COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Bob Shaw has been named associate director of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, effective May 1.
“Bob’s expertise in rangeland ecology and his career in the environmental management of military lands make him the ideal person for this position,” said Dr. Neal Wilkins, the institute’s director.
The institute exists to “coordinate, strengthen and integrate programs for the management and conservation of natural resources through research and Extension programs” not only in Texas but throughout the world, according to Wilkins.
Shaw said his major research emphasis is the restoration of disturbed ecosystems. He is an expert in the use of fire as a management tool, and his work on the impact of military vehicles on native vegetation is the basis for programs on military lands nationwide. He also has expertise in biodiversity and natural resource conservation, grass taxonomy, and multiple-use management of private and public lands.
During his 25 years at Colorado State University, Shaw founded and directed the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands the largest research and service organization within the university’s system. The center had $18 million in contracts in 2006 and 450 employees and has attracted more than $200 million in contracts since its inception.
Shaw has a bachelor’s from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) at San Marcos. He earned a master’s degree in 1976 and a doctorate in 1979, both in range science from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the faculty at Colorado State, Shaw taught at the University of Florida from 1980-82.