Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Dr. Steve Demarais Presents Killam Lecture On White-Tailed Deer

KINGSVILLE - April 17, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Steve Demarais
Dr. Steven Demarais

Dr. Steven Demarais, professor in the department of wildlife and fisheries at Mississippi State University, will present the annual Killam Lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The lecture will be held at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center, located in the Tio and Janell Kleberg Wildlife Research Park, adjacent to campus on Corral Street.

Demarais will talk about Antlers: A Target and Tool of Management for White-tailed Deer. His lecture will deal with the role of genetics in white-tailed deer management, currently a hot topic among land managers. Scientists are continually learning more about the role that genetics play in white-tailed deer populations. Demarais will present the latest research and wildlife management applications.

Demarais earned his bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Massachusetts and his masters and doctoral degrees in wildlife ecology from Mississippi State University. His research interests include ecology and management of white-tailed deer and impacts of land management decisions on wildlife populations.

He received The Wildlife Society’s Publication Award for Outstanding Article and their Best Edited Book award for the book Ecology and Management of Large Mammals in North America.

The Killam Deer Lecture was established by an endowment gift from David Killam, a prominent South Texas businessman and landowner that cares about wildlife and wild places in the region. Killam is currently a member of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute Advisory Board. The endowment was established to allow CKWRI to stay on the cutting edge in wildlife conservation and management.

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