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MORGANTOWN, WV -

Bob Whitmore, professor of wildlife and fisheries resources for the university's Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, has been awarded the Mountaineer Award from the West Virginia chapter of the Wildlife Society.

Whitmore has published extensively in both peer-reviewed journals and proceedings. His work on effects of gypsy moths and gypsy moth management on birds and their prey items are widely cited. 

He produced some of the earliest published work on grassland songbird use of reclaimed mine lands in the region. He also has published on bats and rodent communities. 

Whitmore earned his Ph.D. in zoology in 1975 at Brigham Young University. He also holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from California State University.

He taught general zoology and ornithology classes at BYU from 1972 until 1975 before coming to Morgantown.

He is set to retire this spring.

The Wildlife Society, founded in 1937 and based in Bethesda, Md., represents and serves the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and habitats worldwide.