Authors and Contributors

Fran Mauer - Essayist

Fran Mauer

Fran Mauer moved to Alaska more than thirty years ago to attend graduate school at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, where he earned a master of science degree in zoology in 1974. He began his career which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an entry-level wildlife biologist. From 1976 to 1980, he worked as staff biologist with the proposed Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, which ultimately established new national parks, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, and wild rivers in Alaska. After twenty-one years as the wildlife biologist on staff of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, he retired in 2002. Mauer’s fieldwork in the Arctic Refuge focused on study and management of the Porcupine caribou herd, Dall sheep, moose, wolverines, golden eagles, and peregrine falcons. He has provided information to numerous media sources on the issue of proposed oil development in the Arctic Refuge, and has frequently spoken to the irreplaceable values that are at stake.

Fran Mauer contributed "Our Geography of Hope" to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land (Braided River, 2003) and "Hunters of the Arctic Sky" to Arctic Wings: Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Braided River, 2006).