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Ed Arnett joined the TRCP in April 2012 as the Director of the Center for Responsible Energy Development. He became the TRCP’s Chief Scientist in 2015.
In his role, Arnett advises staff and partners on technical and scientific aspects of natural resource management, conservation and policy issues, legislation, land-use management plans and communications. He 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 the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge system. Arnett also worked as a wildlife research biologist for Weyerhaeuser Timber Company. After completing his doctorate at Oregon State University, he joined Bat Conservation International where he led research efforts on wind energy impacts on bats and other wildlife and was director of programs for eight years.
Arnett joined the public television conservation series This American Land in 2015 as the program’s host and field correspondent. He is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University and an adjunct professor in the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University.
Arnett serves as an Associate Editor for The Wildlife Society Bulletin, and serves on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ energy and threatened and endangered species 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. As a certified wildlife biologist, Arnett has published several scientific articles and book chapters on his work with bighorn sheep, bald eagles, forest songbirds, bats, and wind energy and wildlife impacts.
Arnett 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, he is a judge for the American Kennel Club, where he adjudicates retriever hunting tests at all levels. In 2013, he was a judge for the AKC Master National Retriever Hunt Test. He lives in Colorado with his wife Glenda and their chocolate labs.