Mardy Adolph

  • Adolph Murie was born in 1899 in Moorhead, Minnesota, ten years after his brother Olaus. In 1922, he joined Olaus in the Brooks Range of Alaska to study caribou; the experience inspired his life’s work. He spent the better part of thirty-two years working for the National Park Service, undertaking pioneering studies that were published in three books, The Wolves of Mount McKinley, The Ecology of the Coyote in Yellowstone, and The Grizzlies of Mount McKinley. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Park Service and the John Burroughs Medal. Like his brother, but contrary to current opinion at the time, Adolph’s approach to wildlife management took into account whole systems rather than focusing on single organisms. He believed that ‘life is richest where greatest diversity exists in the natural order.’

    –Carl Patrick Palmer, Teton Science School.