Douglas H. Chadwick (born 1948) is an American wildlife biologist, author, photographer and frequentNational Geographic (magazine) contributor. He is a past officer and member of the board of The Vital Ground Foundation, and chairman of that organization’s Lands Committee, responsible for choosing acquisition properties as part of the Yellowstone to Yukon wildlife corridor system. Chadwick is also a director of the Gobi Bear Fund, part of the Gobi Bear Initiative, which attempts to restore population of this most endangered of all the yellow bears.
Chadwick’s affiliation with National Geographic spans more than thirty-five years and more than fifty articles from the first in 1977 up to assignments in 2013 for articles on cougars, wolverines and Gobi bears.
Chadwick’s research involves multi-year projects of extended close observation in species habitat, trapping, radio collar tracking, mapping, and studies of community relationships. In this manner, he has studied wolverines in the northwestern U.S. and Canada, mountain goats and grizzlies in the Rockies, and elephants in Africa.
In 2006, Chadwick began what would become a five-year participation in the Glacier Wolverine Project, to follow a small set of wolverines as they traveled over their extensive habitat centered on and around Glacier National Park (U.S.). This study was the subject of Chadwick’s book, The Wolverine Way,and the PBS/Nature documentary “Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom” Chadwick played a major on-screen role in the Nature documentary. The Glacier Wolverine Project was conducted by the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula, Montana, under the leadership of principal investigator, Jeffrey Copeland.
Doug Chadwick graciously allowed Ricardo to use the title “The Wolverine Way” as a theme for his work in this project, and was unable to do an interview at this time due to his busy schedule, but Ricardo wanted to provide a link to his important work and book, so we are pleased to present it and support his work with study and protection of these large predators around the world.
His book, The Wolverine Way, is available through Patagonia Press here: