Michael Procko

Hello, my name is Michael!

Here, you’ll find a brief summary of who I am (below), as well as tabs above to showcase my CV, deliverables from projects I’ve worked on, and information regarding my experiences in education.

If you’re interested in collaborating on anything wildlife-related, or have an interest in wildlife/recreation/park management, I encourage you to reach out! I’m always looking for new connections and would be happy to talk with some new faces about virtually anything. You can reach me at xprockox@gmail.com, or through any of the social media tags included above.

Who am I?

I acquired my Bachelor’s in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (minor in Philosophy) from the University of Colorado, graduating magna cum laude after defending an honor’s thesis regarding wolf management in Yellowstone National Park. During my degree, I also worked as a field technician, performing post-fire forest regeneration surveys in eastern Oregon, and following my graduation, I worked with Colorado Parks and Wildlife on a cougar and mule deer collaring project.


Now, I’m a Research Scientist with the Prugh Lab at the University of Washington, working with Washington Dept. of Natural Resources and the Tulalip Tribes to understand how recreation impacts elk in the North Cascades. Additional prior experiences of mine include teaching and curriculum design at the university level, supervising and managing multiple long-term projects, and extensive collaboration across multiple agencies. You can read more about my background in my CV.

Soon after volunteering with CPW, I obtained my MSc with the Wildlife Coexistence Lab at the University of British Columbia. During this, I oversaw a camera trap project aimed at understanding wildlife displacement by recreation. My responsibilities in this role included deploying and maintaining sixty cameras in a provincial park, supervising assistants in the field, managing/analyzing all data collected from the cameras, and write-ups (both technical reports and scientific publications).