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Kjell Danell: Distinguished Moose Biologist--2011 recipient.


The Distinguished Moose Biologist Award was presented to Professor Kjell Danell at the 46th North American Moose Conference and Workshop held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, May 23-26, 2011 in recognition of his many contributions to our understanding of moose biology and management. Professor Danell is Senior Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies at the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.

Kjell graduated from Umea University in northern Sweden with a Master of Science comprised of botany, chemistry, zoology, and environment protection in 1971. Although Kjell received formal qualifications as a teacher after his M.Sc. Degree, he instead moved into research and became a graduate student. He graduated with a PhD in animal ecology with research focused on the ecology of the American muskrat that was an introduced species in Sweden.

Afterward, Kjell's research quickly diversified and moose research and management became his primary interest. With the rapidly increasing number of moose in Sweden that peaked at ~500,000 in the 1980s, moose became of major societal interest and importance, both pro and con. This unique ungulate population required intensified management with issues such as hunting practices, forest damage, and traffic accidents of critical importance in Sweden, an extensive field of research that Kjell embraced. His contributions to international moose research and management have been extensive, with numerous publications, students, and outreach activity marking his distinguished career. Kjell was employed as Professor in Animal Ecology in 1988, and is currently renowned as one of the most distinguished wildlife researchers in Scandinavia.

Kjell has been a very productive researcher and writer, publishing well over 100 original research articles in more than 30 refereed international scientific journals including ALCES. Importantly, he also contributes substantially to the popular literature and agencies, producing >15 articles annually. He has edited a number ofbooks, and written book chapters and ~100 popular scientific papers in Swedish and/or English. His magnum opus is the book Vilt, manniska samhalle (English translation: "Wildlife, Human, Society") on adaptive management in Sweden that he recently edited with his long-time colleague and friend, Professor Roger Bergstrom. This book, in many ways, comprises what Kjell represents and believes in with regard to practical management and outreach; applied research that aims for sustainable resource management with broad societal acceptance.

Kjell has a discrete and sophisticated personality. His mind always moves in alternate ways, and his strategic approach is very result-oriented and determined. Yet, so many have enjoyed and savoured their productive and enlightening sit-downs with him to discuss matters from research and practical management, to strategic passages and purely private perspectives and reflections in his exhilarating academic world.

The North American Moose Conference and Workshop is proud to recognize a humble and productive researcher that has devoted most of his life to science in general, and moose research and management in particular, Professor Kjell Danell, the recipient of the Distinguished Moose Biologist Award in 2011.


An award was established by the North American Moose Conference and Workshop in 1981 to honour, and bring to the public's attention, the outstanding contribution of a particular individual, individuals, and/or organizations to moose management.

2011    Kjell Danell
        Swedish University for
        Agricultural Studies
        Uppsala, Sweden

2010    Michael W. Schrage
        Fond du Lac Resource Management
        Division, Cloquet, Minnesota.

2009    Kenneth N. Child,
        Prince George, British Columbia.

2007    Kris J. Hundertmark,
        University of Alaska Fairbanks,
        Fairbanks, Alaska.

2006    Kristine M. Rines,
        New Hampshire Fish and Game
        Department, New Hampton, New

2005    W.M. (Bill) Samuel,
        University of Alberta,
        Edmonton, Alberta.

2004    W. Eugene Mercer,
        Wildlife Division,
        St. John's, Newfoundland.

2003    Arthur R. Rodgers,
        Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources,
        Thunder Bay, Ontario.

2002    Bernt-Erik Saether,
        Norwegian University of Science and
        Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

2001    R. Terry Bowyer,
        University of Alaska,
        Fairbanks, Alaska.

2000    Gerry M. Lynch,
        Alberta Environmental Protection,
        Edmonton, Alberta.

1999    William J. Peterson,
        Minnesota Department of Natural
        Resources, Grand Marais, Minnesota.

1998    Peter A. Jordan,
        University of Minnesota,
        St. Paul, Minnesota.

1997    Margareta Steen,
        Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,
        Uppsala, Sweden.

1996    Vic Van Ballenberghe,
        U.S. Forest Service,
        Anchorage, Alaska.

1995    Not Presented

1994    James M. Peek,
        University of Idaho,
        Moscow, Idaho.

1993    Murray W. Lankester,
        Lakehead University,
        Thunder Bay, Ontario.

1992    Not presented

1991    Charles C. Schwartz,
        Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game,
        Soldotna, Alaska.

1990    Rolf Peterson,
        Michigan Technological University,
        Houghton, Michigan.

1989    Warren B. Ballard,
        Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game,
        Nome, Alaska.

1988    Vince F. J. Crichton,
        Manitoba Dept. of Natural Resources,
        Winnipeg Manitoba.
        Michel Crete,
        Ministere du Loisir, de la Chasse et de
        la Peche, Service de la faune terrestre,
        Quebec, PQ.

1987     W.C. (Bill) Gasaway,
         Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game,
         Fairbanks, Alaska.

1986     H.R. (Tim) Timmermann,
         Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources,
         Thunder Bay, Ontario.

1985     Ralph Ritcey,
         Fish and Wildlife Branch, Kamloops,
         British Columbia.

1984     Edmund Teller,
         Canadian Wildlife Service,
         Edmonton, Alberta.

1983     Albert W. Franzmann,
         Alaska Division of Fish and Game,
         Soldotna, Alaska.

 1982    A. (Tony) Bubenik,
         Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources,
         Maple, Ontario.

 1981    Patrick D. Karns,
         Minnesota Division of Fish and Wildlife,
         Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
         Al Elsey,
         Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources,
         Thunder Bay, Ontario.

In 1974, prior to the establishment of the Distinguished Moose Biologist Award, the group recognized the pioneering moose research of the late Laurits (Larry) Krefting, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with an individual award.


Guidelines for nominating individuals are as follows:

1. Published papers on moose in a variety of refereed journals, ([greater than or equal to] 10 in journals including ALCES), department documents published in their jurisdiction, and articles in popular outdoor magazines anal periodicals.

2. Involvement and participation in the North American Moose Conference and Workshop. (i.e., hosting a conference, participating in workshops, committees, raising innovative ideas, and donations of time and items to auctions).

3. Editing and reviewing papers submitted to ALCES--a major consideration.

4. Field experience as a manager and or researcher who has demonstrated an understanding of field management and research on moose.

5. Administrative experience and attainment of a level of responsibility in overall resource management with particular emphasis on moose.

6. Academic experience in attaining a level of education and subsequent sharing of this knowledge with the public, other peers, and administrators.

7. Time dedicated to moose management (i.e., # years involved).

8. Personal character. A subjective index based on an individual's interaction with his/her peers and others.

A person having the broadest involvement regarding the listed criteria would best qualify. Criteria #1 and 2 should out-weigh those of #3-8 by a ratio of about 2:1.


Nominations can be submitted by anyone before MARCH 15TH each year prior to the annual North American Moose Conference and Workshop.

Persons submitting nominations must show (in writing) how their candidate meets the criteria and why they believe the candidate deserves the award.

Upon receipt of one or more nominations, a Selection Committee consisting of all former recipients of the Distinguished Moose Biologist Award, who choose to participate in the selection process, will review submissions and reach a decision based on a simple majority of those voting. The award when presented will be announced at the annual North American Moose Conference and Workshop.

The recipient of the DMB Award is expected to attend the subsequent North American Moose Conference and Workshop and make a special "Distinguished Moose Biologist" presentation at the end of the conference. The local organizing committee and ALCES will contribute to the travel costs of the recipient (see ALCES website,, for details).

The Distinguished Moose Biologist Award should not be considered an annual award.

NOMINATIONS should be forwarded to:

Dr. Arthur R. Rodgers

Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

955 Oliver Road

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Canada P7B 5E1

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