Texas A&M University-Kingsville Rasmussen, Wester win rangeland awards
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Rasmussen, Wester win rangeland awards

Posted on Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Two members of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville have received prestigious awards from the Society of Range Management at their state meeting held recently in Corpus Christi.

Dr. G. Allen Rasmussen, dean of the college, was recipient of the Fellow Award. He received his award for the significant contributions he made to the Society for Range Management. 

Dr. Rasmussen
Dr. Wester

Dr. David B. Wester, professor and research scientist in the animal, rangeland and wildlife sciences department, received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Research and Academia. 

Rasmussen has served in a wide range of elected positions within the society, including Advisory Council, Board of Directors and President, First and Second Vice President at the section and parent society levels. He has been member and chair of numerous committees.

 He also has made important contributions to rangeland education. He has worked across the country and internationally to improve the understanding of rangeland management. Rasmussen has focused on the use of prescribed fire and restoration of rangelands, helping to ensure people properly apply these tools in their stewardship of rangelands.

Rasmussen helped people work together managing rangelands by starting the first conflict mediation course for natural resources at Utah State University.

As dean of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences at Texas A&M-Kingsville, he is leading the effort to continue the substantial growth of the rangeland management program. He also works to advance the art and science of range management in North America and worldwide.

Wester has made contributions to range management in a unique area by advancing the use of statistics in analysis of data from rangeland studies. The ability to design rangeland experiments appropriately and select the correct approach to data analysis is critical to rangeland science.

Range science would have made few advances during the past 40 years without scientists, like Wester, that have strong statistical background and understanding of range science. 

One of his greatest contributions has been working with numerous graduate students in designing and analyzing their research. Wester’s work is essential in order for students to publish their data and increase our knowledge of range science. 

Wester has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications in the field. He also has advanced the knowledge of wildfires and prescribed fire on rangelands.


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