Wildlife Professor Honored for Lifetime Achievement

Friday, November 1 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – Kerry Paul Reese, longtime professor of wildlife sciences in the College of Natural Resources, was honored this month for his lifetime achievement in wildlife management and his leadership in research.

Reese was named a Fellow of The Wildlife Society (TWS) at its annual conference in Milwaukee, Wis. Internationally, 10 professionals were inducted as fellows.

“It is an honor to be recognized for my work within wildlife management and research,” Reese said. “I have enjoyed a full career of working for the betterment of birds and the recovery of such species as the greater sage-grouse and Columbian sharp-tailed grouse.”

Reese’s work on sage and sharp-tailed grouse has had many implications for wildlife managers and has guided management efforts on these species in four states. His work on grouse habitat has provided vital information on what constitutes quality habitat for these species.

Reese has supervised more than 40 graduate students — including five doctoral candidates —that conducted fieldwork on prairie grouse and other wildlife species. He serves as department head of fish and wildlife sciences.

“Dr. Reese is a valued member of our team,” said Kurt Pregitzer, dean of the College of Natural Resources. “He is respected internationally for his research and leadership and our college and students benefit from his tremendous experience and dedication to sustainable management of our natural resources.”

He has served as a consultant on several sage grouse issues/projects and on state and national expert panels to assess risks of extinction for greater sage-grouse. Reese has also been extremely effective at placing research into a management context, both with publications and leadership on specific management issues.

A TWS member for 39 years, he has been active on many committees at all levels and served as president of the Idaho chapter. He has received many TWS awards and co-chaired a very successful symposium on grouse conservation and management at the 2012 TWS Annual Conference.

The Wildlife Society was founded in 1937 and is a non-profit scientific and educational association of over 10,000 professional wildlife biologists and managers, dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. Its mission is to represent and serve the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and its habitats worldwide.

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