Dr. Bart Ballard, professor and research scientist at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was recently nominated during the 2016 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards, during the 81st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA.
The award, presented by Ducks Unlimited, was given to Ballard in lieu of all of his research focused on waterfowl and wetland biology research, as well as his studies concentrated on the conservation of numerous wetland birds.
Ballard received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M-College Station and Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s joint program, and is currently a professor and research scientist in the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.
Ballard’s current research is primarily focused on the management of birds, with a focus on waterfowl as well as other waterbird. He currently serves as the C. Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence Endowed Chair in Waterfowl Research at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute as well.
Ballard spoke with Ducks Unlimited, and had this to say about his prestigious nomination:
“I’m honored to be recognized by such a prestigious conservation organization and deeply moved to have been nominated by some of my former students. My accomplishments are the result of collaborations with many students and colleagues over the years and they share this award with me. I am grateful to have been engaged with so many dedicated and passionate conservationalists.”
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