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Awards / Honors

Ken Wilson receives award from The Wildlife Society

April 5, 2013

The Douglas L. Gilbert Award for Outstanding Achievements in Wildlife Sciences is presented to only one recipient each year.

Kenneth WilsonKenneth Wilson, head of the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in the Warner College of Natural Resources, has received the Douglas L. Gilbert Award for Outstanding Achievements in Wildlife Sciences from the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS). The award nationally recognizes outstanding achievements in the profession of wildlife conservation and biology and is presented to only one recipient each year.

The award is named after, and celebrates, wildlife and natural resource professional Douglas L. Gilbert, who served as Wilson’s predecessor as department head from 1975-1980.

Wilson has been an active member of the society and a TWS Certified Wildlife Biologist since 2000.  He served on the Colorado TWS Chapter Executive Board in 1992, the society's Gender and Ethnic Diversity Committee from 1998 to 2001, and is an active reviewer of manuscripts for the Journal of Wildlife Management and the Wildlife Society Bulletin.

The Douglas L. Gilbert award adds to his record of recognition, which includes the Harry E. Troxell Distinguished Service-To-Students Award from the Warner College and the Jack E. Cermak Outstanding Advisor Award from Colorado State University. He also has served as a participant in the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and has been the Secretary-Treasurer for the National Association of Fisheries and Wildlife Programs since 2012.

Advisor to USDA

Earlier this year, Wilson was also honored with an appointment to the re-established National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  During his two-year term on the Committee, Wilson will advise USDA on the activities and policies of the wildlife services program within the department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Wilson has produced more than 35 peer-reviewed scientific publications, most with the 21 graduate students and four post-doctoral research associates he has supervised.  His research interests are focused on ecology and management of wildlife impacted by human influences, population ecology, small mammals, conservation biology, and computer applications such as GIS and spatial data modeling that can be used to improve wildlife management and conservation.

Wilson received his Ph.D. in Fishery and Wildlife Biology from CSU in 1991 and has been department head since 2007.

“Ken continues to be a leader in his field through his active involvement in and service to the wildlife and conservation biology community,” said Warner College  Dean Joyce Berry. “His expertise and continued passion for education enriches his department and the College, and we are proud to have him as part of the Warner ‘family’.”