Expert Details

Expert in Wildlife Management and Conservation Biology

Expert ID: 735853 North Carolina, USA

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I have over 30 years experience in the wildlife management and natural resources conservation. Professor of Wildlife Management and Piedmont Wildlife Ecology and Management.

Wildlife Extension Specialist

Write Research Grants and Conduct Wildlife Research on a variety of wildlife species (i.e., black bears, Northern bobwhite, white-tailed deer, Bachman's sparrows, river otters, Canada geese, coyotes, and others). Research topics include habitat use, population ecology and demographics, harvest vulnerability, influences on prescribed fire on habitat, wildlife distribution, immunocontracepton, predator-prey relationships, wildlife diseases and other topics.

I have served as an expert witness in an environmental and industry lawsuit.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Apex

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1998 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Biological Sciences and Wildlife Management Institution: South Dakota State University
Year: 1994 Degree: M.S. Subject: Biology Institution: Purdue University
Year: 1990 Degree: B.S. Subject: Pregraduate Biology and Chemistry Institution: Central Michigan University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2004 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Department: Forestry and Environmental Resources Responsibilities: Professor of Wildlife Management and Piedmont Wildlife Ecology and Management.

Wildlife Extension Specialist

Write Research Grants and Conduct Wildlife Research on a variety of wildlife species (i.e., black bears, Northern bobwhite, white-tailed deer, Bachman's sparrows, river otters, Canada geese, coyotes, and others). Research topics include habitat use, population ecology and demographics, harvest vulnerability, influences on prescribed fire on habitat, wildlife distribution, immunocontracepton, predator-prey relationships, wildlife diseases and other topics.
Years: 1999 to 2004 Employer: Minnesota Department of Natural Reources Title: Farmland Deer Project Leader and Research Scientist Department: Wildlife Responsibilities: Annually, conducted white-tailed deer population modeling for farmland Minnesota and actively disseminated model output to wildlife staff, members of the press, and public; developed a research program that evaluated the population dynamics, causes of mortality, and habitat use of adult, fawn, and neonate white-tailed deer in the farmland and transition zones of Minnesota; developed a research program that evaluates coyote mortality, movements, and search behavior at various scales during the white-tailed deer fawning season; actively raised funding for research projects from Minnesota sportsman; developed, coordinated, and implemented a statewide monitoring program for Chronic Wasting Disease in white-tailed deer; assisted and supervised the initiation of otter and elk research projects in farmland Minnesota

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1999 to 2004 Agency: MN DNR Role: Farmland Deer Project Leader/Research Scientist 2 Description: annually, conducted white-tailed deer population modeling for farmland Minnesota and actively disseminated model output to wildlife staff, members of the press, and public; developed a research program that evaluates the population dynamics, causes of mortality, and habitat use of adult, fawn, and neonate white-tailed deer in the farmland and transition zones of Minnesota; developed a research program that evaluates coyote mortality, movements, and search behavior at various scales during the white-tailed deer fawning season; actively raised funding for research projects from Minnesota sportsman; developed, coordinated, and implemented a statewide monitoring program for Chronic Wasting Disease in white-tailed deer; assisted and supervised the initiation of otter and elk research projects in farmland Minnesota

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2011 to 2013 Country / Region: Norway Summary: Contracted with the Research Council of Norway to evaluate research proposals
Years: 2011 to Present Country / Region: Sweden Summary: Conduct research in the US and Sweden in collaboration with SLU
Years: 2006 to 2012 Country / Region: Italy Summary: Coordinated the dual degree program with the University of Roma La Sapienza and student exchanges

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program (2006 – 2008)
- Member, Science and Technical Advisory Committee (2006 – 2008)
American Society of Mammalogists (1995 – 2014)
- Reviewer American Society of Mammalogists (1997 – present)
- American Society of Mammalogists Public Education Partnership (PEP) (1996 – 2012)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan (1986 – 1990)
Ducks Unlimited, Raleigh, North Carolina Chapter, Committee Member (2019 – present)
Environmental Medicine Consortium Faculty (2004 – present)
Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana (1991 – 1994)
Jack H. Berryman Institute, Scientific Advisory Panel (2005 – 2012)
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (1999 - 2004)
- 1837 Ceded Territory Wildlife Committee Member (1999 – 2004)
- 1837 Ceded Territory Wildlife Habitat Committee Member (1999 – 2004)
- Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Committee Member (2002 – 2003)
- Depredation Committee Member (1999 – 2001)
- Deer Committee Member (1999 – 2004)
o Chairperson, Licensing Subcommittee (2001 – 2003)
o Member Deer Hunter Survey Subcommittee (2002 – 2003)
o Chairperson, Communication Subcommittee (2003 – 2004)
o Chairperson, Alternative Deer Harvest Options Subcommittee (2003 – 2004)
o Chairperson, 2003 Zone 3 Evaluation Subcommittee (2003 – 2004)
o Member, Southeast Deer Survey Subcommittee (2003 – 2004)
o Chairperson, Quality Deer Management Policy Subcommittee (2004 – 2004)
Multi-State White-tailed Deer Research Committee (2000 – 2008)
- White-tailed Deer Demographics Subcommittee Member (2000 – 2008)
National Wild Turkey Federation (1996 – 1998)
- Black Hills Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (1996 – 1998), Rapid City, South Dakota
North Carolina Herpetological Society (2008 – present)
North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council (2008 – present)
North Carolina State University (2004 – present)
- Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty (2004 – 2010)
- Full Member of the Graduate Faculty (2010 – present)
- Bull Neck Swamp Committee Member (2004 - present)
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
o Crop Protection School Program Committee Member (2005 – present)
o Editorial Committee for the Agricultural Chemicals Manual (2005 – present)
o Horticulture Faculty Support Team, (2005 – 2011)
o Pesticide Minor Use and Registration Committee (2007 – present)
o Member, Values Audit Statement Team (2005 – 2010)
o North Carolina Agricultural Editorial Committee Member (2004 – present)
- College of Natural Resources
o Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
 Adjunct Faculty Committee (2017 – present)
 Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources Seminar Series (2005 – 2009)
 Extension and Engagement Group, Member (2005 – 2009)
 Fisheries and Wildlife Group, Chair (2005 – 2009)
 Abstract Selection Committee, Member (2008 – 2009)
 Department Advisory and Management Committee (2008 – 2010)
 EnvironMentors High School Student Research, Advisor (2006 – 2010)
 Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
• Biology Instructor Search Committee (2013)
• Conservation Biologist Search Committee (2005 – 2007)
• Curriculum Revision Committee (2006 – 2009)
• Executive Committee (2009 – present)
• Leopold Wildlife Club (student TWS club) Co-Advisor (2004 – 2005, 2009 - 2010)
• Leopold Wildlife Club (student TWS club) Advisor (2006 – 2009)
• Minor Development Ad-hoc Committee Member (2011 – 2012)
• Southeast Wildlife Student Conclave Co-Advisor (2004 – 2005, 2009 - 2010)
• Ph.D. Exam Subcommittee (2008)
• Southeast Wildlife Student Conclave Advisor (2007 – 2010)
• Co-organizer of the Wildlife Student Conclave hosted by NCSU (2012 – 2013)
 Adjunct Faculty Committee (2015 – present)
 Award Committee (2-17 – present)
 Graduate Committee (2005 – present)
 Graduate Curriculum Committee (2017 – present)
 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (2010 – present)
 Post-tenure Review Committee (Member 2013 – 2016, 2017 – 2019, Chair 2019 - present)
 Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee (2011 – 2012)
 Space Committee (2018 – present)
 Strategic Planning Working Group on Cross-College Research Collaboration (2013 – 2014)
 Senior Research Scientist, Biodiversity Research Lab, Mammal Population and Conservation Genetics Search Committee Member (2018 – present)
 Summer Camp Advisory Group, Co-Chair, (2015 – present)
 Teaching and Peer Review Committee (2005 – 2007)
 Web Content Committee (2005 – 2011)
 Wildlife/Extension Search Committee (2008 – 2010)
o Safety Committee (2008 - present)
Haywood Community College Internships/North Carolina State University Summer Camp
Scholarships Selection Committee (2006 – present)
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (1997 – 2000)
- Prairie Coteau Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (1997 – 1999) Brookings, South Dakota
- Chairperson, Ticket Sales Committee 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Annual Banquet and Auction (1997 – 1999)
- Member Program Committee 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Annual Banquet and Auction (1997 – 1999)
- Member Publicity Committee 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Annual Banquet and Auction (1997 – 1999)
- Member Sponsor Committee 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Annual Banquet and Auction (1997 – 1999)
- Member Merchandise Committee 3rd Annual Banquet and Auction (1997 – 1999)
Sigma Xi Full Membership (2005 – 2007)
South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota (1994 – 1999)
- Wildlife Graduate Student Representative (1997 – 1998)
Southern Forest Research Partnership, North Carolina State University
- Biodiversity Team Representative (2005 – 2012)
The Great Plains Natural Science Society (1997 – present)
- President-Elect (2003 – 2004, 2015 – 2017)
- President (2004 – 2006, 2017 - present)
- Past-President (2007– 2008)
- Chairperson, Audit Committee (2003 – 2004)
- Chairperson, Arrangements Committee (2003 – 2005)
- Chairperson, Program Committee (2003 – 2005)
- Associate Editor, Mammalogy, The Prairie Naturalist (2009 – 2016)
- Reviewer The Prairie Naturalist (1998 – present)
The Wildlife Society (1994 – present)
o Member, Honorary Membership and Special Recognition Committee (2004 – present)
o Public Conservation Education and Extension Working Group (2005 – present)
o Wildlife Damage Management Working Group (2004 – present)
o Wildlife Disease Working Group (2011 – present)
o Member 2011 Annual Meeting Ecology and Habitat Relationship Abstract Selection Committee (20 abstracts)
o Member 2012 Annual Meeting New Technology and Applications Abstract Selection Committee (13 abstracts)
o Member 2013 Annual Meeting Ecology and Conservation of Communities Ecosystems and Landscapes (11 abstracts)
o Moderator Wildlife Disease and Toxicology Contributed Paper Session (2014, 2019)
o Co-chair Educational Program Committee 2016 Annual Meeting, Raleigh, North Carolina
- Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society (1994 – 2006)
o Member 2003 Annual Meeting Modeling Session Abstract Selection Committee
(Program Committee)
- Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society (1999 – 2004)
o Member Farmland Committee (1999 – 2004)
- North Carolina Chapter of The Wildlife Society (2004 – present)
o Member, Program Committee (2006 – 2012)
o Executive Board At-Large Member (2007 – 2009)
o President-elect (2009 – 2010)
o President (2010 – 2011)
o Past-President (2011 – 2012)
o Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee (2009 – 2012)
o Member, Awards Committee (2013 – 2014)
o Chair, Awards Committee (2014 – present)
o Member, Fundraising Committee (2017 – 2019)
- North Central Section of The Wildlife Society (2000 – 2004)
o Reviewer The Journal of Wildlife Management (2000 – present)
- South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society (1994 – 2006)
o Co-Chairperson, Membership Committee (1996 – 1997)
o Chairperson, Membership Committee (1997 – 1998)
o Chairperson, Best Paper Awards Ad-hoc Committee (1997 – 1998)
o South Dakota State University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society (1994 – 1998)
- Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society (2004 – present)
o Chair, Wildlife Management Excellence Award Committee (2014 – present)
o Member, Ad-hoc Wildlife Publication Committee (2005 – 2010)
o Member, Publication Awards Committee (2008 – present)
o Member, Wildlife Management Excellence Award Committee (2009 – 2014)
o 2009 Annual Meeting Student Presentation Judge (2009)
o Wildlife Assistant Editor, Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (2010)
o Wildlife Associate Editor, Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (2011)
United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
- Beaver Management and Assistance Program Member (2004 – 2007)
- Wildlife Damage Control Agent Certification Training Program member (2004 – 2007)
- Wildlife Damage Control Agent Re-certification Program (2004 – 2007)
o Chair, Program Committee (2004 – 2006)
Wildlife Disease Association (2012 – present)
Whitetails Unlimited (1997 - 1998)
- Brown County Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited (1997 - 1998)
Licenses / Certifications
2009 - present United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency Drug Researcher License, United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency, Washington D.C.
2009 - present North Carolina Controlled Substance Registration Certificate, North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina
2002 Certified Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
1999 Associate Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

Professional Appointments
2014 – present Professor, North Carolina State University, College of Natural
Resources, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program, Raleigh, North Carolina.

2010 – 2014 Associate Professor, North Carolina State University, College of Natural
Resources, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program, Raleigh, North Carolina.

2004 - 2010 Assistant Professor/Extension Wildlife Specialist, North Carolina State University, College of Natural Resources, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Program, Raleigh, North Carolina.

2000 - 2004 Farmland Deer Project Leader/Research Scientist 2, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Farmland Wildlife Populations and Research, Madelia, Minnesota.

2000 - present Adjunct Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.

1999 - 2000 Deer Project Leader/Natural Resources Specialist, Senior Wildlife Research
Biologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Farmland Wildlife Populations and Research, Madelia, Minnesota.

1998 - 1999 Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.

1994 - 1998 Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.

1991 - 1994 Masters Candidate, Research, and Teaching Assistant, Department of Biology, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Awards / Recognition
Outstanding Book Award. NC Extension Gardener Handbook. Presented at the American Society for Horticulture Science Annual Conference, Tropicana Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada.

North Carolina Chapter of The Wildlife Society Hero Award

Natural Resources Scientist of the Year, The North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards, Embassy Suites, Research Triangle Park, Cary, North Carolina.

South Dakota State University Distinguished Alumni.

North Carolina State Chapter of The Wildlife Society - Chapter Award. Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Haw River State Park, Browns Summit, North Carolina. Presented ‘In Recognition of Outstanding Service on behalf of the North Carolina Chapter and Wildlife in North Carolina’.

North Carolina State University Thank a Teacher Program. Office of Faculty Development, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Outstanding Adviser Award, North Carolina State University College of Natural Resources, Forestry and Environmental Resources. A Facilitator of Student Success.

Nominated for Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. North Carolina State University, College of Natural Resources, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources.

Family Farm Education Award presented by the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs and the National Woodland Owners Association.

North Carolina State University Chapter of Sigma Xi Full Membership.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Special Recognition Award. Teamwork Award presented – ‘In Recognition and Appreciation of His Outstanding Teamwork in Response to Chronic Wasting Disease’. Annual Minnesota Conservation Awards Banquet, Minnesota Waterfowl Association, Fish and Wildlife Legislative Alliance, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife and Division of Enforcement, Prom Expo Center, Oakdale, Minnesota.

Certified Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

Employee Achievement Award. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Associate Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

Outstanding Ph.D. Student, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.
Publications and Patents Summary
Publications: 144
Blog posts: 22

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Expert Witness Experience
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2010 Called as an expert by the Defendants (State of North Carolina and North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources) -v- Plaintiffs
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