Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Brent Rudolph joined the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society (RGS/AWS) as Director of Conservation Policy in June 2017. He works directly with the administration, Congress, and other organization and industry partners to promote policies and programs that enhance young forest wildlife habitats and sustain sporting traditions. Brent also assumed the position of RGS/AWS Interim Director of Conservation Programs in January 2018, through which he supervises and coordinates activities of the Regional Biologists and two RGS/AWS Forest Wildlife Specialists – relatively new positions in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that develop young forest habitat on private lands.
Prior to joining RGS/AWS, Brent worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) for nearly 18 years. He held various positions, responsible for managing wildlife habitats and populations, coordinating policy and public engagement, overseeing the wildlife agreement under the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management program with Michigan State University (MSU), and running a research program tasked with integrating insights from social sciences and wildlife ecology.
Brent earned a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife from MSU while employed with MDNR, through which he examined factors affecting hunters’ trust in the agency and compliance and cooperation with bovine tuberculosis eradication policies. His prior degrees included a M.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a B.S. in Biology from Ohio Northern University. He holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, where he works especially closely with the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center and research pertaining to human dimensions and conservation criminology, and is a co‐author of three book chapters and more than two dozen peer‐reviewed articles and technical reports.