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.

Recent Accomplishments


  • Ph D University of Massachusetts Amherst 1989


    Professional Studies/Experience


             ​​​​​​​Teaching Interests

    • Wildlife conservation and management
    • Human dimensions
    • Wildlife policy

    Professional societies/affiliations/committees/editorial boards

    Honors, awards, recognition, elected offices

    Scientific/Oral Presentations, Abstracts