Ducks Unlimited (DU) is pleased to name Kevin Ringelman, associate professor at the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Renewable Natural Resources, the recipient of this year’s H. Dale Hall Ducks Unlimited Endowed Professorship in Wetlands and Waterfowl Conservation.
DU and other partners, in cooperation with the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources and the LSU AgCenter, established the H. Dale Hall Ducks Unlimited Endowed Professorship in Wetlands and Waterfowl Conservation endowment to perpetuate a faculty position in the school to support excellence in teaching, research, and public service in waterfowl ecology, waterfowl habitat management, or wetlands conservation.
"Ducks Unlimited has been an integral research partner since I started at LSU,” said Ringelman. “This professorship helps ensure that waterfowl science remains a priority at LSU, and it's my honor to represent the legacy of Dale Hall and the Ducks Unlimited conservation mission."
Ringelman, who has pursued waterfowl science since 2007 when he attended graduate school at the University of California, Davis, has an impressive background. This includes 30 peer-reviewed papers on the subject and 60 conference abstracts. Since starting at the LSU AgCenter in 2014, his grants in support of waterfowl research exceed $1.6 million, including substantial financial support directly from DU.
“This is an amazing opportunity to honor Dale Hall for his service to Ducks Unlimited by encouraging and supporting the next generation of waterfowl biologists,” said Chad Manlove, DU’s Managing Director of Development. “We are thrilled to recognize Dr. Ringelman as the first recipient of the H. Dale Hall Ducks Unlimited Endowed Professorship as he continues important waterfowl research at LSU.”
H. Dale Hall graduated from LSU’s School of Renewable Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture with an MS in Fisheries in 1979. He had a 31-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and served the last four years as director after a nomination by President George W. Bush. He served nine years as CEO of Ducks Unlimited, where he envisioned and executed a $2.4 billion comprehensive campaign for wetlands conservation, the largest of its kind in the history of natural resource conservation.