Webinar: University of Montana’s Wildlife Biology Program: Advancing wildlife and landscape conservation through science applications
Presenter: Chad Bishop, Director, Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana
The Wildlife Biology Program at University of Montana is one of three academic programs within the university designated as a Program of National Distinction. This designation reflects the program’s highly productive research faculty, ability to attract students from across North America, and ranking as one of the nation’s top wildlife programs. Located in Missoula, the program is positioned strategically to help advance wildlife and landscape conservation in the Northern Rockies. The program plays a lead role in the integration of landscape connectivity, quantitative wildlife ecology, and conservation genetics.
One focus of the wildlife biology program is to facilitate analysis of wildlife population data at landscape-scales to help inform conservation and management strategies that cross jurisdictional boundaries. We recognize an ever-growing need among governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations for such transboundary analyses of wildlife data to help inform species and landscape conservation strategies. Indeed, this is closely tied to the vision and mission of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. The UM Wildlife Biology Program is positioned well to facilitate partner-driven, collaborative analyses of wildlife species data informed by landscape attributes at broad spatial scales.
About the presenter: Chad Bishop is Director of the Wildlife Biology Program at University of Montana. As Director, Chad is responsible for a wide array of functions tied to running the Program, with an emphasis on faculty and student support and Program outreach and development. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology (Fish and Wildlife Management Option) from Montana State University (1995), a Master’s of Science degree in Wildlife Resources from University of Idaho (1998), and a Doctorate degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University (2007). Prior to University of Montana, he served as an Assistant Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (2012-2015), where he oversaw aquatic and terrestrial biology programs, hatcheries, and the acquisition and management of land and water assets.