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He earned a degree in wildlife management from the University of Idaho in 1975.
Steven Amstrup was born in Fargo, North Dakota, where he took an interest in bears at an early age. He attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate, receiving his bachelor's degree in forestry in 1972. In 1975, he graduated from the University of Idaho with a master's degree in wildlife management. He studied black bears in central Idaho for his master's thesis. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1995.
In 1975, he began working for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in Wyoming where he studied pronghorn antelope and sharp-tailed grouse. In 1980 he moved to Alaska where he took over the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's fledgling Polar Bear Research Project. In 1996 Amstrup's research position was transferred to the United States Geological Survey. During his 30-years in Alaska, he studied polar bear ecology, primarily in the Beaufort Sea. In 2007, Amstrup's team of scientists prepared nine reports leading to the 2008 listing, by United States Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, of polar bears as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. In 2010, he published an article in Nature finding that even if climate change led to complete melting of the polar ice packs, the ice could return if global temperatures subsequently cooled. He has taught at the University of Wyoming as an adjunct professor since 2006.
After retiring in 2010, Amstrup became the chief scientist for Polar Bears International. Having observed the effect of climate change on polar bears and their Arctic habitat during his career as a researcher, he now works as an advocate for polar bears and promotes climate change mitigation.
His contributions to polar bear conservation were honored in 2012, when the Indianapolis Zoo named him the winner of their biennial Indianapolis Prize. Later the same year, he was presented with an Our Earth Bambi Award in Düsseldorf.
Steven married Virginia Amstrup, who is also an environmental enthusiast.
Currently, Steven Amstrup is 72 years, 6 months and 4 days old. Steven Amstrup will celebrate 73rd birthday on a Saturday 4th of February 2023. Below we countdown to Steven Amstrup upcoming birthday.