By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern
August 25, 2016 – Dr. Doug R. Tolleson was named the recipient of the 2016 Extension Award by the Western Section, American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS), during its annual meeting last month in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Tolleson received a B.S. in Animal Science, M.S. in Physiology of Reproduction, and Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Texas A&M University. He has been an Assistant or Associate Extension Specialist and Research Scientist for Rangeland Management at the University of Arizona from 2008 to 2016. He has provided information on sustainable rangeland management to the ranching and natural resource management community. Dr. Tolleson has conducted research on rangeland management topics, primarily dealing with livestock grazing and nutrition, wildlife, wildfire, and range monitoring techniques. These monitoring efforts inform ranch management on public land allotments and are part of helping ranchers renew their grazing permits during environmental impact assessments as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
Dr. Tolleson is a member of the Editorial Board for the Ruminant Nutrition Division for the Journal of Animal Science and serves as Liaison to the Society for Range Management for the American Society of Animal Science. He has published 27 refereed journal papers, 36 other peer reviewed publications, 116 abstracts, and 30 popular press or newsletter articles. Dr. Tolleson has secured over $2.5 million in contracts and grants since 1999. He has delivered 33 invited talks or lectures and 135 extension presentations. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council, Western Center for Risk Management Education and has been a Director for the Natural Resource Conservation Workshop for Arizona Youth for 7 years.
The Extension Award recognizes outstanding achievements in animal science extension programs at western region institutions. The Extension Award is sponsored by Elanco Animal Health and WSASAS.
The WSASAS is a professional organization that serves more than 700 students, animal scientists, and producers in the western region.