Deer researchers at the University of Georgia were honored by their wildlife peers at a recent statewide event.
Several students, all members of the UGA Deer Lab at the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, received awards for their research presentations while professor Karl V. Miller received a career-level award. The honors took place during the annual Georgia Chapter meeting of The Wildlife Society earlier this month at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.
Miller, one of the country’s top deer researchers, received the Jenkins-Crockford-Hayes Wildlife Conservation Award, which honors wildlife professionals who have made significant impacts over their career in areas including research and management techniques and contributions to students and professionals across the state and across the country.
The award comes one year after he received the C. W. Watson Award from the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the career achievement award from the Southeast Deer Study Group. Miller is also recipient of the Joe Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award from the Quality Deer Management Association for his work advancing white-tailed deer research and management.
Along with Miller’s honor, Jordan Dyal was recognized for presenting the best student poster, while Zach Wesner and James Hunt were recognized with the first and second place student presentations, respectively. Also, Jackie Rosenberger and Wesner received travel grants for winning an essay writing contest associated with the meeting. Dyal, Wesner and Rosenberger are all master’s students working with assistant professor Gino D’Angelo in the UGA Deer Lab.