Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award 2016
Brian Crawford, a recent doctoral graduate in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, is recognized for his dissertation, which integrated creative field research, ecological population modeling, assessments of stakeholder attitudes toward management and stakeholder-based structured decision-making. He was instrumental in the development of a conservation plan for diamondback terrapins, which are killed by the thousands on the causeways to Georgia’s barrier islands. His research, combined with his willingness to understand the priorities and needs of various stakeholders, resulted in the first-in-the-nation “smart” warning system for wildlife, which alerts motorists when turtles are most likely to appear on the road. Crawford is continuing his work as a postdoctoral researcher in the Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.