Work of MSU deer biologist honored by international society


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Posted: 4/30/2010


Stephen Demarais of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of The Wildlife Society.

A professor in the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center, he is being honored by the professional organization for his work on white-tailed deer biology and management.

"Dr. Demarais is a nationally recognized deer biologist who strives to ensure that management of wildlife is through science-based research," said Bruce Leopold, head of MSU's wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture department.

"A major example would be his work in white-tailed deer management strategies, which has been adopted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks," Leopold noted.

Demarais is a University of Massachusetts graduate and completed master’s and doctoral degrees at MSU. Prior to 12 years on the Starkville campus, he served on the faculty of Texas Tech University.

He has received more than $3.7 million in extramural research funding to study an array of wildlife species. In addition to white-tailed deer, these have included the northern bobwhite and loggerhead shrikes, as well as various reptiles, rodents and insects.

Founded in 1937, The Wildlife Society is an international scientific and educational organization representing more than 9,100 wildlife professionals.

A certified wildlife biologist, Demarais has held numerous leadership positions with the Bethesda, Md.-based organization and received several of its other career recognitions.

Wildlife and Fisheries