Ludwig N. Carbyn

Ludwig N. Carbyn
Alma materUniversity of Alberta,
University of Toronto
Known forWolf ecology research and wildlife conservation
Scientific career
FieldsBiology, Ecology
InstitutionsCanadian Wildlife Service,
University of Alberta

Ludwig "Lu" Norbert Carbyn is an internationally recognized expert on wolf biology,[1][2] a research scientist emeritus at the Canadian Wildlife Service, and an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. He has studied wolf ecology and behaviour in Canada since 1970, including pioneering research into the ecological role of wolves as predators in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and great plains as well as the wolf-bison ecosystem of Wood Buffalo National Park. On a Canadian Wildlife Service assignment in Jasper National Park, he became the first human to study wild wolves from within a wolf pack using habituation, a method of gaining insights into the biology of wolves portrayed in fiction by Farley Mowat's popular book and film, Never Cry Wolf.[1]

Carbyn has conducted research on the ecology of various species of canids in Poland, Portugal, and throughout North America, and was the chairman of the successful Canadian Swift Fox Reintroduction program Recovery Team from 1989 to 1993.[3] He has published six books and numerous articles about wolves, including The Buffalo Wolf - Predators, Prey and the Politics of Nature (2003, Smithsonian Books) which was distinguished as "Best of the Year - Wildlife" in 2004 by the Canadian Geographic magazine.[4] In 2013, Carbyn received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to wildlife conservation in Canada.[5]



  1. ^ a b Holubitsky, J. (1999) "Dancing with wolves: The man who dared to go amid the pack". Edmonton Journal. 5 September 1999.
  2. ^ Mitchell, A. (1998) "Snowmobile hunt claims hundreds of wolves. Biologists worried about impact of subarctic slaughter." The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Ontario. 26 February 1998.
  3. ^ Fish and Wildlife Historical Society. (2005) Fish, Fur & Feathers: Fish and Wildlife Conservation in Alberta 1905-2005., p. 338. Federation of Alberta Naturalists, Edmonton. ISBN 0969613474.
  4. ^ Canadian Geographic. (2004) "Best of the year." Canadian Geographic, Ottawa, Ontario. 124(3): 127.
  5. ^ Government of Alberta. "Diamond Jubilee Medal" Archived 2013-09-25 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 22 February 2013.

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