MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Wildlife Biology Program recently appointed an interim director and a new student adviser. Winsor Lowe will lead the program for the next two years, and Darr Tucknott joins the staff as student adviser.
The Wildlife Biology Program was named one of UM’s Program of National Distinction earlier this year.
Lowe, a professor in the program for eight years, replaces Dan Pletscher, who retired in June after directing the program for 19 years. Lowe’s research and teaching focus on the large-scale ecology of streams and rivers. He was honored in 2006, 2009 and 2013 by UM for his excellence in teaching and research.
“I’m honored to lead the Wildlife Biology Program for the next two years – one of UM’s most successful academic degrees,” Lowe said. “Our enrollment continues to grow, and our faculty and graduate student research is internationally recognized. I will maintain our focus on undergraduate training, research and collaboration with wildlife managers here in Montana and throughout the world.”
Tucknott coordinated Athletic Academic Advising at UM for five years. She received the New Adviser Award from the National Academic Advising Association and the Student Affairs Collaboration Award from UM. She will assist wildlife biology students with curriculum advising, retention and job placement.
“We hired Darr to help our growing number of undergraduate students through the academic program in four years, and prepare our students for work and graduate school when they’re done,” Lowe said. “She’ll give wildlife students the tools they need to chart the best course for themselves and go on to great things after their time at UM. We’re thrilled to offer our students such an exceptional level of one-on-one advising.”
Wildlife Biology is a joint program of the College of Forestry and Conservation, the Division of Biological Sciences and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit.