Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and Texas A&M University-Kingsville Name Dr. David Hewitt as New Executive Director
Kingsville, TX (Feb. 7, 2017) - Dr. David G. Hewitt has been selected as the new Leroy G. Denman, Jr. Endowed Director of Wildlife Research at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Dr. Hewitt has been with the Institute since 1996 and most recently served as the Stuart W. Stedman Chair for Whitetailed Deer Research where he focused on wildlife nutrition and physiology, ecology and management of large mammals, and promoting wildlife-human coexistence.
Dr. Hewitt received a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University (1987). He studied bear nutrition for his Master’s degree at Washington State University (1989) and ruffed grouse nutrition and ecology at Virginia Tech for his Ph.D. (1994). He lectured at Humboldt State University and held a post-doctoral research position at Utah State University before joining the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. He has worked with several species, including bears, galliforms, and ungulates.
While at the Institute, Dr. Hewitt has authored and co-authored numerous books, book chapters, articles, abstracts and bulletins. He has received various awards for research and outstanding publications and serves on several boards and committees professionally. He is a member and 2015 recipient of The Wildlife Society Fellow Award, former president of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, a professional member of Boone and Crockett Club, a steering committee member for the International Deer Biology Congress.
“I’m very pleased to have Dave Hewitt at the helm for CKWRI. This thoughtful transition has been very effective and smooth, and I appreciate his willingness to serve in this important role as Executive Director,” says Dr. Shad Nelson, interim-Dean for the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Dr. Hewitt replaces Dr. Fred Bryant who stepped down as Director in November 2016 and will focus his attention on development for the CKWRI.