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Alumni - Award of Professional Excellence


  • Stephen M. Arthur; Ph.D., 1987 – Wildlife research biologist with the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, Fairbanks.
  • Frank Frost III; B.S., 1991 – Fisheries Biologist, MDIFW, Ashland, ME.
  • Daniel G. McAuley; B.S., 1977 – Research Biologist, USGS, PWRC, Orono, ME.
  • Paul W. Rego; M.S., 1984 – Mammal Program Leader, Wildlife Division, Connecticut DEP.
  • Sandra Ritchie; B.S., 1980 – Wildlife Resources Planner, MDIFW, Augusta.
  • Mark Scott; B.S., 1978 – Director of Wildlife, VT Fish and Wildlife Department.
  • Ellen Snyder; B.S., 1982 – Wildlife consulting, New Hampshire.
  • Michael E. Thompson; M.S., 1987 – President and Principal Biologist, Penobscot Environmental Consulting.
  • Matt Vander Haegen; Ph.D., 1992 – Wildlife Research Biologist, Washington State. Well published and regularly works with graduate students.
  • Andrew Whitman; M.S., 1992 – Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.


  • Gordon R. Batcheller; B.S., 1978 – Leader of the Wildlife Service Section, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, New York.
  • Bradley F. Blackwell; Ph.D., 1996 – Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA/APHIS National Wildlife Research Center, Sanusky, Ohio; and Affiliated Assistant Professor, Ohio State University.
  • Catherine A. Elliott; M.S., 1982; Ph.D., 1987 – Sustainable Living and Wildlife Extension Specialist, and Associate Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Orono, Maine.
  • Patrick G. R. Jodice; B.S., 1983 – Wildlife Research Biologist and Leader, South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Clemson, South Carolina.
  • James R. Kelley; B.S., 1983 – Mississippi Flyway Representative, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Centuria, Wisconsin.
  • Alan J. Kimball; B.S., 1972 – University Forests Superintendent, and Associate Professor of Forest Resources, University of Maine. Orono, Maine.
  • Scott M. Melvin; B.S., 1975 – Senior Zoologist, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation, University of Massachusetts. Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • Thomas F. Paragi; M.S., 1990 – Wildlife Management Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • James M. Ramakka; M.S., 1971 – Senior Environmental Planner, Science Applications International Corporation. Aztec, New Mexico.
  • Linda J. Welch; M.S., 1994 – Wildlife Biologist, Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Milbridge, Maine.
  • Michael C. Zicus; B.S., 1970 – Retired Waterfowl Research Biologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Bermidji, Minnesota.


  • Roger P. AuClair; B.S., 1954 – Retired MDIFW Fisheries Biologist.
  • Jane E. Austin; B.S., 1980 – Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS, North Dakota.
  • Steve K. Chick; B.S., 1975 – United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Services in Nebraska.
  • Alan Crossley; M.S., 1985 – Biologist with the Wisconsin DNR; lead on chronic wasting disease.
  • Phillip G. deMaynadier; Ph.D., 1996 – Endangered Species Biologist for MDIFW.
  • Adam W. Gormely; B.S., 1995 – Lt. Game Warden (one of two), MDIFW.
  • Ronald D. Klataske; M.S., 1968 – Executive Director of Audubon of Kansas.
  • John P. Lortie; B.S., 1980 – President Woodlot Alternatives.
  • Steven K. Pelletier; B.S., 1980 – Principal Wildlife Biologist/Forester; Vice-President, Woodlot Alternatives
  • Midori Saeki; M.S., 1991 – National-level research and management biologist working with landscape conservation of mammals in Japan.
  • Daniel A. Scott; B.S., 1995 – Captain in the Maine Warden Service.
  • Douglas J. Steventon; M.S., 1979 – Research Wildlife Ecologist, Ministry of Forest Research B.C.
  • Rudolph F. Stocek; B.S., 1959 – Maritime Forest Ranger School, Fredericton, NB.
  • Charles S. Todd; M.S., 1979 – Eagle/Raptor Biologist; MDIFW.
  • Stephen C. Whalen; B.S., 1974 – Limnologist, University of Alaska.
  • Kate M. Wynne; M.S., 1981 – Marine Mammal Biologist and Consultant; Kodiak, Alaska.


  • Arthur S. Allen; B.S., 1956 – Retired professor of wildlife and botany at universities in Michigan, California and Louisiana. Active in the Maine Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
  • David L. Courtemanch; B.S., 1970 – Director, Division of Environmental Assessment, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, member of the University of Maine Graduate School, and non-resident faculty member of the Water Resources Research Institute at UMaine.
  • Lisa A. DeBruyckere; B.S., 1984; M.S., 1988 – Owner and manager of Creative Resource Strategies, an environmental consulting firm based in Salem, Oregon. Formerly with Oregon Dept of Fish and Game.
  • Duane R. Diefenbach; M.S., 1988 – Earned a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. Leader of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Fellow to The Wildlife Society 2008.
  • C. Andrew Dolloff; B.S., 1975 – Associate Professor of Fisheries Science and Project Leader, USFS Southern Station Coldwater Fisheries Research Unit, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • Magangu T. Enama; Ph.D., 1990 – International consultant with the United Nations Development Program, and technical advisor and coordinator for a number of biodiversity projects in Africa.
  • Stewart I. Fefer; M.S., 1976 – Project Leader of the USFWS’s Gulf of Maine Coastal Program in Falmouth, Maine.
  • James D. Fenwood; B.S., 1974 – Director of Biological and Physical Resources, Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service.
  • Cynthia J. House; B.S., 1975 – A highly respected and accomplished wildlife artist. Her paintings have illustrated many wildlife books and other publications including books sponsored by the National Geographic Society and the Wildlife Management Institute.
  • *Jonathan A. Jenks; M.S., 1986 – Distinguished professor of wildlife and fisheries and Director of Graduate Programs at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota
  • Dennis G. Jorde; Ph.D., 1981 – Deputy Director, USGS Northern prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, North Dakota.
  • Kenneth J. Reinecke; Ph.D., 1978 – Former wildlife research biologist with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
  • Patrick Sousa; B.S., 1973 – Chief of Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and wildlife Service, Pacific Regional Office, Portland, Oregon.
  • G. Mark Stadler; B.S., 1975 – Director of Wildlife Division, MDIFW, and former Supervisor of the Department’s Regional Wildlife Management Section.


  • Thomas J. Allen; M.S., 1970 – Biologist, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources; artist; and author.
  • John C. Baird; M.S., 1966 – Deputy Minister of the Department of Natural Resources, New Brunswick.
  • *Guy A. Baldassare; B.S., 1975 – Distinguished Professor, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry and author.
  • Lawrence S. Barden; M.S., 1968 – Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
  • Edward T. Baum; B.S., 1967 – Fisheries scientist, Maine Atlantic Salmon Authority and author.
  • Peter M. Bourque; B.S., 1964 – Director, Fisheries Division, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • Alan G. Clark; B.S., 1973 – Chief, Wildlife Section, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
  • *Herbert C. Frost; Ph.D., 1994 – Deputy Associate Director of Natural Resources, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.
  • James P. Gibbs; B.S., 1986 – Professor, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry and author.
  • Leslie L. Glasgow; M.S., 1948 – Director, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks in Washington, D.C.
  • John A. Litvaitis; Ph.D., 1984 – Professor of Wildlife Ecology, University of New Hampshire.
  • Audrey J. Magoun; B.S., 1967 – Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Executive Director of the Wolverine Foundation.
  • Dale W. May; M.S., 1981 – Director of Wildlife Division, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
  • Mark A. McCollough; M.S., 1981; Ph.D. 1986 – Endangered species biologist, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; artist; and author.
  • Deborah S. Palman; M.S., 1977 – Game Warden and Forensic Specialist, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Maine Search and Rescue Dogs.
  • Sarah S. Stockwell; M.S., 1985; Ph.D. 1994 – Director of Conservation, Maine Audubon Society.
  • Michael W. Tome; M.S., 1981 – Supervisor for the Eastern Region, Cooperative Research Unit Program, U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Patrick Valkenburg; B.S., 1972 – Research biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Pre – 2008

  • *Richard B. Anderson; B.S., 1957 – Fisheries biologist, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Director, Maine Audubon Society; and Commissioner, Maine Department of Conservation.
  • *Eric G. Bolen; B.S., 1959 – Professor of Wildlife, Texas Tech University; Dean of Graduate Studies, North Carolina State University; and author.
  • *David E. Capen; M.S., 1972 – Professor of Wildlife, University of Vermont.
  • *Malcolm W. Coulter; M.S., 1948 – Assistant Leader, Maine Cooperative Wildlife Unit and Director of the Wildlife Program, University of Maine.
  • *Arthur A. Davis; B.S., 1947 – First Goddard Professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources at Pennsylvania State University and Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Resources.
  • *Frederick C. Dean; M.S., 1950 – Professor of Wildlife and Director of the Wildlife Program, University of Alaska and author.
  • *Gary G. Donovan; B.S., 1968 – Director, Wildlife Division, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Chief Wildlife Biologist for Champion and International Paper Companies; and Coordinator for Industrial Relations in the northeast, Ruffed Grouse Society.
  • *Clarence E. Faulkner; B.S., 1949 – Administrator in the Animal Damage Control Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C.
  • *Milton Friend; B.S., 1958 – Founding Director, U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • *Daniel J. Harrison; M.S., 1983; Ph.D., 1986 – Professor of Wildlife, University of Maine.
  • *Susan D. Haseltine; B.S., 1971 – Research Supervisor and Branch Chief for environmental contaminants, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); Director, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, USFWS; Assistant Regional Director, Upper Midwest Region, USFWS; and Associate Director for Biology, U.S. Geological Survey.
  • *Harry E. Hodgdon; B.S., 1968 – Executive Director, The Wildlife Society, Washington, D.C.
  • *Malcolm L. Hunter, Jr.; B.S., 1974 – Libra Professor of Conservation Biology and Professor of Wildlife, University of Maine; President, Society for Conservation Biology; and author.
  • *Alan E. Hutchinson; B.S., 1969; M.S., 1980 – Leader, Endangered Species and Non-Game Program, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Executive Director, the Forest Society of Maine; and author.
  • *Edward L. Kozicky; B.S., 1941 – Director of Conservation Programs, Remington Arms; Professor of Wildlife, Texas A&I University; and author.
  • *William B. Krohn; M.S., 1969 – Wildlife Administrator, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C.; Leader, Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; and author.
  • *John T. Major; M.S., 1979; Ph.D., 1983 – Director and Chief Biologist, Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Sciences, New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • *Merwin A. Marston; M.S. 1939 – Chief, Wildlife Division, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game and Head, Division of Federal Aid, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C.
  • Paul R. Nickerson; B.S., 1966 – Chief of the Endangered Species Program, Northeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • *Russell T. Norris; B.S., 1938 – Assistant Regional Director, North Atlantic Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, USFWS, Washington, D.C.
  • *Lee E. Perry; B.S., 1967 – Assistant Director, Arizona Fish and Game Department; Commissioner, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; and Director, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
  • *Jim D. Rearden; M.S., 1950 – Professor of Wildlife, University of Alaska; Fisheries Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game; outdoor editor for Alaska Magazine; and author.
  • *William L. Robinson; M.S., 1959 – Professor of Wildlife, Northern Michigan University and author.
  • *F. Victor Schmidt; B.S. 1942 – Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • *Matthew Scott; B.S., 1962 – Fisheries Biologist, Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission; Director, Maine Waste Management Agency; and Deputy Commissioner, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • *James M. Shepard; B.S., 1949 – Director, Division of Fisheries and Game, Massachusetts.
  • *Richard N. Smith; B.S., 1959 – Biologist, Animal Damage Control, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); Associate Director for Research, USFWS, Washington, D.C.; and Deputy Director USFWS, Washington, D.C.
  • *Robert B. Weeden; M.S., 1955 – Biologist, Alaska Fish and Game; Professor of Wildlife, University of Alaska; and author.
  • *Gary C. White; M.S., 1972 – Professor of Wildlife, Colorado State University and author.
  • *G. Bruce Wiersma; B.S., 1964 – Director, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory; Dean, College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture, University of Maine; and founding Director, Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, University of Maine.
  • *Pralad B. Yonzon; Ph.D., 1989 – Administrator, Nepal Department of National Parks and Wildlife and Founder, Resources Himalaya.

*Graduates with asterisks in front of their names have also received the Distinguished Wildlife Alumnus Award in the past. Future recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award will be chosen from the recipients of the Award of Professional Excellence.

Background and Need:
The University of Maine’s Forestry and Wildlife Alumni Association and the Department of Wildlife Ecology currently present one award per year, the Distinguished Wildlife Alumnus. This award is given for extraordinary, long-term, contributions to the wildlife profession and wildlife conservation. Persons receiving this award usually speak at the spring forestry/wildlife dinner held in the springtime, and honorees’ names are engraved on a plaque that resides in Nutting Hall. This award dates back to 1978, and the list of potential recipients far exceeds the rate at which this award is presented.

Given that the Wildlife Program at the University of Maine has been in existence since 1936 (with the formation of the Maine Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit), and that many accomplished professional from this program are not receiving the recognition they deserves, the Department of Wildlife Ecology has decided to initiate a second award, an Award of Professional Excellence.

The Award of Professional Excellence would be from the Department of Wildlife Ecology to recognize years of service to the profession by our former students both graduate and undergraduate. The University of Maine’s Wildlife Program (i.e., Department of Wildlife Ecology and the Maine Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit) realizes that significant numbers of students graduating from this Program that have served their profession long and well, and by doing so have honored themselves and the Program. The numbers of individuals deserving of recognition far exceed the one award per year that has been tradition. Thus, there is a need for another form of recognition, one that honors multiple people in a year.

Procedure and Criteria:
The Wildlife Alumnus Committee, consisting of graduates of the University of Maine’s Wildlife Program (including some former recipients of the Distinguished Wildlife Alumnus Award) and faculty, will review a list of graduates and recommend a set of candidates to receive the Award of Professional Excellence. Recommendations will be based on outstanding and long-term contributions to the wildlife profession, including aquatic sciences, conservation biology, fisheries, wildlife ecology, and natural resource management.

These recommendations will go to the Wildlife faculty for final approval. The Department Chair will forward a certificate of recognition to each awardee and post his/her name on the “Registry of Professional Excellence of University of Maine Wildlife Graduates” on the Department of Wildlife Ecology’s web site. This registry would include the recipient’s name and date(s) of degree (s) from the University of Maine as well as a brief statement of their achievements. Recipients of the Award of Professional Excellence will be the pool from which the recipient of the Distinguished Wildlife Alumnus Award will be selected. In general, the latter award will focus on persons in the middle of their career (except for the initial recipients, given an obvious backlog) whereas the Distinguished Wildlife Alumni Award is focused on persons toward the end of their career.

How can you nominate someone?:
Please submit your candidate’s name, with the date they graduated and the degree they received, along with a list of achievements and/or copies of resume’s, newspaper articles, journal articles, other awards received, etc. Information can be emailed to or mailed to Alumni Committee, Department of Wildlife Ecology, 5755 Nutting Hall – Room 210, Orono, ME 04469.

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