Joe Kaplan has pursued a passion for natural history since childhood. Though interested in many aspects of avian ecology, the population dynamics of the common loon has occupied the lion's share of his attention for seventeen seasons. When not in the field, he can usually be found mending historic buildings, tending the garden, or organizing a grassroots effort to protect land somewhere in the Keweenaw Peninsula that he calls home. He can be reached at or 906.370.1231.

Keren Tischler first became involved in loon research in 1994 through the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College, where she received a BS in biology. She has since completed a master's degree in forest ecology at Michigan Tech, where she developed an interest in stable isotope technology. Although field-oriented research has taken her to such ecologically intriguing destinations as Madagascar, Mauritius and Hawaii, she maintains strong roots in loon study sites of the Upper Peninsula, especially Isle Royale National Park and the Ottawa National Forest. In her free time, she enjoys paddling, gardening, observing phenology and participating in community projects. Keren can be reached at or 906.487.9060.

Damon McCormick never anticipated that an adolescence spent in suburban Detroit would eventually lead him to the comparative wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, nor that a humanities education from the University of Michigan would function as the academic platform for his labor as a wildlife biologist. He never ceases to be grateful for both surprises. Having worked with loons since 1997, he has directed most of his energies toward efforts in the eastern and central UP. In addition to other CCRC pursuits, he is currently working on a book project involving the loons of Seney National Wildlife Refuge. He can be reached at or 906.202.0602.

Evan McDonald has a background in biology and ecology, with a BS from SUNY-Genesco and a PhD from Duke University. Having worked as a research scientist studying environmental impacts on forest ecosystems, he decided to focus his energies on land conservation and habitat restoration as the executive director of the Keweenaw Land Trust. The KLT, a nonprofit that works in community partnerships to advance conservation, stewardship and education programs in the western Upper Peninsula, is currently collaborating with CCRC in efforts to identify and protect important aquatic habitat in the region. Evan lives on an old farm in Hancock Township with his wife, Libby Meyer, and can be reached at

Rolf Peterson has devoted much of his professional life to the challenge of wild carnivore restoration, and particularly that of the gray wolf. His research has focused upon the ecology of the species and of its prey, and has provided a scientific foundation for political, social and ecological responses to carnivore recovery. Recently retired as a professor at Michigan Technological University, he still co-directs the world’s longest-running wildlife study – the Isle Royale wolf-moose project – and can be reached via

John A. Vucetich, an Assistant Professor at Michigan Technological University, is an ecologist who specializes in population biology. With Rolf Peterson, he co-leads research on the internationally-recognized wolves and moose of Isle Royale. John's field experiences have been intensive, and his publications include theoretical aspects of population biology and population genetics and the statistical modeling of ecological data. John has also served as a science or policy advisor for wolf and ungulate management issues in Alaska, Alberta, Ontario, Scandinavia, Mongolia, New Mexico, and Michigan. He can be reached at or via