John Organ, Ph.D.
John F. Organ is the Chief of the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units. He was Chief of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration for the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 2005 to 2014, and worked in the FWS’s Ecological Services and National Wildlife Refuge programs during his 35 year career.
John also is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Michigan State University, and Andres Bello University in Santiago, Chile. He is a certified Wildlife Biologist and Past President and Fellow of The Wildlife Society. He is also a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club and a Senior Specialist in the Fulbright Scholar Program. He is a member of the IUCN Otter Specialist and Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Groups, and an instructor and Advisory Board member of the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow Program. He is also a consultant to the Peru Forest Sector Initiative where he is assisting the Peruvian government in training biologists and developing wildlife regulations. He advises M.S. and Ph.D. students studying carnivores and human dimensions in Africa, Canada, Chile, and the U.S. and teaches graduate courses in Wildlife Management and Conservation and Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation.
Only John's five most recent publications are shown here. For more information about John, including a full publications list, visit his profile page on the Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters web site.
- Ph D University of Massachusetts Amherst 1989
- Mammal conservation
- Human Dimensions
- Wildlife Policy
- Wildlife conservation and management
- Human dimensions
- Wildlife policy
Science and Products
Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units program—2018 year in review
The Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units (CRU) program had an interesting and challenging year in 2018. We made significant strategic advances on many fronts and had setbacks in others.Our relationship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency we belonged to from 1935 to the mid-1990s, was further reinforced through strategic...Organ, John F.; Thompson, John D.; Childs, Dawn E.; Dennerline, Donald E.
Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units program—2018 year in review postcard
This postcard provides details about the "Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program—2018 Year in Review," U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1452, now available at https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1452. In this report, you will find details about the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units (CRU) program relating to its background, fish and...Organ, John F.; Thompson, John D.; Childs, Dawn; Dennerline, Donald E.
Artelle et al. (2018) miss the science underlying North American wildlife management
Artelle et al. (2018) conclude that “hallmarks of science” are largely missing from North American wildlife management based on a desk review of selected hunting management plans and related documents found through Internet searches and email requests to state and provincial wildlife agencies. We highlight three fundamental problems that...Mawdsley, Jonathan R.; Organ, John F.; Decker, Daniel J.; Forstchen, Ann; Regan, Ronald J.; Riley, Shawn J.; Boyce, Mark S.; Mcdonald, John E.; Dwyer, Chris; Mahoney, Shane P.
Wildlife management is science based: Myth or reality?
In the January/February issue of The Wildlife Professional, a group of wildlife leaders discussed what they considered "myths" in wildlife management and invited other wildlife professionals to contribute their favorites. Here, five wildlife professionals take up that theme with their discussions of the scientific basis of wildlife management.Decker, Daniel J.; Organ, John F.; Forstchen, Ann; Schiavone, Michael V.; Fuller, Angela K.
Spatiotemporal heterogeneity in prey abundance and vulnerability shapes the foraging tactics of an omnivore
Prey abundance and prey vulnerability vary across space and time, but we know little about how they mediate predator–prey interactions and predator foraging tactics. To evaluate the interplay between prey abundance, prey vulnerability and predator space use, we examined patterns of black bear (Ursus americanus) predation of caribou (Rangifer...Rayl, Nathaniel D.; Bastille-Rousseau, Guillaume; Organ, John F.; Mumma, Matthew; Mahoney, Shane P.; Soulliere, Colleen; Lewis, Keith; Otto, Robert; Murray, Dennis; Waits, Lisette; Fuller, Todd
History of state wildlife management in the United States
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Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program—2017 year in review
The Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program was involved in a number of notable events during 2017, many concerning our personnel. Dr. Barry Grand left his position as Leader of the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to become the Cooperative Units Program Supervisor for the South, replacing Dr. Kevin Whalen who took...Organ, John F.; Thompson, John D.; Dennerline, Donald E.; Childs, Dawn E.
Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program—2017 year in review postcard
This postcard provides details about the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program—2017 Year in Review, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1438, now available at https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1438. In this report, you will find details about the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units (CRU) Program relating to its background, fish and...Organ, John F.; Thompson, John D.; Dennerline, Donald E. ; Childs, Dawn E.
Wild-harvested venison yields and sharing by Michigan deer hunters
An increased societal focus on wildlife as food and recent policy deliberations regarding legal markets for wild-harvested meat are encouraging wildlife managers and researchers to examine the amount, use, and distribution of meat yielded through recreational hunting. We used responses to questions on the Michigan Deer Harvest Study to estimate...Goguen, Amber D.; Riley, Shawn J.; Organ, John F.; Rudolph, Brent A.
Wildlife governance in the 21st century—Will sustainable use endure?
In light of the trajectory of wildlife governance in the United States, the future of sustainable use of wildlife is a topic of substantial interest in the wildlife conservation community. We examine sustainable-use principles with respect to “good governance” considerations and public trust administration principles to assess how sustainable use...Decker, Daniel J.; Organ, John F.; Forstchen, Ann; Jacobson, Cynthia A.; Siemer, William F.; Smith, Christian A.; Lederle, Patrick E.; Schiavone, Michael V.
Examining spatial patterns of selection and use for an altered predator guild
Anthropogenic disturbances have altered species’ distributions potentially impacting interspecific interactions. Interference competition is when one species denies a competing species access to a resource. One mechanism of interference competition is aggression, which can result in altered space-use of a subordinate species due to the threat...Organ, John F.; Mumma, Matthew; Holbrook, Joseph D.; Rayl, Nathaniel D.; Zieminski, Christopher J.; Fuller, Todd K.; Mahoney, Shane P.; Waits, Lisette P.
The growth of sport shooting participation: What does this trend mean for conservation revenue?
Enacted in 1937, the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act – more commonly known as the Pittman-Robertson Act – is one of the oldest and most reliable sources of funding for wildlife conservation in the United States. The result of organized support form sportsmen, fish and wildlife agencies, firearms manufacturers, conservation organizations,...Duda, Mark D.; Beppler, Tom; Organ, John F.