OSU profs named fellows of The Wildlife Society


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two Oregon State University faculty members from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife have been named fellows of The Wildlife Society. They will be honored this November in Hawaii at the society’s annual meeting.

Robert Anthony, a professor, and Dan Edge, head of the department, were cited by The Wildlife Society Council for “exceptional service to the wildlife profession.” Both have served the society through elected positions and service on numerous committees.

The Wildlife Society is a 10,000-member conservation organization that strives to conserve wildlife and habitats through informing resource managers of relevant scientific information. The society also serves the professional community of wildlife scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners and others.

Anthony was head of the Oregon Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit at OSU until his retirement in 2009. An OSU faculty member since 1977, he specialized in the relationship between wildlife and habitats, especially forests. His research also looks into the impacts of environmental contaminants on wildlife. He has been a lead researcher in providing scientific data on the northern spotted owl and American bald eagles.

A former president of The Wildlife Society, Anthony also has presided over the Oregon chapter of that organization. He was named by the university as a “distinguished professor” in 2009.

Edge, who has been at OSU since 1989, is vice-chair of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and president of the National Association of University Fish and Wildlife Programs. He specializes in the effects of forestry and agriculture on wildlife, and was the first Mace Professor of Watchable Wildlife at OSU. He has received three national teaching awards and is a national leader in distance education in natural resources.

Like Anthony, Edge has been president of the Oregon chapter of The Wildlife Society. He also has served as the Northwest representative to The Wildlife Society Council.

In 2007, the Chronicle of Higher Education ranked universities in both fisheries and wildlife science, and selected OSU first in the nation in wildlife science and second in fisheries science. The university also has been ranked No. 1 in conservation biology.