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UNCW Professor Chosen to Head Committee

WILMINGTON — University of North Carolina Wilmington biology professor Brian Arbogast was selected to serve as chair of the American Society of Mammalogists conservation committee, the university announced last week.

Brian Arborgast

At about 2,500 current members, the American Society of Mammologists established in 1919 to promote the study of mammals hosts annual meetings, produces several publications and maintains a mammal images library.

The society has more than 30 committees, including the conservation committee first established in 1927 to promote the conservation and welfare of natural populations of land mammals.

“I’m very excited to be the new chair of this committee, especially now when we are facing so many challenges to preserve biodiversity,” Arbogast said in a statement. “The ASM Conservation Committee is very active in writing position letters and resolutions that emphasize the scientific basis for proposed actions under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, as well as educating the public about conservation issues affecting mammals on both the national and international level.”

Arbogast has been a member since 1992 and hosted the annual meetings in 20o4 of the American Society of Mammalogists while assistant professor at Humbolt State University.

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