Dr. Michael Anderson

Emeritus Scientist
Ducks Unlimited Canada

Mike is Emeritus Scientist for Ducks Unlimited Canada after serving 23 years, recently as Senior Conservation Advisor, and earlier as Director (and co-founder) of DUC’s Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research. Previously Mike spent 18 years at the Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station, last serving there as Scientific Director. 

Mike grew up in Fort Ransom, ND. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife biology from Colorado State University and Utah State University, respectively, and a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and behavior from the University of Minnesota. He has been involved in waterfowl research, primarily on the Canadian prairies, since 1972.  His two largest projects were a long-term study of Canvasback ecology, behavior and demography (1975-1990) and the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture assessment study (1991-2000).

Mike has been deeply involved in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan since 1986, mostly with scientific and strategic matters. He retired from the international Plan Committee in 2018. Mike continues to collaborate on scientific projects, write, and consult on various conservation initiatives.