Texas Tech Professor Named To Conservation Board

Written by Cory Chandler

News Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 11, 2006
CONTACT: Cory Chandler, cory.chandler@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech professor Dr. Loren Smith has been named to represent Texas in a three-year term on The Nature Conservancy’s 21-member Board of Trustees.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading international, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving plants, animals and natural communities. Its Conservation by Design concept identifies priority areas that promise to ensure biodiversity over the long term.

Smith, a Caesar Kleberg Professor of Wildlife Ecology for Texas Tech’s Department of Range, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, has studied various aspects of wetland ecology, especially the approximately 25,000 playa lakes that dot the Great Plains.

He has published more than 140 peer reviewed research papers in field and ecosystem ecology, edited several books and symposia, and written two books. He also is past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Wildlife Management.

His wetlands research book “Playas of the Great Plains” won the 2004 Outstanding Book Award from the Wildlife Society and first prize in Texas Tech’s President’s Book Award in 2005. He also has received an outstanding publication award from the Wildlife Society for the edited book “Habitat Management for Migrating and Wintering Waterfowl in North America.”

Past conservancy board members from Texas Tech include former chancellor John T. Montford and former president Dr. David Schmidly.

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CONTACT: Loren Smith, Kleberg Professor of wildlife ecology, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2842, or l.m.smith@ttu.edu.