Jordyn O'Gara

Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator

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Office:Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute 207
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Telephone:715-682-1489

Biography

Earned and Honorary Degrees

BS in Natural Resources with a double emphasis on Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology and Ecological Restoration. Received at Northland College

MEd in Environmental Education at University of Minnesota – Duluth (in progress)

Background

I graduated from Northland in 2018. In between my schooling, I completed internships with the International Wolf Center and Wild Instincts Wildlife Rehabilitation Center honing my skills as a future wildlife biologist.

After graduation, I accepted a fellowship with Timber Wolf Alliance taking on the responsibility of being their new coordinator. In my free time, I continue to work on publishing canid research; I have recently published an article titled “Efficacy of Acoustic Triangulation for Gray Wolves” in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.

I am currently enrolled in the Environmental Education Master’s program at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Through my work in wildlife research, I have discovered a rather large gap between the research done on wildlife and education and interpretation to the public. I am working to bridge that gap for wildlife in the Great Lakes region, more specifically gray wolves (Canis lupus).

Why Northland?

As a student at Northland, I loved the community and the outdoor activities! Northland allowed me many opportunities to meet amazing people in my field and expand my resume in a way that you commonly cannot do at other universities. When I was offered a position with the Timber Wolf Alliance that allowed me to stay in the area I could not pass up the opportunity. While I have moved to Duluth for grad school, I still love Northland and northern Wisconsin!

Student Involvement

Being an alumna, I know of many organizations within the Northland community that want to get involved with the wolf conservation world but don't always know-how. I work with the Natural Resources Department and the Wildlife Society Chapter on campus to get students more actively involved. I also hire a work-study student every academic year to assist me in my wolf education efforts.