Killam Lectureship in white-tailed deer research and management awarded to Canadian scientist

The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas, is one of the premiere wildlife research institutes in North America. The Institute maintains a focus on five broad areas of research: wildlife biology, ecology, and management; habitat ecology and management; wildlife disease, parasitology, and toxicology; economic development of natural resources; and citizen science. The Institute’s Deer Research Program was established in the early 1980s to increase understanding of deer ecology, and to improve census methods.

The Institute created the David W. Killam Lectureship in White-tailed Deer Research and Management in 2003. Over the last nine years, the Lectureship has brought together some of the world’s foremost experts in white-tailed deer research to present their findings and insights on deer ecology to the Institute in south Texas.

In 2012, the Lectureship went beyond the US borders for the first time, and was awarded to Dr. Steeve Côté, of Laval University in Quebec City. Dr. Côté holds the NSERC-Produits forestiers Anticosti Industrial Research Chair at Laval, which was created in 2001 to address the complex relationships between deer, forest, and the exploitation of natural resources on Anticosti Island. The main objective of the Chair’s research program is to develop forest and wildlife management methods suited to high deer densities. The title of Dr. Côté’s Killam Lecture was “Feedback Effects of Overabundant White-tailed Deer Populations on Their Life-history Traits.” 


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