pradhan, R. Shrestha, G. Thapa, K. Thapa and E. Wikramanayake. 2013. Influence of prey depletion and human disturbance on tiger occupancy in Nepal. Journal of Zoology 289(1):10-18.

Barber-Meyer, S.M. 2012. Severe maxillary osteomyelitis in a Gray Wolf (Canis lupus). Canadian Field-Naturalist 126(3):238-241.

Griffin, K.A., M. Hebblewhite, H.S. Robinson, P. Zager, S.M. Barber-Meyer, D. Christianson, S. Creel, N.C. Harris, M.A. Hurley, D.H. Jackson, B.K. Johnson, W.L. Myers, J.D. Raithel, M. Schlegel, B.L. Smith, C. White, and P.J. White. 2011. Neonatal mortality of elk driven by climate, predator phenology and predator community composition. Journal of Animal Ecology 80(6):1246-1257.

Barber-Meyer, S.M. 2010. Dealing with the clandestine nature of wildlife trade market surveys. Conservation Biology 24(4):918-923.

Loucks, C., S.M. Barber-Meyer, M.A.A. Hossain, A. Barlow, and R.M. Choudhury. 2010. Sea-level rise and tigers: predicted impacts to Bangladesh’s Sundarbans mangroves. Climatic Change 98:291-298.

Barber-Meyer, S.M. 2009. The tiger and the wolf: Reflections of Yellowstone in Corbett National Park, India. Yellowstone Science 17(1):33-36.

Barber-Meyer, S.M., L.D. Mech, and P.J. White. 2008. Elk calf survival and mortality following wolf restoration to Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife Monographs 169:1-30.

Barber-Meyer, S.M., and L.D. Mech. 2008. Factors influencing predation on juvenile ungulates and natural selection implications. Wildlife Biology in Practice 4(1):8-29.

Barber-Meyer, S.M., G.L. Kooyman, and P.J. Ponganis. 2008. Trends in western Ross Sea emperor penguin chick abundances and their relationships to climate. Antarctic Science 20:3-11.

Barber-Meyer, S.M., G.L. Kooyman, and P.J. Ponganis. 2007. Estimating the relative abundance of emperor penguins at inaccessible colonies using satellite imagery. Polar Biology 30(12):1565-1570.

Barber-Meyer, S.M., P.J. White, and L.D. Mech. 2007. Survey of selected pathogens and blood profile of northern Yellowstone elk: wolf sanitation effect implications. American Midland Naturalist 158(2):369-381.

Demma, D., S. Barber-Meyer, and L. Mech. 2007. Use of GPS telemetry to study wolf predation on deer fawns. Journal of Wildlife Management 71(8):2767-2775.

Barber-Meyer, S.M., C.R. Johnson, M.P. Murtaugh, L.D. Mech, and P.J. White. 2007. Interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor-α values in elk neonates. Journal of Mammalogy 88(2):421-426.

Barber-Meyer, S.M. 2007. Impacts of photopollution on the nocturnal behavior of the sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps). Pacific Conservation Biology 13(3):171-176.

Barber-Meyer, S.M. 2006. Elk calf mortality following wolf restoration to Yellowstone National Park. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. 195 pp.

Barber, S., L.D. Mech, and P.J. White. Summer 2005. Yellowstone elk calf mortality following wolf restoration: bears remain top summer predators. Yellowstone Science 13(3): 37-44.

Mech, L.D. and S. Barber, Feb. 2002. A Critique of Wildlife Radio-Tracking And Its Uses In National Parks. U.S. National Park Service Report. 78 pp.

Barber, S. 1996. Isolation, characterization, and expression of IL-2 from polar bear and grey wolf cDNA. B.S. Thesis, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL. 88 pp.

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