SNRE Faculty Honored for Wildlife and Fisheries Work

(courtesy of University of Arizona Conservation Research Laboratory)
(courtesy of University of Arizona Conservation Research Laboratory)

John Koprowski and Scott Bonar, School of Natural Resources and the Environment faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, were honored on February 7, 2014 for significant contributions to fish and wildlife research.

A professor of wildlife and fisheries science, Koprowski received the Outstanding Professional Service Award from the Arizona Chapter of The Wildlife Society. He was honored for his contributions for the conservation and management of wildlife.

Since joining the University of Arizona in 2000, Koprowski has offered courses in ecology, conservation of mammals and the challenges of wildlife management in the “sky islands” of the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. His research program centers on endangered and threatened species and ecosystems undergoing rapid change. Koprowski directs the UA’s Mt. Graham Red Squirrel Monitoring Program

Scott Bonar was named Professional of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. He is a U.S. Geological Survey Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Service Research scientist and an associate professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Bonar was recognized for his efforts in conservation and management of southwestern fisheries.

USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit efforts focus on the management and conservation of fish and wildlife in the Southwest. Bonar and his team are researching native-nonnative fish interactions, aquatic habitat, captive breeding of rare fishes and methods for sampling North American freshwater species.

“Dr. Koprowski and Dr. Bonar’s research efforts have been instrumental in achieving a better understanding of the environmental impacts of drought, fire, and human activity on threatened and endangered species and the conservation of arid and semi-arid ecosystems,” said Stuart Marsh, director of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.

He also noted that both faculty have played a crucial role in providing opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students to be engaged in research experiences while at the University of Arizona.

The awards were presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona and New Mexico Chapters of The Wildlife Society and the Arizona/New Mexico Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. The meeting was held in Pinetop, Ariz.

Date released: 
Mar 10 2014
Contact: 
Stuart Marsh