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May 2003

Release Date: May 2, 2003

ASU Mammalogist Earns Prestigious Award from Naturalists

Dr. Robert C. Dowler, a mammalogist and professor of biology at Angelo State University, has been named recipient of the Robert L. Packard Outstanding Educator Award for 2003 from the Southwestern Association of Naturalists.

The award is presented annually to an individual whose career "has made significant contributions to understanding the biology of the Southwest through teaching or presenting scientific information to the general public." The award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the association upon naturalists studying the Southwest.

Dowler, who holds the Mr. and Mrs. Victor P. Tippett Professorship in Biology, was cited for his "exemplary accomplishments in inspiring and educating students of biology, ecology and wildlife management."

In announcing the award, Troy L. Best, immediate past president and chair of the association's Honors Committee, said Dowler's efforts at teaching both undergraduates and graduate students and in influencing those students to obtain advanced degrees are especially noteworthy. In addition to that, Best noted that Dowler's research is highly productive and greatly respected by his peers as a result of his quality publications in the scientific literature.

Five of his students have gone on to earn their doctorates and 15 have completed master's degrees with him. Dowler has done mammalian research throughout the Southwest as well as abroad in Indonesia and the Galapagos Islands.

He will be formally presented the Packard Award next April when the Southwestern Association of Naturalists holds its 51st annual meeting in San Antonio.

Dowler has been on the ASU faculty since 1988. He holds a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University, a master's degree from Texas Tech University and a doctorate from Texas A&M University.