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Svedarsky elected Vice President of The Wildlife Society

By Dan Svedarsky on
Friday, July 29, 2005

Dan Svedarsky, research biologist at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center and Head of the Natural Resources Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) has been elected Vice President of The Wildlife Society (TWS). Svedarsky is the second research scientist at the Research and Outreach Center elected to head their professional organizations. Plant Pathologist, Carol Windels was President of the 5,000 member, American Phytopathological Society in 1999. “I’m indeed proud of Carol and Dan to have achieved this level of respect and recognition by their professional peers,” notes Larry Smith, Head of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center. The Center, based in Crookston, is a branch facility of the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences of the University of Minnesota where research is conducted on soils and water, agronomy, entomology, livestock, and natural resource relationships.

Founded in 1937, TWS is an international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. The membership is comprised of nearly 9,000 wildlife professionals and students from more than 60 countries. Members are engaged in wildlife conservation and management as wildlife biologists, habitat managers, research scientists, field technicians, educators, and agency administrators. Svedarsky will be installed in September at the Society’s annual meeting in Madison, Wisconsin and will transition to President-Elect, President, and Past-President over a 4-year term. “I’m deeply honored and a bit awed with this responsibility,” notes Svedarsky. “The next 4 years represent a period of dramatic personnel changes due to retirements within the wildlife profession and accelerating challenges in resource management at the local and global levels.” Svedarsky is the first Minnesota resident to be elected to this office. 

Svedarsky has been active with the Society, serving a 3-year term as the North Central Section Representative of The Wildlife Society and chairing the program committee for the 2002 national meeting in Bismarck, North Dakota. In 1999, Svedarsky received The Minnesota Award from the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society in recognition of contributions to wildlife conservation in Minnesota. 

Svedarsky, who splits his time between the Research and Outreach Center and UMC, has been at the Crookston campus since 1969, when he was the first faculty member hired in Natural Resources. After completing 2 degrees in at the University of Missouri, Columbia, he studied the nesting and brood-rearing ecology of greater prairie chickens in Minnesota while completing a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology at the University of North Dakota. Svedarsky’s research has focused on tallgrass prairie restoration and management using fire, prairie bird management, and wildlife values of wild rice paddies and gravel pits. With colleagues and graduate students at the University of North Dakota, he is currently directing research on colonization of restored wetlands by vegetation and amphibians at the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is the largest prairie and wetland restoration project in North America and is only 10 miles from the Crookston campus. 

Along with the heading UMC’s Natural Resources Department, Svedarsky teaches Wildlife Habitat Management Techniques, Ecology, Plant Taxonomy, and Integrated Resource Management. Publications include; editing a recent book, The Greater Prairie Chicken; A national look, and senior author of land management booklets entitled; A landowner’s guide to prairie management in Minnesota, and Effects of management practices on grassland birds: the greater prairie chicken.

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