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Ed Arnett joined the TRCP in April 2012 as the Center for Responsible Energy Development Director. In 2015, he transitioned to TRCP’s Senior Scientist and advises staff and partners on technical and scientific aspects of natural resource management and conservation issues, campaigns, land-use management plans, legislation and communications. Ed holds four academic degrees in natural resources management, fish and wildlife management, zoology and physiology, and forest science. In the ‘90s, he worked as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service and then for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge system. Ed also worked as a wildlife research biologist for Weyerhaeuser Timber Company. After completing his doctorate at Oregon State University, Ed joined Bat Conservation International where he led research efforts on wind energy impacts on bats and other wildlife for eight years.
Ed recently joined the public television series This American Land as the program’s host. He also is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University, serves as an Associate Editor for The Wildlife Society Bulletin, is a scientific advisor for the American Wind and Wildlife Institute, and serves on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ energy and wind energy committees. He served on a U.S. Department of Interior Federal Advisory Committee for guidelines for wind energy and wildlife, and also chaired The Wildlife Society’s technical review committee on wind energy impacts on wildlife. Ed is a certified wildlife biologist with The Wildlife Society and has published scientific articles on his work with bighorn sheep, bald eagles, forest songbirds, bats, and wind energy and wildlife impacts.
Ed is an avid sportsman and while he enjoys big-game hunting and fly-fishing, waterfowl and upland bird hunting are his true passion. In his spare time, Ed is a judge for the American Kennel Club and readily judges retriever hunting tests at all levels. In September 2013, he was a judge for the AKC Master National Retriever Hunt Test.