Field Biologist with ten years experience capturing polar bears on the Southern Beaufort Sea.
Mike Lockhart has provided field assistance on polar bear research projects for the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 2001. He has extensive experience with wildlife survey, capture, and telemetry techniques which have been put to use in polar bear field studies. Mike has an M.S. in Biology and has worked in wildlife conservation since 1975. He retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2008 after 33 years with that agency, but continues to work actively as a consultant and field biologist. During his tenure with FWS, Mike conducted and/or participated in a host of research projects on birds of prey, carnivores and ungulates; investigated energy development, contaminant, and oil spill effects on wildlife and developed management responses; helped establish a new National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado; assisted with regulation development and management of the Federal subsistence program in Alaska; and, finally, served as the Species Coordinator for the Service’s endangered black-footed ferret recovery program. Mike now lives in Laramie, Wyoming.