Brent Rudolph

Brent Rudolph

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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife


Employment: Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever

Biography: Brent Rudolph joined the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society (RGS & AWS) as Director of Conservation Policy in June 2017, to work directly with the administration, Congress, state agencies and legislatures, and other organization and industry partners to support policies and programs to promote healthy forests, abundant wildlife, and a conservation ethic. Brent now serves as Chief Conservation and Legislative Officer, entrusted to serve on the Leadership Team, provide strategic direction and budgetary oversight of conservation and management programs, and aid with a transition of conservation staff from Regional Biologists to Forest Conservation Directors – while continuing to direct and expand RGS & AWS policy, advocacy, and government relations operations.

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 coauthor of three book chapters and more than two dozen peerreviewed articles and technical reports.