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Two Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (FWCB) professors have been awarded the highest honors in the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences!  Drs. Greg Cope and Ken Pollock are the newest William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professors.  These endowed professorships recognize “great scholars, great teachers, great scientists, and great interpreters.”

These two professors are internationally renowned leaders and represent over a half-century of experience and service in the field of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.  Below are some highlights of their respective accomplishments that support this great recognition.  Our students in FWCB are fortunate to have such talented and respected faculty to serve as teachers and mentors, and we faculty enjoy their collegiality.  Congratulations to Greg and Ken on this well-deserved honor!

New professors

Two new NCSU Reynolds Distinguished Professors, Ken Pollock and Greg Cope. Pictured (L-R) are Applied Ecology Department Head, Harry Daniels; current Distinguished Professor, JoAnn Burkholder; and our two newest Distinguished Professors, Ken Pollock and Greg Cope.

Dr. Greg Cope.—Dr. Cope’s works in toxicology research, teaching, and extension have led to major advances in the science, conservation, and management of endangered freshwater fauna; strengthened national environmental policy with benefit to all Americans; and major progress in agromedicine and health and safety protection of farmworkers across the state, nation, and world.  He directs the single largest university program worldwide that is dedicated to understanding and mitigating the effects of toxic pollutants on sentinel imperiled freshwater mussels and fish.  His research team’s contributions have been highlighted by scientific societies and by a wide array of state and federal resource agencies.  He has published over 120 scholarly papers, books, and book chapters associated with his research and extension programs and has mentored 25 graduate students and served on another 30 graduate committees.  Under his leadership as Coordinator of the NC Agromedicine Institute, agromedicine programs have substantially improved the occupational health safety of rural populations involved in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.  Dr. Cope exemplifies the highest level of excellence as a scholar, scientist, teacher, and interpreter, and also has an outstanding record of service to his college, university, state, and country.

Dr. Ken Pollock.—As an internationally recognized authority on the application of mark-recapture theory to real-world problems in wildlife conservation, Dr. Pollock has developed sampling methodologies that are used throughout the world in game and non-game fisheries and wildlife research and management.  He has advised and trained 65 graduate students, and served on over 250 graduate student committees in his 30+ years at NCSU.  Many of these students have gone on to leadership positions in academia, private industry, and with fisheries and wildlife management agencies where they have applied their training to the management of species as diverse as striped-bass, terrestrial salamanders, migratory songbirds, and endangered species such as Florida manatees and Cape Fear shiners.  Dr. Pollock is the author or co-author of five books and over 200 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of applied wildlife ecology and statistics, several of which have received prestigious national and international awards from the Wildlife Society, the American Statistical Association, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  His scholarly and academic accomplishments have had an enormous impact on his field of research and our society.