Bob Weeden, Ph.D.

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Bob Weeden, Ph.D. (At-large, 2016-2018), a New Englander through boyhood, obtained a doctorate in zoology from the University of British Columbia in 1959. His thesis was about ptarmigan, and birds have been a lifelong passion. Bob then moved to Alaska, where he was research biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. After a transitional year while he served as conservation representative for national and local conservation groups, in 1970 Bob joined the faculty at the University of Alaska (UA). Combining appointments with the Wildlife/Biology and newly formed Natural Resources departments, and the Institute of Social, Economic, and Government Research, Bob developed a series of new UA offerings joining political decision- making, environmental issues, resource management, environmental law and litigation, and environmental ethics. In 1975 he took leave for 18 months to work for the Governor of Alaska as Director of Policy Development and Planning. A number of appointments greatly enriched his experience. In 1972 he was appointed to the Alaska Environmental Advisory Council, and in 1980 to the Alaska Power Authority, both being state level groups. He served the federal government on the National Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee and the US Marine Mammal Commission from 1976 to 1984. In the non-profit sector Bob was a director of the National Audubon Society (1978-1984), board member of the Student Conservation Association, and a director and officer of the Alaska Conservation Society (1960-1980), which he helped found. Bob wrote many articles and two books before retiring in 1990. His Canadian wife and he bought a small farm on Salt Spring Island, B.C. where Judy works in her pottery studio and garden, and Bob tends his 150-tree orchard and volunteers with the Salt Spring Island Conservancy. He finished his third book, a collection of natural history essays, early in 2013. He spends a lot of time reading, thinking, and writing, sometimes in that order.

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