Robert M. Inman, PhD, Executive Director
Dr. Inman is a wildlife biologist with 20 years of experience conducting field research, primarily on bears and wolverines. He is one of the world's foremost experts on wolverines, a species whose biology is challenging society to adapt and address major 21st century issues such as connectivity at a grand scale, climate change, and funding non-game species. His career in the outdoors began at an early age, camping and hiking throughout the National Parks of western North America with his father and the students of Ensworth School. He went on to earn a Masters degree in the bear research program at the University of Tennessee where he was awarded as the outstanding graduate teaching assistant. He and his wife Kris enjoyed climbing into bear dens while they studied bears in Tennessee, Maine, Virginia, Oregon, and New Mexico. They became residents of Ennis, Mont., in 2001 when they began leading an intensive, decade-long capture and radio-tracking study of the wolverines of Greater Yellowstone. The GPS technology that the Inmans applied for the first time to wolverines revealed the amazing capacity of the species to move through rugged terrain and the vast multi-state scale over which conservation of wolverines must occur. Their team radio-tracked M56 as he dispersed from Grand Teton to Rocky Mountain National Park and became the first wolverine documented in Colorado in nearly a century. Bob earned his Doctoral degree in Sweden, has published numerous professional papers, and has hosted a series of wolverine workshops including discussions of potential reintroduction projects and techniques for translocating wolverines. He and his colleagues have worked hard to define science-based conservation priorities for wolverines, and Bob is now focused on following through by developing innovative programs that empower youth and rural communities to conserve species, habitats, and our outdoor heritage. We were able to convince him to take the reins of the Craighead Institute and help us carry the legacy of the past 50 years into the future, bringing his vision and insights to build upon our current expertise in conservation science. Bob, Kris, and their three young children enjoy river-rafting, archery, climbing mountains, and winter nights around the wood stove.
Email Bob at rminman [at] craigheadinstitute [dot] org
F. Lance Craighead, PhD, Conservation Director
Dr. Craighead is a field ecologist, population geneticist, and GIS technician with several years of experience in conservation planning. His current research interests focus on aspects of conservation planning based upon focal or umbrella species: population and metapopulation persistence, gene flow, habitat connectivity, core habitat, and protected areas. Lance co-edited the book "Conservation Planning: Shaping the Future" which was published in February 2013. Lance has published numerous scientific papers, completed three book chapters, and published one popular book: "Bears of the World". Lance was the Executive Director of the Craighead Institute from 1994 to 2014 when Bob Inman replaced him. He focuses his time developing and coordinating research, building partnerships, and fundraising. After graduating from Carleton College in 1969, Lance went to work for the Peace Corps in Fiji and Samoa. He then received his M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied seabirds in the Pribilof Islands of Alaska. After 10 years living in Alaska, Lance completed a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Montana State University studying grizzly bear genetics in the Alaskan arctic. He is currently a Research Affiliate Professor in the Ecology Department at MSU, and a member of IUCN World Committee on Protected Areas, Society for Conservation Biology, and Society for Conservation GIS.
E-mail Lance at lance [at] craigheadinstitute [dot] org.
Brent Brock, M.S., Landscape Ecologist
Brent holds a BS in Wildlife Biology and MSc. in Rangeland Ecology from Kansas State University. He was the Data Manager at the Konza Prairie Biological Station studying bison grazing ecology before joining the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he conducted a landscape level wildlife conservation assessment of the Madison Valley in Montana. His emphasis at Craighead Institute is in incorporating the theories of landscape ecology into the conservation of large complex ecosystems and their linkages. For the past several years he has worked to develop GIS-based tools and new strategies to improve land use planning and landowner stewardship in the Madison Valley. Brent has also founded Treewalkers International, an organization that is dedicated to saving the world's amphibians...one poisonous dart frog at a time.
E-mail Brent at bbrock [at] craigheadinstitute [dot] org.
April Craighead, M.S., Wildlife Biologist
April holds a B.A. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from the University of California and a M.S. in Biology from Montana State University. Since joining the Craighead Institute in 2000, April has worked on a variety of research projects including the American pika and climate change related projects which include Resurveying Historic Pika Locations in Montana, Changes in Alpine Plant Communities project, Montana Pika Survey which involves implementing a citizen science project for pikas in Montana, and she was part of the team that studied long-term road ecology on Bozeman Pass. April loves to spend time outdoors hiking, skiing, and enjoying wildlife with her husband Lance, and their daughter Willow.
E-mail April at april [at] craigheadinstitute [dot] org.
John DiBari, PhD, Landscape Ecologist
John holds a PhD in Renewable Natural Resources (University of Arizona) with an emphasis in landscape & wildlife ecology and spatial analysis; MS in Environmental Studies (University of Montana) with an emphasis in land use planning; BS in Geography (Southeast Missouri State) with an emphasis in cartography (minor in Earth Science). His professional, research, and academic experiences provide a unique blend of ecology, planning, and spatial analysis. John's work focuses on activities related to human settlement patterns, wildlife habitat, landscape connectivity (wildlife movement), and resource protection. John has worked as a planner in Missoula County, MT and currently sits on the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board. His experiences position him well to work in a broad range of settings associated with the built and natural environments, especially at the interface of the two.
E-mail John at jdibari [at] craigheadinstitute [dot] org.