ABOUT THE ARTIST
John Eveland is both a photographer and ecologist, and as such has blended a profession of art and science. He is an author and popular lecturer, and has been the focus of several major film and television programs and newspaper magazine-section documentaries, including a PBS television documentary on his life as a scientist, artist, and visionary.
As a biologist at Penn State, John conducted the first statewide scientific bear research program ever to be conducted in Pennsylvania. He wrote the states first bear management plan, which still remains in effect. The plan included: (1) the closing of the state wide bear hunting season in the early 1970's; (2) permanently reducing the length of the bear hunting season from 1 week to 1 - 3 days only; (3) maintaining the hunting season in the beginning of the week of Thanksgiving; (4) requiring the issuance of permits to bear hunters (5) creating statewide bear management zones; (6) developing aging techniques for bears, including the laboratory method for annular-sectioning of teeth and the extraction of premolar teeth for this purpose; (7) creating a system of statewide bear season check stations. As a result, the states bear population has grown from less than 2,000 bears in the 1970's to a current high of over 11,000. Today Pennsylvania prides itself in having one of the nation's most flourishing black bear populations as a result of John's research and management plan, which was fully in place and in operation when John left the bear project to conduct the state's first research on Pennsylvania's elk herd.
Therefore In addition, he conducted the first scientific investigations of Pennsylvanias elk herd, discovering the nationally-significant brainworm disease relationship in the herd, and writing the states first elk management plan -- seeing the herd increase from a low of only 35 elk to a current high of over 600. Recently John designed a 600 square mile four-county Eastern Elk Heritage Park in the north central Pennsylvania area that is occupied by the herd. The Park will feature a 600 acre visitor center including exhibits, gift shop, and cafeteria, education and science institute for wildlife research and for environmental education of families and school children; lodge, cabins, and campground facilities; elk recovery compound; elk driving tours and hiking trails and vistas for observing elk throughout the four-county area. (For more information visit the Terra Cor Connection link).
At Westinghouse, John conducted and directed scientific research on ecology, environmental systems, and energy development throughout North America -- from the northern hardwood forests and rocky coasts of New England to the pine forests of the Carolinas and Louisiana; and from southwest deserts and Rocky Mountains to the boreal forests of Canada and Alaska. John headed the environmental studies on some of Americas largest energy development projects such as fossil fuel, nuclear, geothermal, and solar power generating stations; coal and uranium mines; energy transport systems; and the long-term impacts (biological, air, water, and soil) of fossil fuel emissions. He is a specialist on endangered species and critical habitats throughout North America.
John has conducted studies on energy and the environment in 31 states and provinces, was asked to serve on the energy and environment council in Pennsylvania for a former state governor, and served on the state wildlife planning council. John is considered to be one of America's leading scientists regarding our natural environment, ecology, wildlife biology, and the relationships of energy and the environment.
As an Artist