Professor Giles Receives CNR Career Achievement Award

 

     Dr. Robert H. Giles was recently awarded the College of Natural Resources Career Achievement Award. The award was conferred at the CNR Awards Banquet on March 28. Shown below are Dean J. Michael Kelly, Associate Dean Richard Oderwald, and Dr. Giles.

 

Robert Giles began his undergraduate studies in forestry and wildlife conservation at Virginia Tech in 1951. As an undergraduate student, he was elected President of the Corps of Cadets, a six-thousand member organization. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in 1955, he went on for a Master’s degree in wildlife management here at Tech, measuring the conservation knowledge of over 15,000 Virginia school pupils. He completed his doctorate in wildlife conservation at Ohio State University in 1964.

After a period as an Instructor at the University of Idaho, in 1968 Dr. Giles began his distinguished career as a faculty member at Virginia Tech. He offered nationally and internationally recognized leadership in application of systems approaches and computer-based analyses for natural resources management, aimed at identifying and demonstrating solutions to environmental problems. He developed and utilized geographic information systems for spatially explicit management of natural resources decades before the term became known. He received the School of Forestry and Wildlife Resources Outstanding Teaching Award and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Certificate of Teaching Excellence in 1975, and was awarded the University’s Wine Teaching Award in 1977. He authored over 200 scientific articles and reports. He edited The Wildlife Society’s techniques manual and wrote two wildlife management textbooks, which proved internationally as professional reference books. He secured and administered several millions of dollars in grants and contracts to support the research and graduate training programs at Virginia Tech. His work led directly to the founding of Fish and Wildlife Conservation information Exchange, which later was reorganized to become the Conservation Management Institute. He helped devise the national allocation procedure for the national Pittman-Robertson wildlife management fund. He started the Powell River Project in southwest Virginia. He served as major professor to 57 Master’s and 11 doctoral students, many of whom went on to become practicing wildlife professionals and university faculty members. After a distinguished tenure of 30 years on the Virginia Tech faculty, he retired in 1998, although he remains professionally active.

Anyone who knows Bob at all well will attest that is quite a gentleman and quite a character. There can be no doubt that he cares about the success of students, junior faculty, and the program as a whole. He was an out-of-the-box thinker before the phrase was known; as colleague Jim Fraser, noted, “Bob has more ideas on a slow day than most people have in a lifetime.”

 

 

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