Mateen is currently a wildlife biology technician in the ungulate ecology lab at the University of Montana, where his goal is to estimate elk occupancy outside of Banff National Park strictly through the use of remote cameras. He also leads the student chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers at the University of Montana.
“I am an enrolled tribal member of the Wyandotte Nation. I value my heritage and understand the importance of preserving cultures and traditions, especially natural resources and hunting. I am an engaged wildlife biology student who has immense interest in ecology research. I believe science-based management, traditional natural resource policy (from the Native American perspective), and restoring natural disturbance regimes is how fish, wildlife, and habitat should be managed. Furthermore, I recognize the importance of effective science communication to the public.
“There is a disconnect from scientists and general society that must be bridged if we wish to adapt to our changing world. I fully recognize the role hunting has in conservation both economically and ecologically and believe that the future of conservation is strongly correlated with maintaining and recruiting interest in hunting and angling. I value and cherish our public lands and think any proposal to sell them or compromise their ecological integrity is an attack on who we are as American citizens.”
Mateen is a member of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program.