William Porter, Ph.D.
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation
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Dr. William Porter is 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. His research explores population dynamics and the behavioral ecology of wildlife in relation to habitat, emphasizing the application of ecological knowledge to management and conservation policy. He and his students focus on game-changing issues in conservation now reshaping wildlife conservation: land-use change affecting habitats, emerging diseases in wildlife, shifting patterns in weather and climate, and changing conservation policy. His teaching includes courses in leadership and wildlife policy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Current courses explore the issue of wolf restoration in US upper Great Lakes and northern Rocky Mountains, and the role of leadership in ensuring a future for wildlife conservation.
Dr. Porter leads the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center at Michigan State University. This group of graduate students, postdoctoral research associates and faculty is dedicated to bringing cutting-edge analytical tools, effective communication and leadership to decisions about wildlife management. He comes 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.