William Porter, Ph.D.

William Porter

Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation

10C Natural Resources


Area of Expertise: Wildlife Conservation

Dr. William Porter is the first Boone and Crockett Chair of Wildlife Conservation in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. The Boone and Crockett Club is the oldest conservation organization in North America, and is dedicated to the conservation of all wildlife and the promotion of the highest standards of hunting.

His research explores population dynamics and the behavior of wildlife in relation to habitat, emphasizing the application of ecological knowledge to management and conservation policy. Most of the work he and his students do focuses on larger vertebrates, including moose, wild turkeys, elk and white-tailed deer, but recent studies examine songbird communities. Current studies emphasize the fundamental forces now reshaping wildlife conservation: climate change, land-use change due to energy development and urban sprawl, disease eruptions in wildlife and societal interest in the stewardship of wildlife populations.

His teaching includes courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in wildlife management and policy. Current courses explore the issue of wolf restoration in US National Parks and the northern Great Lakes region, and sustainability of the Northern Forest from Minnesota to Maine.

Dr. Porter leads the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center at Michigan State University. This group of graduate students and postdoctoral research associates is dedicated to bringing cutting edge analytical tools to understanding wildlife ecology and informing decisions about wildlife management.

Dr. Porter comes to Michigan State University after a long career at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse where he was Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Director of the Adirondack Ecological Center.


Affiliated Page

Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center