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Westfield State University Professor John McDonald appointed president of The Wildlife Society

Westfield—John E. McDonald Jr., Ph.D., associate professor of Environmental Science at Westfield State University, has been appointed president of The Wildlife Society (TWS), an international organization that addresses issues that affect the status of wildlife in North America and throughout the world.

McDonald, also a TWS fellow, will serve a one-year term which began in September. TWS boasts a membership of nearly 10,000 scientists, most of whom study wildlife populations and habitats. As president, his primary goal is to raise visibility on both the local and national levels.

McDonald is associate editor of three publications, Wildlife Society Bulletin, Journal of Wildlife Management, and Ursus. He has published and presented extensively in his field. As a former wildlife research specialist with the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), McDonald administered Federal Aid in wildlife restoration grants and state wildlife grants to 13 states in the FWS Northeast Region.

The former chair of the university’s Department of Environmental Science, McDonald has taught at Westfield State since 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest Resource Management from Virginia Tech and master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State. He also earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from UMass-Amherst.