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For Immediate Release
December 12, 2017

IPFW 2017-18 Outstanding Research Award Honors Professor of Biology

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Bruce Kingsbury, professor of biology, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS), and director of the Environmental Resources Center (ERC), has been chosen to receive the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) 2017-18 Outstanding Research Award. A lecture and reception are being planned for spring 2018.

Kingsbury received a B.A. from Pomona College in 1981, an M.S. from San Diego State University in 1987, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 1991. He joined the Department of Biology as an associate professor in 1992, became professor and chair of biology in 2003, then added the role of ERC director in 2012. He has been the associate dean of COAS since 2014.

“I am so pleased to receive this award,” said Kingsbury. “I appreciate the recognition and am grateful for all of the opportunities that have been provided to me and my students over the years.”

Kingsbury’s areas of research include wildlife ecology, behavior, and conservation. He and his graduate students, the “K-Team," have been involved in numerous studies throughout the Midwest on snakes, turtles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. He is considered an expert on several imperiled species, including the threatened Copper-bellied Watersnake and Eastern Massasauga. Through the ERC, Kingsbury works with colleagues, students, and community partners such as the City of Fort Wayne to understand and protect the region’s natural resources.

The Outstanding Research Award honors a tenured, full-time faculty member for outstanding performance in the area of research, scholarly activity, or creative endeavor. The honoree must have achieved an exceptional record of contributions to the body of knowledge or creative works in his or her discipline(s). The faculty member must also have had great success communicating the results of his or her work to a wide audience. The award is sponsored by The Office of Sponsored Programs.

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