Mark Elbroch is currently the Principal Investigator for the Garfield-Mesa Lion Project in western Colorado, a Co-PI on the Black-tailed deer-Mountain lion Project in northern California, and the new Project Leader for the Teton Cougar Project based in Kelly, Wyoming. Mark’s dissertation work at the University of California at Davis focused on the ecology of pumas in Chilean Patagonia, with special emphasis on their foraging ecology and their influence on endangered huemul deer.
In 2005, Mark was awarded a Senior Tracker Certificate in Kruger National Park, South Africa by CyberTracker Conservation, after successfully following lions across varied terrain. He is the Initial Evaluator for CyberTracker Tracker Evaluations in North America, where they have already been used to test observer reliability in wildlife research and as an educational tool by nonprofit organizations.
Mark is author and coauthor of a number of books on natural history, including two award-winning books on wildlife tracking, the American Society of Mammalogists endorsed Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species, and the new Peterson Reference Guide to the Behavior of North American Mammals. Mark has worked as a wildlife consultant across North America, specializing in field inventories, the identification of wildlife corridors, and in supporting capture efforts of diverse species. He continues to lead the occasional workshop, photograph wild creatures, track animals and travel widely.