Natural resources specialist studies statistics to improve wildlife conservation

Researcher Perry Williams joins the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

Perry Williams headshot

Williams plans to continue research on wildlife management in Nevada while teaching at University. Photo by Robert Moore.

Natural resources specialist studies statistics to improve wildlife conservation

Researcher Perry Williams joins the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

Williams plans to continue research on wildlife management in Nevada while teaching at University. Photo by Robert Moore.

Perry Williams headshot

Williams plans to continue research on wildlife management in Nevada while teaching at University. Photo by Robert Moore.

University of Nevada, Reno welcomes Perry Williams as a new assistant professor in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources.

Williams concentrates his research on statistical and mathematical methods for estimating population processes to improve wildlife management and conservation. He has received grants from the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for his research on sea otters in southeast Alaska, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for research on common raven movement and habitat use.

Before he arrived at the University, he worked with wildlife in Alaska, studying various species and researching wildlife management conservation. He plans to perform similar research here at the University, as well as start investigating the wildlife conservation of sage grouse in Nevada, and waterfowl in the Suisun Marsh, California.

“I decided to work at the University of Nevada, Reno because of the great colleagues and collaborators in the department,” said Williams, who is in the College’s Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences. “The opportunity to work with state and federal agencies was also a highlight.”

 He wants to continue his research as part of the College’s Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station by starting and running a lab in statistical ecology to address natural resource management in Nevada.

“Perry Williams brings to the University a unique skill set in statistical and mathematical modeling as applied to the conservation of wildlife populations,” said Peter Weisburg, chair of the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science. “His expertise adds to a growing cadre of applied scientists with cutting-edge quantitative skills, and we are very excited to welcome him to our faculty.”

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