Wildlife Society leader opens Carlton Owen lecture series


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Posted: 9/20/2011


The president of The Wildlife Society will be the featured speaker Thursday [Sept. 22] at Mississippi State’s 2011 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Tom Ryder is wildlife management coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish. His public presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of Thompson Hall.

The Owen Lecture Series was established nearly two decades ago in the university’s College of Forest Resources by the Greenville, S.C., resident and 1974 MSU graduate for whom it is named. The program focuses on natural resource conservation issues.

Ryder has held a number of positions over his nearly three decades with the Wyoming department. Currently, he supervises the region’s terrestrial wildlife programs—mammals, birds, snakes, and turtles.

A Dubuque, Iowa native, he completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming.

Founded in 1937, The Wildlife Society is an international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education.

Ryder has been an active society member for more than 30 years, previously serving as Wyoming Chapter president. He has been honored by the organization with numerous awards for contributions to wildlife management.

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