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Randy Larsen Appointed New Chair of The Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences

BYU College of Life Sciences Dean Laura Bridgewater announces Randy Larsen's appointment as the new chair of the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, effective July 1, 2024.

“It is evident that Randy Larson prioritizes strengthening the student experience as he inspires students to reach their highest potential through academic excellence in the classroom and the field,” said Dean Laura Bridgewater. “I am confident he will be an outstanding leader as he helps his department continue to thrive.”

In recognition of Larsen’s impactful work in wildlife ecology, he has received Partner Conservationist of the Year from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the Outstanding Research Award from the College of Life Sciences, and the Publication Award for Outstanding Contribution to Conservation from the Waterbird Society. His current work focuses on the recovery of the greater sage-grouse, the ecology and reintroduction of river otters, and the ecology of mule deer.

Larsen received his bachelor’s degree in wildlife and range resources and his master’s in wildlife and wildlands conservation from BYU. He then earned a doctorate in wildlife biology from Utah State University. Larsen joined the BYU faculty in 2008.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as the chair for the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, particularly to continue working with such committed faculty, staff, and students,” Larsen said. “I look forward to collaborating with our department to help further BYU’s mission.”

Larsen will replace Neil Hansen, who has served as the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences Chair for six years.

“I want to express my gratitude for Neil Hansen’s service as department chair,” Dean Bridgewater says. “Through his thoughtful leadership, he has cultivated an environment where students and faculty explore scientific truths together in the light of the gospel.”