term expires 2017
Paul is curator of the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum, and an adjunct assistant professor teaching mammalogy, in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana. Prior to beginning his museum job in 2013 he was a zoologist with the Montana Natural Heritage Program for 18 years. He spent most of his formative years in Billings, Montana, then grew up and received his education at the University of Montana in Missoula (B.A., M.A.) and Washington State University in Pullman (Ph.D.). His graduate research focused on the foraging and breeding ecology of American Pipits on the alpine expanses of the Wyoming-Montana border. He has also done field work on wintering neotropical migrants in western Mexico, desert woodpeckers in Arizona and Mexico, Bristle-thighed Curlew on Laysan Island, Golden-crowned Sparrow on the Alaska Peninsula, and Harris’s Sparrow in the Thelon Game Sanctuary of the Northwest Territories, as well as surveys for bats and other small mammals, herps, grassland birds, and land snails (among other groups) throughout Montana. He was made an Elective Member of the American Ornithologists’ Union in 2006. Paul has a broad interest in natural history, both vertebrate and invertebrate. He has over 80 publications, including coauthorship of SNVB Northwest Fauna No. 5 and the book “Amphibians and Reptiles of Montana” (Mountain Press 2004). When not working, he is pursuing birds and alpine experiences with his wife and dogs, camping and hiking in the mountains, raising a few chickens and tomatoes, and writing haiku.