During his career at Cornell, Paul Curtis has been leading voice on nuisance wildlife problems and his proactive approach to engage groups and individuals dealing with wildlife management challenges.
Curtis, associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources, received the Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach Award from Dean Kathryn J. Boor '80 in a ceremony Oct. 30 celebrating research, extension and staff excellence.
For the past 27 years, Curtis has coordinated the Wildlife Damage Management Program for Cornell Cooperative Extension. He is the founding president of the Wildlife Damage Management Working Group, one of the oldest, largest and most active working groups of the Wildlife Society. He is also a certified wildlife biologist with the Wildlife Society and co-author of the National Wildlife Control Training Program books and online course.
In addition to obtaining frequent and significant funding, he has been a contact with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on topics such as human-wildlife conflicts in suburban, forested and agricultural landscapes; animal behavior; population analysis; wildlife fertility control; wildlife diseases; and resolving community-based wildlife issues. He shares his expertise through presentations across the state, bringing programming that is relevant and science-based for the citizens of New York state.
"Paul’s work exemplifies the Cornell CALS mission to impact the lives of New York citizens through purpose-driven science," Boor said at the event.
The Outstanding Accomplishment in Extension/Outreach Award recognizes leadership in developing a highly innovative and responsive program that addresses stakeholder needs. Such programs benefit a significant segment of the population or an important area of the state.
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