John Vucetich


John Vucetich is an associate professor of animal ecology at Michigan Technological University, where he teaches courses in Population Ecology and Environmental Ethics. He is co-director of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project, the longest continuous study of any predator-prey system in the world. He is also co-director of the Conservation Ethics Group. He has authored more than 75 scholarly publications on a range of topics, including wolf-prey ecology, extinction risk, population genetics, and environmental philosophy. His also writes for general audiences in venues that include the New York Times and The Ecologist.

John’s contributions to the wolf-moose project have been officially recognized by the United States Senate. Many of his other contributions on topics including the interpreting of the Endangered Species Act, his opposition to the misuse of science in efforts to justify wolf hunting, advocacy by scientists, and the impact of global change on attitudes about conservation, the neglect of ethics in discourse on sustainability, and the conflict between conservation and animal welfare ñ have captured the attention of peers, the general public, and governments around the world.

John was fictionalized as the main character in Nevada Barr’s Winter Study, a novel based on his winter field research, that appeared in the top-ten of the New York Best-Sellers list for hard-cover fiction. When not working he is either sailing or thinking about sailing.


Using science for advocacy.
Asking the simplest question? Is there a good reason to kill?

Combination of conservation biological and wildlife ethics.


Science and democracy. Every citizen has a stake in relating to nature.
There are many ways to relate to wildlife.

A contest with the aim of killing predators?

Making a connection with nature.

Respecting the value of all creatures.

An ecosystem is a community.
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