Dr. Craighead is a field ecologist, population geneticist, and GIS technician with several years of experience in conservation planning. His current research interests focus on aspects of conservation planning based upon focal or umbrella species: population and metapopulation persistence, gene flow, habitat connectivity, core habitat, and protected areas. Lance co-edited the book "Conservation Planning: Shaping the Future" which was published in February 2013. Lance has published numerous scientific papers, completed three book chapters, and published one popular book: "Bears of the World".  Lance was the Executive Director of the Craighead Institute from 1994 to 2014 when Bob Inman replaced him. He focuses his time developing and coordinating research, building partnerships, and fundraising. After graduating from Carleton College in 1969, Lance went to work for the Peace Corps in Fiji and Samoa. He then received his M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied seabirds in the Pribilof Islands of Alaska. After 10 years living in Alaska, Lance completed a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Montana State University studying grizzly bear genetics in the Alaskan arctic. He is currently a Research Affiliate Professor in the  Ecology Department at MSU, and a member of  IUCN World Committee on Protected Areas, Society for Conservation Biology, and Society for Conservation GIS.