Robert J. Warren, a veteran faculty member and noted researcher in UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, will serve as interim dean of the school beginning Dec. 1.
Warren will temporarily fill the position now held by Richard Porterfield, who announced earlier this month that he will retire Dec. 1.
Warren joined the Warnell School in 1983 and is a professor and member of the graduate faculty. He is also a faculty member in the master’s degree program in conservation ecology and sustainable development.
The recipient of several teaching awards including the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, Warren is an authority in wildlife ecology and management and wildlife physiology and nutrition.
He has received more than $1.5 million in research awards and grants and is known for his work on reintroducing bobcats to their native habitat on Cumberland Island.
“Dr. Warren is a highly respected faculty member by his colleagues, the university community, professional associates and constituents of the Warnell School,” said Provost Arnett C. Mace Jr.