Scott Wilbor

National Geographic Staff

Wildlife conservationist and eco-guide Scott Wilbor, M.S., brings 14 years of Alaska wildlife research experience to National Geographic Expeditions.  Scott’s passion is for the deeply wild places of Alaska’s coastal, marine, riverine, montane, rainforest, and Arctic ecosystems, and particularly the astounding wildlife they support.  Scott started his 30-year plus conservation career studying Kodiak brown bears, coastal bald eagles, and alpine rough-legged hawks on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.  Seabird, shorebird, and marine mammal studies followed and were a large portion of his career, with research conducted again at Kodiak Island, Prince William Sound during the Exxon Valdez oil spill as well as post spill, Copper River Delta, and in Washington State within the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Scott spent many seasons in the field, including pursuing studies on anadromous and resident fish in Southeast Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago, Kodiak Island, and in Gates of the Arctic National Park, and for raptors and migratory birds in Interior Alaska and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and vicinity.

As a wildlife biologist for the National Park Service, Scott spent four years studying the Taiga merlin in Denali National Park, as well as assisting with golden eagle studies.  This first comprehensive research on the falcon’s reproductive ecology led to M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  He then led the zoology division for the Alaska Natural Heritage Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage for two years, before embarking on a decade plus career with Audubon as Arizona state coordinator/conservation biologist for its Important Bird Areas Program.  Scott enjoys nothing more than sharing his passion for nature with others who he hopes to inspire to protect our planet and its wild beings. Scott is also a remote sensing analyst working under contract for National Geographic Labs and as a biodiversity conservationist in Arizona.

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