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Professor of natural resources re-elected to mammalogist board


BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 20, 2006 – At the annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM), biology and ecology professor Steven Sheffield in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources was re-elected to a three-year term on its board of directors. Sheffield teaches field biology at the National Capital Region campus.

The American Society of Mammalogists, established to promote the study of mammals in the natural world, is the world’s oldest and largest scientific organization dedicated to mammals. Directors serve as the executive and policy-making body of the Society. Sheffield will work with others to update the ways the society conduct its business and provide support for its members. Duties will include appointing officers to various positions, approving annual budget expenditures, and working with the president on an advisory level.

Since he joined the ASM in 1980, Sheffield has been an active member of the society. He has served on numerous standing committees, in addition to his service as chairs for three committees, Conversation, Conversation Awards, and Resolutions.

The College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech consistently ranks among the top five programs of its kind in the nation. Faculty members stress both the technical and human elements of natural resources and instill in students a sense of stewardship and land-use ethics. Areas of studies include environmental resource management, fisheries and wildlife sciences, forestry, geospatial and environmental analysis, natural resource recreation, urban forestry, wood science and forest products, geography, and international development. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.