Frank Craighead History
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Annual Reports & Newsletters 2011 990
Founder Frank Craighead collaring a grizzly bear.
Since its founding by renowned grizzly bear researcher Dr. Frank C. Craighead in 1964, the Craighead Institute has pioneered the fields of conservation and wildlife research. Over the past four decades the Institute has conducted ecological research on grizzly bears in Yellowstone Park, genetic research on grizzly bears in Alaska, conventional and satellite radio-telemetry of wildlife, and the use of remote sensing to map vegetation and wildlife habitat.
For the past 15 years, the Craighead Institute has also been active in guiding conservation policy and management and in supporting grassroots conservation campaigns with scientific foundations. We work by developing local site-specific conservation plans in partnership with local stakeholders. These plans are designed to function within the larger ecosystems to maintain habitat and connectivity throughout multiple ecosystems and wildlife meta-populations. Craighead Institute has also focused on developing wildlife habitat suitability models, habitat connectivity models, and conservation area designs using GIS and has been involved in several large-scale conservation area designs for regions in the United States, Canada, Tibet, and Bhutan.
In November 2007, Craighead Institute inaugurated the Craighead Center for Landscape Conservation, a conservation research and education program centered in Bozeman, Montana. The Center’s goal is to establish standardized research frameworks, methods, and tools for conservation planning practitioners.
During the last decade Craighead Institute scientists have collaborated on: