Conway set to lead CASNR's Department of Natural Resources Management
By: Norman Martin
Warren Conway, a nationally-known wildlife ecology expert, has been named chairman of Texas Tech University's Department of Natural Resources Management, according to officials in the university's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He will officially step into his new administrative post on Sept. 1.
CASNR Dean William Brown noted that that Conway values trans-disciplinary approaches to teaching and research projects, working in both lead and collaborating roles. In addition, he has a special interest in working directly with CASNR's clientele to build support for the university. This will bring a strong asset to the department, college and university, he said.
"With strong success in his personal program and service responsibilities, along with his facilitative and mentoring personality, Dr. Conway is ideally suited for assuming the roles and responsibilities of department chair," Brown said.
"As a two-time alumnus, the success of our Department and Texas Tech are viscerally important to me, and I believe we have the foundation from which to continue to grow and build a Natural Resources Management program that is in the upper echelon of similar programs nationwide," said Conway, who currently serves as Tech's Bricker Endowed Chair in Wildlife Management. "I'm honored, and look forward to serving in this role, and helping foster this growth for our current and past students, faculty, and staff."
Conway's research focuses upon migratory connectivity of snowy plovers; mule deer and pronghorn survival and habitat selection; urban mesocarnivore community ecology; elk response to prescribed fire and thinning; wintering waterfowl ecology and response to moist-soil management; and wildlife disease and toxicology of populations of bighorn sheep, axis deer, and American woodcock.
In the classroom, the Rhode Island native is known for encouraging student-led dialogue and challenges undergraduate students to engage in both the topical materials within the classroom, but in professional development opportunities outside the classroom.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty in 2014, Conway worked as a professor of wildlife management at Stephen F. Austin State University's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. He received his bachelor's degree in wildlife biology and management from the University of Rhode Island. His master's and doctorate degrees in wildlife science are from Texas Tech ('97 M.S. & '01 Ph.D.).
Recent honors for Conway include receiving the 2019 Champion of Women Award from the West Texas Association for Women in STEAM for his work to support and encourage women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics. In 2017 he was presented a Professing Excellence Award from the Tech's University Student Housing office.
In addition, Conway received the Teaching Excellence Award for Stephen F. Austin State University's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture (2013); Stephen F. Austin State University Foundation Faculty Achievement Award (2009); and the Texas Tech Department of Natural Resources Management Outstanding Alumnus Award (2007).
Conway is a Fellow for The Wildlife Society, and a past president of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, and remains involved in several professional organizations.
CONTACT: William Brown, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or email@example.com