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Parker, Margaret N. (Megan)

Parker with dog

In 1997, Megan received her M.S. in Raptor Biology from Boise State University, studying falcons in Guatemala.


Thesis Abstract

Thesis Research & Resulting Publications

From 1994 to 1998, Megan was Director of Research for the Wolf Education and Research Center in Stanley and Winchester, Idaho. There, she helped develop non-invasive monitoring of wolves using detection dogs.

She was a Program Consultant for GTZ/Khan Khentii Protected Area Integrated Fire Management Project in Mongolia from 1998 to 2000. She designed a GIS program for land use and fire management of protected areas and buffer zones in northern Mongolia. In addition, she developed remote sensing, maps and data collection protocols, trained Mongolian teams for data collection, and analyzed data for German, Mongolian, and English published reports.

Megan was a Co-Principal Investigator for the Foothills Forest Carnivore Project in Alberta, Canada, during 1999.  She developed and implemented non-invasive sampling protocols for surveying grizzly and black bear populations in Jasper National Park and surrounding areas.  Megan also trained detection dog/human handler teams to locate and collect bear feces for DNA analysis.

Also in 2000, she was an advisor for GTZ Nature Conservation and Buffer Zone Development Project / Mongolian Wolf Research Organization in Mongolia. She surveyed for wolves in Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park and buffer zones and developed community outreach and research plans for Mongolia conservation research.

She was the Assistant Director for the North America Program for Wildlife Conservation Society in Bozeman, Montana, from 2008 to 2010. She oversaw conservation programs in Arctic Alaska, the Adirondacks, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

In 2010, she received her Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, researching scent marking behavior and chemistry for conservation of African wild dogs in northern Botswana.

Currently, she is the Director of Research at Working Dogs for Conservation (WDC), a nonprofit organization that she co-founded. WDC provides human-canine teams to support a host of scientific investigations (news and resources.) WDC dogs and others have proven themselves indispensable on hundreds of projects around the globe, in every conceivable habitat, working to find target odors, discriminate among species, and even differentiate individual animals.


Publications since Boise State University graduate school:

Parker, M.N., A.M. Enamorado, and M. Lima. 2012. Laughing Falcon. In. D.F. Whitacre, ed., Neotropical Raptors: biology and ecology of a forest raptor community, pp. 265-280. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Parker, M.N. and D.F. Whitacre. 2012. Bat Falcon. In. D.F. Whitacre, ed., Neotropical Raptors: biology and ecology of a forest raptor community, pp. 281-295. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.