Recognizing her dedicated elk research spanning three decades and her long-standing support, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation honored Evelyn Merrill as its Excellence in Elk Country–Wildlife Researcher/Biologist. The presentation took place at the 12th Western States and Provinces Deer and Elk Workshop in Sun Valley, Idaho, in May of 2017.
The award recognizes an individual scientist or wildlife biologist whose career demonstrated desire and dedication to benefit the scientific management of elk or elk habitat, in addition to a desire and dedication to go above and beyond the normal course of duty as demonstrated by publications, participation in professional organizations and symposiums, recognitions and awards and other activities.
Merrill’s first research project with RMEF ties took place in 1985 when she was a graduate student at the University of Washington. It was a comprehensive study of the behavior and health of elk inhabiting the northwest portion of the Mount Saint Helens blast zone as well as adjacent forest lands. Since then, she took part in subsequent research projects in Washington, Idaho and Canada.
Merrill authored or co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed journal publications. She also served as editor in chief of The Wildlife Society’s “Journal of Wildlife Management” from 2013 to 2015. Currently, she is a professor at the University of Alberta. Merrill is also a long-time RMEF life member.
Evelyn Merrill contributed greatly to the science of wildlife management, mentored numerous students who have also made their mark in wildlife research and continues with an envious passion.
RMEF is proud to recognize and honor to Evelyn Merrill.