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Faculty Image Joel Berger
Office: Natural Sciences 205
Phone: (406) 243-5540
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Current Position:

John J. Craighead Chair and Professor of Wildlife Conservation

Division of Biological Sciences
Department of Organismic Biology and Ecology

Wildlife Biology Program
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812


Please take a look at my lab wepage for more information:

Field Of Study:

Conservation biology, behavioral ecology, large mammals


Postdoctoral Fellowship Smithsonian Institution (1979)

PhD  University of Colorado, Boulder; (1978)

MS   California State University, Northridge (1975)

BA   California State University, Northridge (1974)

Selected Publications:

Berger, J. & J. Beckmann. 2010. Sexual predators, energy development, and conservation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Conservation Biology 24:891-896.

Berger, K. M., E. Gese, and J. Berger. 2008. Indirect effects and traditional trophic cascades: A test involving, wolves, coyotes, and pronghorn, Ecology 89:818-828.

Berger, J.  2008.   Undetected Species Losses, Food Webs, and Ecological Baselines: A Cautionary Tale from Yellowstone.  Oryx (In Press)

Berger, J.  2007.  Fear, Human Shields, and the Re-Distribution of Prey and Predators in Protected Areas.  Biology Letters 3:620-623.

Berger, J.  2007.  Carnivore Repatriation and Holarctic Prey: Narrowing the Deficit in Ecological Effectiveness. Conservation Biology 21:1105-1116.

Reeves, R. R., J. Berger, and P. J. Clapham.  2007.  Killer Whales as Predators of Large Baleen Whales And Sperm Whales..  In Whaling, Oceans, and Food Webs (Ed. J. Estes).  University of California Press.  Pp. 172-186.

Berger, J. S. L. Cain, and K. Berger. 2006.  Connecting the Dots: An Invariant Migration Corridor Links the Holocene to the Present.  Biology Letters 2:528-531.

Donlan, C. J., J. Berger, et al. 2006.  Pleistocene Re-wilding: an Optimistic Agenda for 21st Century Conservation.  American Naturalist 168:660-681

Berger, J. and D. Smith.  2005. Restoring Functionality in Yellowstone with Recovering Carnivores:  Gains and Uncertainties.  In Ray, J., K. H. Redford, R. Steneck, and J. Berger.  (eds.)  2005. Large Carnivores and Conservation of Biodiversity.   Island Press. Covello, Calif. Pp. 100-109.

Berger, J.  2005.  Hunting by Carnivores and by Humans: Is Functional Redundancy Possible and Who Really Cares?  In Ray, J., K. H. Redford, R. Steneck, and J. Berger.  (eds.)  2005.  Large Carnivores and the Conservation of Biodiversity.  Island Press.  Pp. 316-341.

Donlan, J., H. W. Greene, J. Berger, et al.  2005.  Re-Wildling North America.  Nature 436:913-914.

Ray, J. C., K. H. Redford, J. Berger, and R. Steneck.  2005Is Large Carnivore Conservation Equivalent to Biodiversity Conservation, and How Can We Achieve Both?   In Ray, J., K. H. Redford, R. Steneck, and J. Berger.  (eds.)  2005.  Large Carnivores and Conservation of Biodiversity.   Island Press. Covello, Calif.  Pp. 400-428.

Berger, J. 2004.  The Longest Mile:  How to Sustain Long Distance Migration in Mammals.  Conservation Biology  18:320-332.

Berger, J.  2004.  Long Distance Migrations: Yellowstone in a Global Context.  Pp 18-23.  In: 7th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Yellowstone  National Park.