Melanie Michaels she/her/hers

Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator

Melanie Michaels
Office:Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
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Earned and Honorary Degrees

BS Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Northland College


During my time as a student at Northland, wolves were an important part of experience. I chose Northland because of the opportunity to be a part of the Wolf Tracking Team.

In my freshman year, I was offered the position of Timber Wolf Alliance student employee. I spent three years working for TWA and learning how to inspire people to care about wolves.

After college I worked as a seasonal bat biologist for three years, but I realized my true passion was for conservation education.

I continued my journey at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minnesota, as an educator where I spent ten years sharing my passion for conserving wildlife.

I am excited to return to TWA to bring what I have learned about conservation education to help TWA’s mission to promote human co-existence with wolves.

Why Northland?

I love the community feel that Northland gives. Having the opportunity to get to know students, faculty, and other staff allows for a great environment for collaboration.


I enjoy hiking the North Country Trail, kayaking, and swimming in the many lakes around Iron River. I also spend a lot of time building vegetable and pollinator gardens in my backyard.