Campus: CSU, Stanislaus -- March 26, 2001
Dan Williams Honored For Conservation Efforts
State University, Stanislaus Zoology Professor Dan Williams, who has
done extensive work with a number of rare and endangered animals and
plants in the San Joaquin Valley, has been honored by the Western Section
of the Wildlife Society.
Williams received the Section's Conservationist of the Year Award during
its recent annual meeting. The award focuses on outstanding contributions
to wildlife conservation.
A member of the CSU Stanislaus faculty since 1971, Williams has maintained
an active research program on endangered species of the San Joaquin
His research projects have focused primarily on kangaroo rats, blunt-nosed
leopard lizards, riparian brush rabbits, riparian woodrats, San Joaquin
kit foxes, and a number of other species and plants.
Many of these species are on the road to recovery or have solid conservation
strategies in action on their behalf as a result of Williams's commitment
Much of his work is done in remote areas far away from the classroom,
where examples of his research are put to use by students.
Williams's extensive research for the California Department of Fish
and Game, one of millions of dollars in grant programs that Williams
oversees, has resulted in a number of rare species being listed as threatened
or endangered. He launched a successful grant proposal to the state
Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 1992 to
establish the San Joaquin Valley Endangered Species Recovery Program
(ESRP) in Fresno and followed that up with the Recovery Plan for Upland
Species of the San Joaquin Valley. He has also served as principal investigator
on numerous ongoing conservation research projects in the region.
The program's mission is to facilitate endangered species recovery and
resolve conservation conflicts through scientifically based recovery
planning and implementation. It is the aim of the program to work in
a public-private partnership to achieve an environmentally sound, economically
feasible, and socially equitable recovery of endangered and threatened
Colleagues note that Williams has taught many conservation-oriented
courses at CSU Stanislaus and instilled in his students an appreciation
for nature, ecology and conservation.
The Wildlife Society is an international nonprofit scientific and educational
organization of nearly 10,000 members, serving professionals in all
areas of wildlife ecology, conservation, and management.