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About Patrick Mehlman

Patrick Mehlman continues to enjoy a reputation as a trusted authority in the fields of primatology, conservation, and animal behavior and care. Having spent more than 25 years as a researcher, academic, and director of programs for multiple conservation organizations,  Mehlman has made a significant impact advocating for the protection of animals and natural resources. As an expert on gorillas,  Patrick Mehlman has contributed to numerous studies,  such as “Western Lowland Gorilla Diet and Resource Availability: New Evidence, Cross-Site Comparisons, and Reflections on Indirect Sampling Methods.” Published by the American Journal of Primatology,  Patrick Mehlman’s co-written work provides important insights into the habits and patterns of a species that has been threatened by hunters, commercial deforestation, and disease. Additional primate studies by Mehlman that have been published in research journals have covered topics such as aggression and impulse control; nest construction; nighttime activities; and kinship, dominance, and the mating season. While dedicating his professional studies to gorillas and other primates, he has worked with well-known organizations such as the State University of New York, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and Conservation International. Moreover, as a scientist and principal investigator, Patrick Mehlman worked with Laboratory Animal Breeders & Services, Inc., and  the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health while publishing revolutionary primate research.

Currently working with Rare Conservation,  Patrick Mehlman continues to contribute to worldwide conservation efforts. Focusing on marine conservation and the preservation of watersheds and wetlands, he remains a highly valued member of Rare As  the Senior Director of Program Development. Rare  and  Mehlman are also working on many projects aimed at promoting fishing policies that approach natural resources in a more responsible manner while looking at the impact that current trends will have on the future.  Patrick Mehlman earned both his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts in Biological Anthropology from the University of Toronto. While conducting scientific research for his dissertation on the Barbary macaques of Morocco, he worked as a lecturer, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses for the Department of Anthropology at the
University of Toronto. Patrick Mehlman is a member of the American Society of Primatologists.


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