NRM faculty, students bring home honors from TCTWS annual meeting
By: Norman Martin
An expert in conservation and management of game and non-game bird species within Texas Tech University's Department of Natural Resources Management received the "Educator of the Year Award" on Sunday (Feb. 11) at the 54th Annual Meeting of The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TCTWS) in Dallas.
Program officials note that the honor for Assistant Professor Blake Grisham is the first time in 17 years that someone from Texas Tech has received the honor. In the past, Grisham's research has focused on the relationship between environmental variables and thermal tolerances of nesting lesser prairie-chickens, assessing the role of the National Wildlife Refuge System for Sandhill Crane conservation, integrating climate science methodologies into ecological field studies, and developing monitoring protocols for waterfowl and Sandhill Cranes.
In other action, Clint Boal, a unit scientist with the Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Texas Tech, received the TCTWS' "Outstanding Book of the Year Award." Boal was a co-editor with David Haukos, a unit leader of the U.S. Geological Survey's Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Kansas State University-Manhattan, for their book, "Ecology and Conservation of the Lesser Prairie Chicken." It had been almost two decades since a Texas Tech-authored book was selected for the award.
In the student-related areas of the meeting, Kaitlin Wilms, a senior from Aiken, South Carolina, won first place in the undergraduate student poster competition for her poster titled, "Accumulation of Radiocesium in Bullfrog Tadpoles in a Contaminated Effluent Canal on the Savannah River Site."
Katheryn Watson, a doctoral graduate student from Georgetown, Texas, received the Sam Beasom Memorial Graduate Student Scholarship, and Rachel Bittner, a senior from Dale, Texas, was recognized as Texas Tech's "Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year."
In addition, several undergraduates from Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management
won awards in TCTWS' Photo and Art Competition categories, including:
• Work-Related (First Place) Charlotte Wilson, a senior from Weatherford, Texas
• Remote Camera (First Place) Rachel Bittner
• Wildlife (Second Place); Species of Concern (Second Place); Work-Related (Third Place) Kaitlyn Cargol, a senior from The Woodlands, Texas
• Game Camera (Second Place); Plants and Scenery (Second Place) Kaitlin Wilms
TCTWS was formed in 1965 and its efforts are designed to involve resource professionals and stimulate involvement by all concerned individuals. The Wildlife Society itself is an international, non-profit scientific and educational organization serving and representing wildlife professionals in all areas of wildlife conservation and resource management. The group's goal is to promote excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education.
CONTACT: Mark Wallace, Chairman, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2841 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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