Boone and Crockett Club, UM Welcome New Wildlife Conservation Professor

May 17, 2016

MISSOULA – Joshua Millspaugh, an internationally recognized wildlife conservation researcher and educator, will join the University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation as the next Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation.

Millspaugh was selected through a national search and will join UM’s wildlife biology faculty this fall. He is currently the William J. Rucker Professor of Wildlife Conservation and interim director at University of Missouri’s School of Natural Resources.

“We are extremely excited for Dr. Millspaugh to join us at the University of Montana,” said Chad Bishop, director of the Wildlife Biology Program. “His excellence in teaching and research will undoubtedly strengthen the Wildlife Biology Program and at the same time bolster our long-standing partnership with the Boone and Crockett Club.”

The club started its national endowed professorship program at UM in 1992. Millspaugh will become the fourth Boone and Crockett professor, following Hal Salwasser, Jack Ward Thomas and Paul Krausman.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected for this position and thrilled to join the outstanding faculty at the University of Montana,” Millspaugh said. “The partnership between the Boone and Crockett Club and UM is an incredible opportunity to integrate management and policy, while mentoring the next generation of wildlife professionals. I am excited to advance the mission of this endowment.”

Millspaugh holds a doctorate in wildlife ecology from the University of Washington and has been at the University of Missouri since 1999, serving as the Pauline O’Connor Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Management for four years.

His research centers on the study of vertebrate population ecology at three scales: physiological processes, individual space use and resource selection, and population-level dynamics. He has received a superior graduate faculty award, the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the USDA National Teacher of the Year award, among other recognitions for his teaching.

Millspaugh also is a fellow in The Wildlife Society, organized by Boone and Crockett Club members in 1937, and has been recognized several times for his accomplishments.

“The purpose of our university programs at the national level is to produce well-rounded resource managers and policy-makers,” said Boone and Crockett Club President Morrison Stevens. “The goal is to follow Theodore Roosevelt’s model of having the right people in the right places to make the right decisions at the right time in terms of managing our nation’s natural resources.”

UM’s Wildlife Biology Program is world-renowned for the quality of its research and undergraduate and graduate programs. The program is administered by the College of Forestry and Conservation, the Division of Biological Sciences and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and is the only UM program with two endowed positions, the Boone and Crockett Professor and the John J. Craighead Chair.

“Our ability to attract Dr. Millspaugh to the University of Montana speaks directly to the power of these high-profile, endowed positions for recruiting the very best faculty in a given field,” said Bishop.

“Josh Millspaugh is a great addition and will be a tremendous asset in terms of accomplishing this part of the club’s mission,” Stevens said.

In addition to UM, the Boone and Crockett Club has endowed professorships and fellowships at Michigan State University, Oregon State University, Texas A&M Kingsville and the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, as well as pending programs at several other land grant universities around the country.

Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The club maintains the highest standards of fair-chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship.

For more information on the Boone and Crockett Club, visit http://www.boone-crockett.org/.

To learn more about UM’s Wildlife Biology Program, visit http://www.cfc.umt.edu/wbio/.

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Contact: Chad Bishop, director, UM Wildlife Biology Program, 406-243-4374, chad.bishop@umontana.edu; Greg Duncan, account executive, Blue Heron Communications, 800-654-3766, greg@blueheroncomm.com.