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Trout Specialist Finds Home in NMSU's Fishery and Wildlife

LAS CRUCES -- David Cowley, formerly a consulting scientist with EnviroStat in Albuquerque for almost nine years, joined New Mexico State University's fishery and wildlife science department in July as an assistant professor.

"It's like coming home," said Cowley, who lived much of his life in southern New Mexico and attended high school in Truth or Consequences.

He is teaching ecology of inland waters, as well as wildlife law, policy and administration at NMSU. His research will focus on endangered species in relation to agricultural irrigation systems and optimizing allocation of hatchery-produced trout.

Cowley received his doctorate in quantitative genetics and applied statistics in 1987 from the University Wisconsin-Madison. Both his master's degree in freshwater biology and applied statistics and undergraduate degree in wildlife management and agriculture were from Eastern New Mexico University.

He is a member of the American Fisheries Society, Society of Conservation Biology and American Association for the Advancement of Science.