William Porter, Ph.D.

William Porter

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Area of Expertise:

Wildlife Conservation


Dr. William Porter was the first Boone and Crockett Chair of Wildlife Conservation in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. The Boone and Crockett Club is the oldest conservation organization in North America, and is dedicated to the conservation of all wildlife and their habitats. Dr. Porter’s research explored population dynamics and the behavioral ecology of wildlife in relation to habitat, emphasizing the application of ecological knowledge to management and conservation policy. His teaching included courses in leadership and wildlife policy at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Porter founded the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center at Michigan State University. This group of graduate students, postdoctoral research associates and faculty was dedicated to bringing cutting-edge analytical tools, effective communication, and leadership to decisions about wildlife management. Dr. Porter came to Michigan State University after a long career at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse where he was Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Director of the Adirondack Ecological Center.


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