Ecological Society of America names Texas A&M’s Dr. Kirk Winemiller a 2018 Fellow


Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576,

Contact: Dr. Kirk Winemiller, 979-862-4020,

COLLEGE STATION – The Ecological Society of America recently announced its 2018 Fellows and among them was Dr. Kirk Winemiller, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and Regents Professor in the department of wildlife and fisheries sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station.

Winemiller was among 28 Fellows and seven Early Career Fellows, and the only Texan to receive the honor, according to a news release distributed by the society.

“The society’s fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy (deals with teaching theory or practice), and management and policy,” the release said.

“Fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by the Ecological Society of America, including, but not restricted to, those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations and the broader society,” and are elected for life, according to the release.

Winemiller was elected for his outstanding research on rivers, estuaries and fish ecology and evolution, involving field sites throughout the Americas, Africa and Asia and for his advice to agencies on freshwater resource science and policy.    

Winemiller earned his doctorate in zoology from the University of Texas, Austin, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees, also in zoology, from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He started his career with Texas A&M in 1992 as an assistant professor in the department of wildlife and fisheries, ultimately being named a full professor in 2002 and a Regents Professor in 2009.

He has earned many accolades during his tenure, among the more recent being named a Faculty Fellow by Texas A&M AgriLife Research; Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for International Impact, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M; Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, Association of Former Students, Texas A&M; Special Recognition in Fisheries Work and Outstanding Fisheries Research Award, Texas Chapter American Fisheries Society; and Bush Excellence Award for Faculty International Teaching, Texas A&M. In 2007 he was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Ecological Society of America is a professional organization of ecological scientists that established its Fellows program in 2012 “with the goal of honoring its members and supporting their competitiveness and advancement to leadership positions in the society, at their institutions and in broader society,” the press release reported.


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