Biology Professor Brian Arbogast Named Chair of the American Society of Mammalogists Conservation Committee

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Brian Arbogast, professor in the Department of Biology, has been named chair of the American Society of Mammalogists Conservation Committee.

The Conservation Committee is one of the oldest and most active committees in the society, and is responsible for the promotion of conservation and welfare of natural populations of land mammals.

“I’m very excited to be the new chair of this committee, especially now when we are facing so many challenges to preserve biodiversity,” said Arbogast, who has been a member of the society since 1992.

Arbogast is a long-standing member of the Conservation Committee. In 2004, while an assistant professor at Humboldt State University in Northern California, he hosted the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Mammalogists.  One duty of society members is to provide information for public policy, resources management, conservation and education.

“The ASM Conservation Committee is very active in writing position letters and resolutions that emphasize the scientific basis for proposed actions under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, as well as educating the public about conservation issues affecting mammals on both the national and international level,” Arbogast said.

The society hosts annual meetings and maintains several publications as well as a mammal images library. It was established in 1919 for the purpose of promoting interest in the study of mammals, and currently has approximately 2,500 members.

-- Venita Jenkins



Brian Arbogast

Biology professor Brian Arbogast