Dr. Leonard Brennan has been honored by The Wildlife Society after more than 30 years of membership.
During the group’s annual conference, he was named a Fellow.
Although Brennan has been working in the wildlife field for many years, he now calls Texas A&M University-Kingsville home. He is a professor in the animal, rangeland and wildlife sciences department in the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences. He also holds
the C.C. Winn Endowed Chair in the Richard M. Kleberg Jr. Center for Quail Research.
“It is extremely gratifying to be recognized as a Wildlife Society Fellow. It is one of the most prestigious awards given by
the leading professional society in the wildlife field,” Brennan said. “This is an extremely important recognition for both programs where I work at A&M-Kingsville. It means that we provide service of national and international significance to the wildlife profession.”
Fewer than 100 members of The Wildlife Society’s 10,000 members have been recognized as a Fellow. The award recognizes members who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to the wildlife profession. Fellows serve as ambassadors and are encouraged to engage in outreach and other activities that will benefit and promote The Wildlife Society and the wildlife profession.
“Being named a Fellow by The Wildlife Society shows the tremendous contribution Dr. Brennan has made to the wildlife profession,” said Dr. Allen Rasmussen, dean of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences. “This is a reflection of the importance of this total collection of work from his research, service and leadership in the wildlife profession.
“This also means that our students have the opportunity to work with a faculty member who has worldwide recognition for work in advancing his field.”
“It is a signal honor to be recognized as a Fellow in any professional society,” said Dr. Fred Bryant, professor and Leroy G. Denman, Jr. Endowed Director of Wildlife Research. “We are very proud of Lenny and his many accomplishments on behalf of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.”
Brennan earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from The Evergreen State College in Washington. He received his master’s degree in natural resources-wildlife from Humboldt State University in California and his doctorate in wildland resource science-wildlife ecology from University of California, Berkley.
Since coming to Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2001, he has raised more than $3 million in funding for quail and avian ecology research. He has compiled and edited Texas Quails: Ecology and Management, a landmark reference book published by the Texas A&M University Press.
Brennan is co-author of more than 190 presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences and has been published in more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
He received the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Teaching and Research from his college and three Distinguished Publication Awards from The Wildlife Society-Texas Chapter for Best Scientific-Technical Paper. Brennan won the Distinguished Publication Award-Special Category from the Society of Range Management-Texas Section for his book.
Prior to coming to Texas A&M-Kingsville, Brennan was director of research at the Tall Timbers Research Station in Florida, research scientist for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University and Habitat Ecology Consultant for The Chukar Foundation in Boise, Idaho.
The Wildlife Society was founded in 1937 and is a non-profit scientific and educational association of over 10,000 professional wildlife biologists and managers, dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. The group’s mission is to represent and serve the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners and others who work actively to study, manage and conserve wildlife and its habitats worldwide.