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Head of NMSU Fishery and Wildlife Sciences Department Retires

LAS CRUCES -- Charles Davis, professor and head of New Mexico State University's fishery and wildlife sciences department, will retire August 1 after almost 30 years with the university. He became head of the department, in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences , in October 1982, after serving as acting head for 15 months.


Davis earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M. He attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Army reserves and worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida before completing his doctorate at Oklahoma State University in 1963.

Davis served as faculty member at Arkansas State University, the University of Arkansas and Southwestern Oklahoma State University, prior to coming to NMSU in 1967.

Davis taught both graduate and undergraduate classes in wildlife conservation and management, wildlife ecology, game bird management, ornithology and related subjects. His research, conducted in Oklahoma and New Mexico, dealt with ecology and habitats of birds, especially quail, doves and prairie chickens.

During his tenure as department head, the New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit came to the college. The department experienced consistent growth in student numbers during the last decade and now has approximately 25 graduate and 200 undergraduate students.

Davis intends to continue living in Las Cruces following his retirement, but hopes to travel more. He plans to relentlessly pursue his hobbies of bird hunting and trading antique shotguns.