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Frostburg State University’s Thomas Serfass Named Wildlife Society Fellow
03/24/2015

Frostburg State University’s Thomas Serfass Named Wildlife Society Fellow

Dr. Thomas L. Serfass, chair of Frostburg State University’s Department of Biology and Natural Resources, has been named a lifetime fellow of The Wildlife Society.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for years of work and reintroducing wildlife and contributing to the profession,” Serfass said.

Serfass, a professor of wildlife ecology, was among 10 individuals named as the latest TWS Fellows. He is a renowned international expert in the design, implementation and evaluation of wildlife restoration programs, including mesocarnivores, particularly river otters.

The Fellows Program at The Wildlife Society, a North American organization based in Bethesda, Md., looks for society members in good standing that have been part of the organization for at least 10 years; that have been active in TWS at the section, chapter, working group or parent TWS level; and that have a distinguished professional record that includes significant contributions to wildlife resources and the profession.

“Some of the award winners are from the most prominent wildlife universities in the country,” Serfass said. “This award demonstrates the quality of the wildlife conservation programs here at Frostburg State University and the Department of Biology and Natural Resources.”

Fellows serve as ambassadors for the society and encourage outreach and other activities to benefit and promote TWS and the wildlife profession.

“Tom is an active and dedicated TWS member who supports the overall mission and vision of the society. He promotes a high standard of professional ethics and is committed to the development of conservation and management initiatives based on sound scientific principles,” according to The Wildlife Society. “Tom has dedicated his professional life to wildlife conservation and has distinguished himself as a leader in our profession.”

Among Serfass’ current research is a study in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem to assess the potential of using the river otter to promote aquatic conservation around Yellowstone National Park.

Serfass is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science – Appalachian Laboratory. He earned his doctorate in wildlife and fisheries science from Pennsylvania State University in 1994.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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