Longtime NRM leader Ernest Fish bids farewell after 40 years on campus
After four decades of teaching, research and eventual administration of Texas Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management, Ernest Fish has announced that he will retire from his post as professor. His last day will be January 31. A faculty member since 1973, Fish was chairman of the department from 1999-2008.
"It has been a great privilege to serve with Dr. Fish" said Michael Galyean, dean of Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. "We're all extremely grateful to him and proud of the accomplishments he has achieved."
Over the decades the Albuquerque native's professional experience has been directed toward teaching and research with specialties in natural resource management, remote sensing and quantitative ecology. He has been involved in interdisciplinary research programs encompassing environmental inventories, geographic information systems, land use analysis and land management planning in the U.S Southwest.
Fish received his bachelor's degree in forest-range management, and his master's degree in range ecology/statistics from Colorado State University. His doctorate in watershed management/statistics is from the University of Arizona. He is a member of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Society for Range Management, and Society of American Foresters.
He is a member of Tech's Teaching Academy, and served nine years as a member of the Texas Journal of Agriculture and Natural Resources' Editorial Board. Awards for Fish include: Texas Tech University President's Excellence in Teaching Award (1988).
During his tenure at Texas Tech, Fish served in a number of academic positions, rising from assistant professor to professor and eventually chairman of the department. Earlier in his career he worked as an ecologist with the National Park Service in Anchorage, Alaska, and a range conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service in Glenwood Springs, Colo; as well as an instructor at the University of Arizona and Colorado State University.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Michael Galyean, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor's Note: CASNR has an existing scholarship in Ernest Fish's name. For more information, go to www.give2tech.com, click "give online," and search all funds with the keyword "Fish."