Michael Chase

Blogger Profile: Michael Chase

Mike Chase, Ph.D., has been studying the ecology of elephants in Botswana for nearly ten years, and in 2007 was the first Mostwana to read for a doctorate specifically in elephant ecology. Much of his childhood was spent in the bush accompanying his father on safaris. Eager to conserve Africa’s wildlife and wild places, Michael embarked on an academic career in conservation ecology. After earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Natal, he returned home to Botswana, where he spent eight years with Conservation International working to conserve the Okavango Delta and its rich wildlife. It was his passion for elephants which, in 2001, ultimately led him to start an ambitious study on the ecology and movements of elephants. He received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in natural resources and wildlife conservation. Mike has provided new data on the status of elephants and has published his work in scientific journals, magazines, and news articles. At present, he is a Conservation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.
The Ebb and Flow of Thirsty Giants

The Ebb and Flow of Thirsty Giants

One of my favorite places in Botswana is the Savuti Channel, located in the heart of Chobe National Park, not only because of its unpredictable water flow, but because it is an intermittent elephant refuge.   read more