Auburn’s James Armstrong retires as professor emeritus after distinguished career in wildlife sciences

Published: August 28, 2019
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Auburn University Professor and Alabama Extension Wildlife Specialist James Armstrong retired recently as professor emeritus after a distinguished 29-year career.

Armstrong began his career at Auburn as an assistant professor in 1990 and advanced to full professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences while also serving as an Alabama Extension wildlife specialist. He served as the Extension coordinator of the Forestry Wildlife and Natural Resource program from 2009-2019.

He retired July 31 and was awarded the status of professor emeritus in recognition of his sustained meritorious service to the university.

Armstrong received a bachelor’s degree from Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tennessee, and a Master of Wildlife Biology degree from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He then earned a Doctorate of Educational Research and Evaluation in wildlife science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Armstrong’s Extension, research, teaching and programs have focused on human‐wildlife interactions. He also devoted his efforts to 4‐H/youth natural resources education and wildlife damage management.

Of his many significant lifetime achievements, Armstrong was recognized by the Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Award as Wildlife Conservationist of the Year in 2008 and Conservation Communicator of the Year in 2015.

The Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is a flagship institution for natural resources-based degrees including natural resource management, geospatial and environmental informatics, and sustainable biomaterials and packaging. The school is also the backbone to Alabama's $22 billion forest, wildlife and natural resources industry. Its mission is to create future professionals and leaders and to develop new knowledge and science-based solutions and share them with individuals, families, communities and industries so they can make informed decisions to advance their business and well-being.