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William Thomas, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Thomas is the Director of the New Jersey School of Conservation. He earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. His research interests include ethno-ecology, conservation, and traditional ecological wisdom of indigenous people. Since1988, he has conducted ethno-ecological research in Papua New Guinea.

He is currently a fellow in the Explorers Club and has recently received the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award for his work with the Hewa people in the New Guinea Highlands.  Dr. Thomas’ work has been recognized by the United Nations for the development of research methodologies now recognized as one of the “Best Practices” in the use of indigenous knowledge.

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Randall FitzGerald

Randall FitzGerald, Ph.D., Associate Director

Dr. FitzGerald is Associate Director of the New Jersey School of Conservation and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Montclair State University. He has studied microtine behavioral ecology in the past and has authored a variety of articles relating to animal behavior, behavioral ecology, and most recently, human sociobiology. His current research interests center around conservation of issues related to threatened and endangered species.

Dr. FitzGerald earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from the State University of New York, College at Purchase, and his Ph.D. in Biology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Prior to coming to the School of Conservation, he served as a National Science Foundation Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh investigating sex differences in the evolution of cognitive processing. Dr. FitzGerald’s role at the School of Conservation involves overseeing the educational and research programs at the field station. He is also the field center’s webmaster.

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