Mike Gibeau

Mike Gibeau, NCC contractor, Alberta (Photo courtesy of Mike Gibeau)

Mike Gibeau joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) team after a 33-year career with Parks Canada. Mike has extensive experience in the ecology and management of large carnivores, including research on coyotes, wolves, black bears and grizzly bears. Central to Mike’s work was a decade of research dedicated to investigating the impacts of human activity on grizzly bears. In recent years, much of his time was spent coordinating grizzly bear conservation and policy programs as the Carnivore Specialist for the Mountain National Parks. 

On a broader scale, Mike also advises decision-makers and governments on the management of large carnivores as a member of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group's, Human–Bear Conflict Expert Team. Mike is not only involved in the biology of large carnivores, but has a keen interest in interdisciplinary problem solving, the social context of conservation and the links between science and policy. His focus lies in applying innovative conservation measures on the ground.

Mike has an MSc in wildlife biology from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in conservation biology from the University of Calgary. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Calgary and advises graduate students at a number of universities in Canada and the United States.