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NSF Grant Looks at Genetic Diversity

two mallards

Professor Michael Schummer of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is a co-principal investigator for a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from ESF, the University of Texas El Paso, Mississippi State University, Smithsonian Institute, and Illinois Natural History that has received nearly $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study genetic diversity in North Ameri

Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker

A Kennedy chair project on evaluating the efficacy of marsh terraces is featured on the Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker. Visit the tracker at

Delta Waterfowl Hunt Program

Delta Waterfowl Hunt Program students

The weather was cold, clear and breezy for the Delta Waterfowl Mississippi State University Hunt Program this past weekend, but everyone had a good time and learned more about the role waterfowl hunting plays in wildlife conservation. Students participated in two clay shooting events, a mentored hunt, a waterfowl presentation, and demonstrations on concealment, calling, and decoy strategies. Thank

James C. Kennedy Biography

James C. Kennedy

James C. Kennedy BioMr. James C. Kennedy generously established the James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture of the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University in September 2008. This chair is the first in the College, and one of the largest endowments at MSU. Kennedy’s gift sustains in perpetuity the teaching, research, and outreach program in waterfowl and wetlands ecology and conservation at MSU.

Kennedy was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Denver. Currently, he is chairman of Cox Enterprises Inc., a leading media company and provider of automotive services. He has been employed by Cox since 1972.

Kennedy is a fervent conservationist of waterfowl and other wildlife habitat. He serves on the board of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and served as President of Wetlands American Trust for 15 years. His deep love and respect for waterfowl and wetlands are well known nationally and internationally.

Kennedy's extraordinary generosity has conserved many thousands of acres of wetlands and associated habitats in Mississippi and across North America. He remarked about establishing the Chair at MSU, "The endowed chair is a way that I can give back and ensure that future generations will have waterfowl and wetlands, and people to study and steward these tremendous natural resources. Considering the serious decline in university-based waterfowl and wetlands programs in the U.S. and Canada, establishing this Chair at MSU, where a prominent program already exists, was important and essential."

Kennedy was recently honored by Ducks Unlimited with the Private Citizen Award as part of the organization's 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards. Kennedy is noted as a lifelong conservationist and philanthropist dedicated to the future of wetlands and waterfowl across North America. In 2003, he and wife Sarah were recognized as the Philanthropists of the Year by the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Fund-raising Professionals in recognition of their many generous contributions.

When not in Atlanta, the Kennedy's enjoy hunting and other outdoor activities on their lands protected by permanent conservation easements through Ducks Unlimited, Inc.