The 13th Annual Geddes W. Simpson Lecture featuring distinguished wildlife biologist William B. Krohn, Ph.D. was entitled “Using Historical Information in Wildlife Science: A Personal Journey.” Dr. Krohn explored his use of historical documents to understand ever-changing wildlife distributions, and the ways that contemporary wildlife scientists may be under-utilizing the historical record.
William B. Krohn is a retired wildlife biologist who served 39 1/2 years in administrative and research positions for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and has held positions in both the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the US. Fish and Wildlife Service. During the last 27 years of his career, Krohn was leader of the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, an office of the U.S. Geological Survey at the University of Maine. In the later part of his career, Dr. Krohn became interested in understanding the historical changes in wildlife populations. He continues to lecture about Maine’s changing wildlife populations and outdoor heritage, and is currently researching Maine’s early fishing lures and their makers.
The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Series was established in 2001 at the University of Maine Foundation by family and friends in honor of Geddes Simpson, a distinguished researcher and teacher at the University of Maine. The annual lecturer is an individual who has provided significant insight into the intersection of science and history.