The University Record, November 23, 1998

Crow named to Roosevelt chair at SNRE

By Joanne Nesbit
News and Information Services

The School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) has named Thomas R. Crow as its first Theodore Roosevelt Professor of Ecosystem Management.

Crow will fill this new position while maintaining his current employment (at a reduced level) as a research ecologist in the Forestry Sciences Laboratory at the USDA Forest Service North Central Forest Experiment Station in Rhinelander, Wis. Crow’s experience also includes several years at the Institute of Tropical Forestry in Puerto Rico and as a visiting scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Ecosystem management focuses on ways to maintain and restore ecological integrity while guiding appropriate human uses of natural systems and requires an understanding of the ecological and social processes affecting ecosystems. As a leader in interdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem-solving, SNRE has had an active program of teaching and research in ecosystem science, management and policy for many years.

Crow holds a B.S. in forest management from Iowa State University and an M.F. in forest biology from the U-M. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in ecology, Crow began working for the Forest Service, where he currently is leading a program of research in landscape ecology, to develop knowledge and technology for a multi-scale approach to managing natural resources for diverse human needs.

Crow will teach “Ecosystem Management” during winter term. He says the course will focus on the practical, scientific and intellectual bases of the concept of ecosystem management through time. “Given the current demands on our natural resources,” Crow says, “we can no longer give attention to individual species or locations, but must reach out to managers through cooperation, integration and coordination on a national and international basis.”


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