Shannon Barber-Meyer


Dr. Shannon Barber-Meyer is a Research Wildlife Biologist investigating wolves and their prey in the Superior National Forest (northeastern Minnesota). She has studied tigers in Asia, emperor penguins in Antarctica, and elk calves in Yellowstone National Park and helped reintroduce wolves into Isle Royale National Park and Mexican wolves into the southwestern United States. She is a member of the IUCN SSC Canid Specialist Group. Her current research examines numerous aspects of predators and their prey including behavior, survival, cause-specific mortality, reproduction, movements, population dynamics, genetics, and disease. Depending on research objectives, her fieldwork may include capture and handling of animals, radiotelemetry, ground and aerial surveys, camera trapping, non-invasive genetic surveys, and acoustic surveys.


  • Post-Doctoral Scholar (2007) – Emperor Penguin Population Monitoring, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • PhD (2006) – Wildlife Conservation major with Ecology, Evolution and Behavior minor, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • BS High Honors (1996) – Biology major with Chemistry and Math minors, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL

Professional Experience

  • 2016-present: Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Wolf-Deer Project, Ely, MN
  • 2011-2016: Wildlife Biologist, USGS Wolf-Deer Project, Ely, MN
  • 2010-2011: Field Science Graduate Faculty, Teton Science Schools, Kelly, WY
  • 2008-2010: Tiger Conservation Program Officer, World Wildlife Fund/TRAFFIC, Washington, D.C.
  • 2007-2008: Mexican Wolf Field Team Leader, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Alpine, AZ
  • 2006-2007: Postdoctoral emperor penguin population monitoring research, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • 2003-2005: PhD research on elk calf mortality in Yellowstone National Park, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN


  • USGS representative on the U.S. CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Interagency Coordination Committee (2018-present) 
  • Member of the IUCN SSG Canid Specialist Group (2015-present)
  • Wolf care member at the International Wolf Center (captive pups and adults, 2015-present)
  • Member of The Wildlife Society
  • Member of The Society for Marine Mammalogy
  • Member of The American Cetacean Society