Peter Metcalf


Peter is a conservation social scientist currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Montana. His research interests center around the human dimensions and natural resource policy aspects of wildlife management, public lands management, and ecological restoration.  For his dissertation, he is investigating what factors shape intergovernmental cooperation and decision making in the implementation of an adaptive management plan for Yellowstone-area bison. Originally form the great state of Oregon, Peter moved to Montana after college to guide backpacking trips around the Bob Marshall Wilderness and never looked back. His love for sharing wild places with others led him to work as a commercial whitewater river guide, first in Alaska and then in Montana and Idaho. After finishing a master’s in Environmental Studies, also from the University of Montana, he taught environmental field courses in Montana and Central America and worked as the operations manager for ROW Adventures in Idaho. He joined WRFI in 2014 and has taught Restoration Ecology in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Environmental Ethics, and on the Summer Semester. In his free time, he enjoys recreating on public lands, particularly trail running, telemark skiing, fly fishing, paddling wild rivers, or hunting big game. He is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.