The Wildlife Society’s Executive Director/CEO since 2005, Michael Hutchins, is currently an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland's Graduate Program in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology and an affiliate professor at George Mason University’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1984, where he studied the behavioral ecology of free ranging, introduced population of Rocky Mountain goats in Olympic National Park. In addition, he taught courses in animal behavior at the University of Washington and, during the 1980’s, became Coordinator of Research at the New York Zoological Park. He served as Director/William Conway Chair of Conservation and Science for the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums for 15 years.
Michael has traveled to six continents and 35 countries pursuing his interests in wildlife management and conservation, given numerous presentations, and published nearly 250 books and articles on related topics, many peer reviewed. During his time at TWS, he has presided over unprecedented growth in the organization, going from 7,400-and-dropping in 2005 to nearly 11,000 members today.
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