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Breiter was born in 1964 in Heidelberg, Germany and developed a keen interest in nature at an early age. His passion for wild places and an emerging desire to travel the far corners of the world and explore the unknown brought him to China, and after graduation from high school, to Alaska.

Upon returning to Germany in 1983, Breiter studied biology at the University of Heidelberg. After finishing undergraduate work he received a one-year scholarship from the University of Massachusetts to attend graduate school at Amherst where he spent six months working on an independent study project in Glacier National Park in Montana.

He returned to Germany in 1989 and received his Masters Degree in Biology from the University of Heidelberg. Although he had an oppurtunity to enter the Ph.D. program, he decided to put a university career on hold to focus on photographing and filming natural history subjects and to employ his acquired knowledge in the writing of natural history guidebooks, wildlife monographs and film scripts.

He wrote a German language natural history guide to Alaska's Denali National Park & Preserve, which was produced in co-operation with the United States National Park Service. In 1992/1993, he spent 8 months in Northern Australia to work on a natural history and cultural heritage guide to Kakadu National Park.

His two most recent books are a natural history guide to Western Canada and Alaska which has been translated into several languages, and "The Bears of Katmai", that was published in German and English. His newest book, "Bears: A Year in the Life", was published in 2005.

In the year 2000, Breiter returned to his biological roots to conduct research into the behavioral ecology of bears, particularly into the role of aggression in bear behavior. The results of this study will be incorporated into a doctoral thesis defended at the Zoological Institute at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
Fall colors along creek, Laurentian Mountains, La Mauricie National Park, Quebec, Canada
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00559530 Fall colors along creek, Laurentian Mountains, La Mauricie National Park, Quebec, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Northern lights or aurora borealis over boreal forest, North America  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600972 Northern lights or aurora borealis over boreal forest, North America© Matthias Breiter
Creek in temperate rainforest along Eyak Lake, Cordova, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600163 Creek in temperate rainforest along Eyak Lake, Cordova, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother with cub in snow, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600186 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother with cub in snow, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) on snow drift in arctic tundra, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600947 Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) on snow drift in arctic tundra, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) in the snow, Kalispell, Montana  -  Matthias Breiter
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00601034 Bobcat (Lynx rufus) in the snow, Kalispell, Montana© Matthias Breiter
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in a field of fireweed, Hudson Bay, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00437061 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in a field of fireweed, Hudson Bay, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) pair interacting, Noonamah, Northern Territory, Australia  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600703 Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) pair interacting, Noonamah, Northern Territory, Australia© Matthias Breiter
Sun setting behind mountains, Lynn Canal, Juneau, Alaska
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00559486 Sun setting behind mountains, Lynn Canal, Juneau, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Katmai National Park, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00478255 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Katmai National Park, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) male, Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada
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00559497 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) male, Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Forest in autumn, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
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00559532 Forest in autumn, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada© Matthias Breiter
American Bison (Bison bison) herd grazing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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00559567 American Bison (Bison bison) herd grazing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming© Matthias Breiter
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) cub in forest in fall, Katmai National Park, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600016 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) cub in forest in fall, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) male portrait, Round Island, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600050 Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) male portrait, Round Island, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) two males sparring, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600124 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) two males sparring, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) young female looking for fish, Katmai National Park, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600804 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) young female looking for fish, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) on branch, Noonamah, Northern Territory, Australia  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600705 Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) on branch, Noonamah, Northern Territory, Australia© Matthias Breiter
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) in the snow, Kalispell, Montana  -  Matthias Breiter
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00601043 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) in the snow, Kalispell, Montana© Matthias Breiter
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) walking in the snow, bobbed tail visible, Kalispell, Montana  -  Matthias Breiter
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00601046 Bobcat (Lynx rufus) walking in the snow, bobbed tail visible, Kalispell, Montana© Matthias Breiter
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) trio of three month old cubs and mother among white spruce, cubs playing and climbing on mother, vulnerable, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00601009 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) trio of three month old cubs and mother among white spruce, cubs playing and climbing on mother, vulnerable, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) female with her two spring cubs watching another bear attentively, Katmai National Park, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600797 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) female with her two spring cubs watching another bear attentively, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) jumping from water to come ashore, Almirante Brown, Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica  -  Matthias Breiter
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00524407 Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) jumping from water to come ashore, Almirante Brown, Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica© Matthias Breiter
Arctic Hare (Lepus arcticus), Banks Island, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00428826 Arctic Hare (Lepus arcticus), Banks Island, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) resting in snow, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00524340 Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) resting in snow, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Common Loon (Gavia immer) swimming, Kenora, Ontario, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00524365 Common Loon (Gavia immer) swimming, Kenora, Ontario, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) landing, Kenora, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00437104 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) landing, Kenora, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) female with yearling cub, Katmai National Park, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00437128 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) female with yearling cub, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and three-month-old cubs, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00535884 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and three-month-old cubs, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Northern lights or aurora borealis over boreal forest, North America  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600905 Northern lights or aurora borealis over boreal forest, North America© Matthias Breiter
Storm clouds at sunrise above Torres del Paine as seens from Azul Lagoon, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile  -  Matthias Breiter
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00524450 Storm clouds at sunrise above Torres del Paine as seens from Azul Lagoon, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile© Matthias Breiter
Bee (Apidae) on Alpine Sunflower (Rydbergia grandiflora), British Columbia, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00478290 Bee (Apidae) on Alpine Sunflower (Rydbergia grandiflora), British Columbia, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Mossy branches in temperate rainforest, Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington
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00559477 Mossy branches in temperate rainforest, Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington© Matthias Breiter
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) flying, Lockport, Manitoba, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00478294 American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) flying, Lockport, Manitoba, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) yearling cub playing with an orange rubber buoy, Katmai National Park, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00478301 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) yearling cub playing with an orange rubber buoy, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) jumping, Montana  -  Matthias Breiter
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00478350 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) jumping, Montana© Matthias Breiter
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) sitting on sandbank, Katmai National Park, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00524288 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) sitting on sandbank, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Mount Kerkeslin and Athabaska River, Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00524293 Mount Kerkeslin and Athabaska River, Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) and Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile  -  Matthias Breiter
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00524644 Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) and Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile© Matthias Breiter
Black Bear (Ursus americanus) cub in tree safe from danger, Orr, Minnesota  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600871 Black Bear (Ursus americanus) cub in tree safe from danger, Orr, Minnesota© Matthias Breiter
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) resting splayed out on ice to cool off after playing, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600952 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) resting splayed out on ice to cool off after playing, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Northern lights or aurora borealis over illuminated tent, boreal forest, North America  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600969 Northern lights or aurora borealis over illuminated tent, boreal forest, North America© Matthias Breiter
Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) ram portrait on rock outcrop, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600021 Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) ram portrait on rock outcrop, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) stalking in the snow, Kalispell, Montana  -  Matthias Breiter
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00601045 Bobcat (Lynx rufus) stalking in the snow, Kalispell, Montana© Matthias Breiter
Aurora borealis over igloo, Hudson Bay, northern Manitoba, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00428900 Aurora borealis over igloo, Hudson Bay, northern Manitoba, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) female, Banks Island, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00428911 Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) female, Banks Island, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata), Pribilof Islands, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00428879 Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata), Pribilof Islands, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) pair taking flight from rock, Hudson Bay, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00437069 Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) pair taking flight from rock, Hudson Bay, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Northern lights or aurora borealis over frozen tundra and white spruce, boreal forest, North America  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600918 Northern lights or aurora borealis over frozen tundra and white spruce, boreal forest, North America© Matthias Breiter
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) in the snow, Kalispell, Montana  -  Matthias Breiter
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00601032 Bobcat (Lynx rufus) in the snow, Kalispell, Montana© Matthias Breiter
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