Patrick Lendrum

Senior Science Specialist, Northern Great Plains

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Patrick Lendrum is the Senior Science Specialist for WWF’s Northern Great Plains (NGP) Program. He leads the development of science priorities for the program, implementing projects to answer key scientific questions that address the loss of native grasslands and the impacts that these losses may have on the wildlife and human communities that depend on them. Patrick also oversees the measurement of progress toward the NGP Program’s conservation goals and partnerships with a variety of stakeholders in order to develop shared conservation solutions.

Prior to joining WWF Patrick earned his M.S. and Ph.D. examining the effects of human-caused land use change on wildlife communities and ways to minimize disturbance while promoting sustainable development. He has worked across the western US in a variety of habitats spanning costal rainforests to prairie grasslands, with species ranging from insects to grizzly bears. Patrick has partnered with State, Federal, Private, and NGO entities to build large-scale collaborations in diverse working landscapes. The research Patrick has been involved with has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, BBC documentaries, and published in numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles. He is thrilled to now be conducting applied science that contributes towards WWF’s mission of a securing a future that meets the needs of humans and nature.

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Senior Science Specialist


  • B.S. Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University
  • M.S. Biology, Idaho State University
  • Ph.D. Conservation Biology, Colorado State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Wildlife resource use
  • Human land use change
  • Animal behavior
  • Grassland ecology
  • Project development