Lance Craighead

MS’77, Wildlife Ecology

Craighead is a third-generation naturalist who serves as president of the Craighead Environmental Research Institute, a nonprofit conservation and wildlife research organization founded by his father. CERI works to show people that they can coexist with wild ecosystems by building scientifically grounded, site-specific conservation plans in partnership with local stakeholders. Although Craighead has worked with myriad creatures during his career, including marine life in Fiji and Western Samoa, tigers in Nepal and sea birds in Alaska, he fell in love with the grizzly bear while pursuing his Ph.D. These giants inspired him to write a popular book on the bears of the world.