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University Programs

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The Boone and Crockett Club University Program is designed to provide science-based knowledge from seasoned wildlife professionals and educators to college graduates in the wildlife field to better prepare the graduates for the responsible and wise management of wildlife in the future.
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Accomplishments of the Boone and Crockett Club’s University Programs for 2020.
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University of Montana - Ph.D. - 2021 | Conservation Benefits of Sustainable Land Use on Mammal Communities
A collection of articles from Fair Chase magazine covering the happenings within the Club's University Programs.
The Boone and Crockett Wildlife Conservation Program supports graduate students in wildlife conservation and related fields through our Fellows Program. A Boone and Crockett Fellow is an undergraduate or graduate student, or postdoctoral associate, who is supported by Boone and Crockett funding and/or advised by a Boone and Crockett Professor or Professional Member.
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University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – B.S. in Wildlife Ecology – 2012 - Impact of Edge Effects on the Success of Artificial Northern Bobwhite Nests
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Texas A&M University – Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences – 2014 - Empowering All Who Dwell Here: Natural Resource Management and Public Participation
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University of Montana - Masters - Graduated 2010 | Evaluating population estimates of mountain goats based on citizen science
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Michigan State University – Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Completed 2020 - An Agent-Based Approach for Surveillance and Management of Chronic Wasting Disease
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University of Montana – Ph.D. in Forestry – 1999 – Field Testing the Accuracy and Generality of Selected Wildlife-Habitat Models
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University of Montana – Ph.D. in Organismal Biology and Ecology – 2002 - Effects of Pinus Flexilis on the Dynamics and Structure of Plant Communities on The Northern Rocky Mountain Front and Training Biologists for Emerging Niches in Non-Traditional Jobs
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UC – Berkeley (University of Montana Fellow) – Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science – 1997 - Wildlife Conservation on Western Private Lands: Improving Conservation Policies and Incentives
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University of Montana - Masters - Graduated 2011 | Winter habitat use by mule deer in Idaho and Montana
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University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point – B.S. Student in Wildlife Ecology and Management - Projected to Graduate in 2023 - Use of Snapshot Wisconsin Images to Predict Fall Harvest Demographics of Eastern Wild Turkeys
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Michigan State University – Ph.D. Student in Fisheries and Wildlife - Projected to Graduate in 2022 - Factors Influencing the Movement and Space Use of White-Tailed Deer in Michigan and Implications for the Management of Emergent Chronic Wasting Disease
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Michigan State University – Ph.D. Student in Fisheries and Wildlife - Projected to Graduate in 2022 - Evaluating Management Strategies for Chronic Wasting Disease in Michigan White-tailed Deer
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University of Montana – Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Estimating Abundance of Big Game Species in Northern Nevada
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University of Montana – Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Evaluation of Survey Approaches to Assess Status of Non-Game Indicator Species
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University of Montana – M.S. Student in Wildlife Biology - Projected to Graduate 2023 - Impacts of Inter-Individual Variation in White-Tailed Deer Spatial Ecology and Survival
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University of Montana – Ph.D. Student in Fish and Wildlife Biology - Projected to Graduate 2022 - Identifying the Effects of Oil and Gas Development and Activity on Movement, Resource Selection, and Demographic Processes of Elk in the Badlands of Western North Dakota
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University of Montana – Ph.D. Student in Fish and Wildlife Biology - Projected to Graduate 2023 - Exploring Landscape and Environmental Drivers of Pronghorn Movement and Demography Across Spatiotemporal Scalesn
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University of Montana – M.S. Student in Wildlife Biology - Projected to Graduate 2024 - Analyzing Moose Abundance and Calf Recruitment on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation
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Michigan State University – Ph.D. Student in Fisheries and Wildlife – Projected to Graduate in 2022 – Potential Wolf Expansion into the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan - Impacts on Cervid Ecology and Local Economies
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University of Montana – Ph.D. Student in Wildlife Biology - Projected to Graduate 2022 - Rethinking Rare: Novel Approaches to Monitoring and Understanding Rare Species
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Texas A&M University - Kingsville – Ph.D. Student in Range and Wildlife Management - Projected to Graduate in 2024 - Mule Deer Spatial Ecology in the Texas Panhandle: Implications for Chronic Wasting Disease
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University of Montana - M.S. Wildlife Biology - Projected to Graduate 2023 | In the Pursuit of Greener Pastures: How Changes in Vegetation Influence Diet and Resource Selection of Pronghorn in Montana
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Michigan State University- BS in Fisheries and Wildlife - Projected to Graduate 2022 | Group Size, Bioaccumulation, and Baiting: Quantifying Factors Affecting Disease Transmission Among Deer
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Michigan State University - M.S. Student in Fisheries and Wildlife - Projected to Graduate in 2023 | Group Size, Bioaccumulation, and Baiting: Quantifying Factors Affecting Disease Transmission Among Deer
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Texas A&M University - Ph.D. Student in Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management - Projected to Graduate in 2025 | Nitrogen Metabolism and Adaptive Capacity of Carnivorous Bears
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University of Montana - M.S. Student in Wildlife Biology - Projected to Graduate 2022 | Management Authority on Federal Lands and Effective Collaboration on Habitat Connectivity
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University of Montana - Masters - Projected to Graduate 2022 | M.S. in Wildlife Biology & Master of Public Administration
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Texas A&M University - Ph.D. Student in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences - Projected to Graduate in 2022 | Effects of Biting Insects on North American Ungulates
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University of Montana - Ph.D. Student in Wildlife Biology - Projected to Graduate 2024 | Modeling Migration and Habitat Use of Elk on the Blackfeet Nation Indian Reservation (Montana, USA) and the Surrounding Landscape
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University of Montana - Masters - Projected to Graduate 2022 | Master of Public Administration, Public Policy Certificate
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University of Montana - PhD - Projected to Graduate 2021 | Integrated ecology of a reintroduction: Missouri elk restoration/ ecology and management of the restored elk population in Missouri
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The Boone and Crockett Club University Programs is designed to provide science-based knowledge from seasoned wildlife professionals and educators to college graduates in the wildlife field to better prepare the graduates for the responsible and wise management of wildlife in the future.
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Texas A&M University-Kingsville - Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute - Ph.D. - 2021 Resource Selection, Habitat Influences on Population Performance, and Body Size Trade-Offs of Cervids in a Nutritionally Variable Environment
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Texas A&M University - Ph.D. - Graduated 2020 Evaluating the physiological and behavioral responses of moose to fluctuating environmental temperatures
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Oregon State University - PhD Graduated in 2012 | Food web relationships involving fire, wolves, elk, and forest ecosystems
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University of Montana - Masters - 2010 | Summer diet of wolves in Northwestern Montana
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Michigan State University - PhD - Graduated 2017 | Conserving avian biodiversity on managed forest landscapes: the importance of pattern and scale
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Michigan State University - PhD - Graduated 2014 | Landscape-level effects of weather and land cover on wild turkey abundance, productivity, and regional harvest potential
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Montana’s Boone and Crockett Professorship and Conservation Program
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B&C Fellow Nora Hargett studying a nest and measuring its perimeter while conducting field work on sandhill cranes. University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Boone and Crockett Fellowship Program Since 2012, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has offered the Douglas R. Stephens Boone and...
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GLOBAL TEMPERATURE INCREASE RESULTING FROM CLIMATE CHANGE HAS A POTENTIAL TO AFFECT NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS IN PROFOUND WAYS. BIRD COMMUNITIES ARE A GOOD INDICATOR OF THE IMPACTS Global temperature increase resulting from climate change has a potential to affect natural ecosystems in profound ways. Bird...
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University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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Field Technician Steven Gurney placing a trail camera as part of a study looking at impacts of harvest regulations on deer population characteristics in areas where CWD has been detected. MSU’s Wildlife Program Michigan State University (MSU) is the nation’s pioneer land-grant university. With...
Bryan Stevens Michigan State University, Ph.D. 2016 Dr. Bryan Stevens completed his doctoral degree under the mentorship of Dr. Bill Porter, where he developed population assessment and decision support tools to inform wild turkey harvest management in Michigan. While completing his doctoral degree...
David M. Williams Michigan State University David Williams' research interests focus on understanding how landscape heterogeneity influences animal movements and habitat use and applying that knowledge in the context of larger ecological processes and management decisions. His dissertation...
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Clemson developed a special online M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology degree program to educate and train natural resources professionals who are currently in the field, as well as non-traditional students who are in natural resources-related positions or working in the policy arena. Currently...

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