Colorado State University will honor David R. Anderson, emeritus professor of fishery and wildlife biology, as the 2006 Warner College of Natural Resources Honor Alumnus at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner on Feb. 17.
Anderson is a leader in the academic and scientific advancement of global wildlife population measurement and interpretation.
Anderson ran the Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, an agency operated by the federal government based at Colorado State, for 19 years. The agency conducts research on the management of fishery and wildlife resources, educates fishery and wildlife biologists at the graduate level and provides technical assistance to conservation groups.
In addition to working with various types of animals such as bats and fish and contributing to numerous books and monographs, Anderson also taught various courses within the Warner College of Natural Resources, influencing students and colleagues by sharing his knowledge and research.
In 2004, Anderson received the 55th Aldo Leopold Memorial Award from The Wildlife Society, an organization of students and professionals in wildlife fields. The award is the highest honor given by The Wildlife Society and is considered the ultimate recognition for a professional wildlife ecologist. Anderson also has been awarded The Wildlife Society Publication of the Year an unprecedented four times.
Anderson graduated from Colorado State in 1964 with a degree in wildlife management and received his master’s in wildlife biology from the Warner College of Natural Resources in 1967. He received his doctorate from the University of Maryland.