Michael C. Runge is a research ecologist with the United States Geological Survey’s Eastern Ecological Science Center, where he was worked since 1999. His research focuses on the use of decision theory, quantitative analysis, and predictive modeling to inform wildlife and public health management. He has worked on projects with migratory birds, National Wildlife Refuges, endangered species, marine mammals, and SARS-CoV-2.
He was co-chair of the Polar Bear Recovery Team, work for which he received the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 Recovery Champion Award. He co-designed the decision science curriculum for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center. Mike received a B.A. in biology and philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Arts in Teaching in biology from Spalding University, and a Ph.D. in wildlife science from Cornell University. He spent a sabbatical year at the University of Melbourne in 2009-2010. With his wife and two kids, he has climbed all 46 of the high peaks in the Adirondacks.