Tom brings extensive expertise in waterfowl to the Joint Venture, as well as years of experience collaborating with federal and state wildlife agencies to assess the conservation needs of birds. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Iowa State University. After eight years studying waterbirds and wetland habitats for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Alaska’s North Slope, focused on the effects of rapidly expanding oilfields, Tom served as Waterfowl Coordinator for Alaska Department of Fish and Game. For 25 years, he managed statewide waterfowl and wetland programs, and was active in coordinating conservation efforts within state government and with the Pacific Flyway Study Committee and Council.
Tom was also instrumental in establishing the Arctic Goose and Sea Duck Joint Ventures under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and was instrumental in early efforts to bring the Joint Venture to Alaska. He resides in Eagle River, Alaska and volunteers in wildlife and hunter education programs and conservation policy issues.