6328-Former National Park Service and U. S. Forest Service Scientist to head up Zoo & Wildlife Biology Program at Malone University
6328-April 25, 2012
Dean of the College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences Nate Phinney, Ph.D.at Malone University announced today that Leslie Hay, Ph.D., has been named the director of the University's Wildlife Biology Program.
According to Dr. Phinney, "The department is extremely excited about the wealth of experiences, contacts, and opportunities that Dr. Hay brings to the department. She brings significant leadership experience to the position, and Malone is very excited that she will be joining us next fall."
Dr. Hay has a B.S. in environmental sciences and biology from Western Washington University, an M.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from the College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Range Sciences at the University of Idaho. She is currently the executive director of Terra-Link – an organization that links conservation initiatives with local communities to enhance wildlands and wildlife protection.
Dr. Hay has served as a government scientist with the National Park Service and the U. S. Forest Service, and early in her career has also worked for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She has international experience, particularly in Central and South America, and has been an Organization of American States Fellow in Belize, in which capacity she directed a wildlife conservation project with local Mayan communities.
She continues to lead undergraduates in tropical studies and ecology projects at the Las Cruces Biological Research Station in Costa Rica and in the past has worked for The Nature Conservancy and the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission. Her field research focus has been on small, meso and large mammals, and her wildlife research projects have included: radio-tracking of wolves in Alaska, mongoose in Hawaii, and Florida manatees; behavioral ecology of small mammals in Florida; tracking meso to large mammals in Belize and Costa Rica; camera-trapping of large carnivores with the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon; echo-location monitoring of Hawaiian Hoary bats; and ecological research on large fruit bats in American Samoa. She has engaged in research with birds and some reptiles, primarily focused on species diversity and distribution. Dr. Hay has also conducted research on human perspectives on wildlife with indigenous peoples in Latin America, as well as native Hawaiians.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.
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