Gary Roloff, Ph.D.
Area of Expertise:
Effects of natural and human disturbances on wildlife and biodiversity
I have been a faculty member at Michigan State University (MSU) in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife since 2005. Prior to MSU, I worked for 11 years as a Wildlife Management Specialist for Boise Cascade Corporation. Boise Cascade Corporation, at the time I was hired, was a wood and paper products company that owned approximately 3.2 million acres in the United States. My primary responsibilities were focused on the timberlands that were “integrated” with the mills (i.e., the mills relied on wood fiber from the timberlands). My responsibilities included incorporating wildlife and biodiversity into the strategic planning process of the company, threatened and endangered species management and planning, research in support of wildlife and forest management, and forest stewardship certification. I was lucky enough to work in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Minnesota, Alabama, Louisiana, and Maine, working with some outstanding colleagues and learning about a variety of ecosystems.
Given my 11 years’ experience working in the timber and paper products industry, I brought many practical experiences and contacts to MSU. My research laboratory focuses on applied questions with direct relevance to on-the-ground conservation. My MSU appointment is directly funded by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) – Wildlife Division but I work closely with multiple divisions within MDNR (i.e., Forest Resources Division and Parks and Recreation Division). I also maintain close ties to the forest products and paper industry, continuing to do research that better positions the industry to meet the challenges and consumer demands for conserving wildlife while staying globally competitive.
I expect students entering my lab to work hard and ethically, serve as engaged citizens in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU, professionally represent my lab to our external partners, and to work collaboratively with the lab team. I have a hands-off management style, but I like to stay informed and engaged in lab projects as they develop and are implemented. Once we agree on a task or assignment, I expect it to be completed to the best of your professional abilities; I have limited tolerance for excuses and simply expect that the work gets done. I fully encourage and support the involvement of students in my lab with The Wildlife Society or other professional organizations that are relevant to the student or the project. Although I tend to hire students to work on specific projects, I also recognize that graduate school is a professional development opportunity for students and will work with each student to build the skill set that will make you marketable and successful in your careers.
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Roloff receives Legacy Award from the Michigan Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Published on March 27, 2023
Michigan State University and USGS team up in state-federal partnership for fishery and wildlife science
Published on November 3, 2022
Save the umbrella for a rainy day: an alternative way forward for conservation
Published on May 10, 2022
Northern Hardwood Study Collaboration with MSU and MDNR Extended
Published on January 24, 2022
MSU part of new center leading climate change research in Midwest
Published on September 29, 2021
CANR names Roloff to lead Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Published on November 17, 2020
Gary Roloff: Increasing academic opportunities
Published on September 25, 2020
Partnership between MSU, Sault Tribe encourages tribe members to consider pursuing natural resources careers
Published on September 15, 2020
You Belong Here Champion Award winners announced
Published on May 1, 2020