MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 1, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held
in Arlington, Va., at the Crystal Gateway Hyatt. This year's recipient in the Research/Technical category is Dr. James D. Nichols.
A highly respected international expert in quantitative ecology and wildlife population management, Nichols is currently a senior scientist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) in Laurel, Md.
"Throughout his career, Jim has worked closely with the waterfowl research and management communities at all levels, from refuge managers to Ducks Unlimited biologists," said DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt. "He has unselfishly extended his expertise to help resolve some of the most difficult questions facing North America's waterfowl resources. His professional dedication and untiring efforts to provide advice and assistance to waterfowl resource management have spanned nearly four decades and have influenced the thinking of not only field biologists and resource managers, but agency administrators and directors as well."
Nichols has spent the last 36 years working in conservation at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Geological Survey and PWRC.
"Dr. Nichols' down-to-earth demeanor and unique ability to communicate complex problems and solutions continue to benefit countless professionals in natural resources conservation and management," said Robert Blohm, retired former chief of the USFWS Division of Migratory Bird Management. "His mentoring of individuals of all levels – from high school students to postdoctoral fellows – has helped ensure a steady stream of well-qualified researchers and managers into the field of natural resources conservation."
Nichols is also a prolific writer. He has authored numerous manuscripts, reports, books and chapters on a broad spectrum of topics related to animal population dynamics. His longstanding philosophy of science-based conservation and management has significantly enhanced the conservation world's collective abilities to sustain North America's natural and waterfowl resources for future generations to enjoy.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.