Mark Wallace set to retire from Department of Natural Resources Management
By: Norman Martin
Mark Wallace, a nationally-known leader in wildlife/habitat management and administrator in Texas Tech University's Department of Natural Resources Management, has announced plans to retire in December after nearly two and a half decades on the job. Wallace served as chair of the department from 2011 to 2019.
"I am truly thankful for the opportunities I have had to work with folks at Texas Tech, particularly the NRM faculty, staff, and students since 1996," Wallace said. "Most gratifying has been the work done in getting the 13 PhD and 33 MS students I have advised/co-advised completed. These students have all gone on to be productive members of our profession – a legacy I am truly proud to be a part of."
Wallace, who was named a full professor in 2010, has centered his research on wildlife/habitat relationships, conducting his efforts over much of North America. A current research focus is wildlife in the ru¬ral-urban interface because it provides excellent opportunities to study vertebrate populations in fragmented habitats.
"We've been working to integrate amenity and ecological values of wildlife into urban planning and new designs for urban development," he said.
In addition to his extensive teaching duties, Wallace's research interests earlier in his career focused on animal-habitat relationships studying land use effects on turkey populations in Texas and Kansas, elk in New Mexico, ecologies of prairie species in the Texas panhandle, and even the economic value of songbirds in Lubbock.
"Wildlife in the rural-urban interface provides excellent opportunities to study vertebrate populations in fragmented habitats," he said. Wallace's research also focused on the additional ethical considerations of working with wildlife in natural and human-dominated ecosystems.
Prior to joining Texas Tech's faculty, Wallace served as an adjunct assistant professor and lecturer at the University of Rhode Island. He also worked in several research-related positions at the University of Arizona and with the National Park Service in Washington.
Wallace earned a bachelor's degree in forest resources/wildlife science from the University of Washington and a master's degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Arizona. His doctorate in wildlife and fisheries sciences is from the University of Arizona.
He has been a member of The Wildlife Society since 1978, served as President of the Southwest Section of The Wildlife Society, chaired Texas Tech's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for five years, and was advisor and quiz bowl coach for the department's Range, Wildlife and Fisheries Club from 1997 to 2009. Wallace was also a board member of the Urban Wildlife Working Group, and secretary of The Wildlife Society's College and University Education Working Group.
CONTACT: Warren Conway, Bricker Endowed Chair in Wildlife Management and Chairperson, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-6579 or firstname.lastname@example.org