Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of California, Berkeley
Location: Orinda, California, United States
Reginald Haughton Barrett, Professor Emeritus of the University of California, Berkeley, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in wildlife biology.
Dr. Barrett has always loved being outdoors. As a kid, he was constantly running around by the creek, hunting quail, and riding horses. He knew he wanted a career that would allow him to continue to do things of that nature, so wildlife biology felt like a perfect fit. Not only would it allow him to pursue his passions, it would allow him to help future generations enjoy the outdoors as well. His dream came true in 1958, when he obtained his first professional positions as a guide, packer, and wrangler at Kings Canyon National Park. From there, Dr. Barrett became a research assistant for the United States Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, a range conservation technician for the United States Bureau of Land Management, and a research assistant at the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge through the United States Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife.
Backed by an array of hands-on experiences, Dr. Barrett changed his focus to education and research in 1967. He served the University of California, Berkeley, as a teaching assistant, research ecologist, acting assistant professor, and assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Conservation, associate professor in the Department of Forestry and Resource Management, and professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Other notable positions include research scientist in the Division of Wildlife Research at CSIRO in Australia and board member of Friends of Orinda Creek, Friends of Wagner Ranch Nature Area, the Regional Parks Association, the CalFauna Association, and the Golden Gate Chapter of Safari Club International. Now retired, he holds the title of professor emeritus of the university of California, Berkeley, having held the esteemed title of Goertz Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Management.
One of the highlights of Dr. Barrett’s career was testifying for the Sierra Club in Alaska against the Juneau Unit Timber Sale. The forest service had sold more than a million acres of timber and he was thrilled to help the Sierra Club stop that. Dr. Barrett was also proud to have coauthored publications such as “Wildlife 2001: Populations,” “Handbook of Census Methods for Birds and Mammals,” “Symposium on Ecology and Management of Barbary Sheep,” “Sitka Deer Symposium,” “Report on the Use of Fire in National Parks and Reserves,” and “Research and Management of Wild Hog Populations, Proceedings of a Symposium.” In total, he has contributed 192 articles to professional journals.
To prepare for his endeavors, Dr. Barrett earned a PhD in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Science in wildlife management from the University of Michigan in 1966, and a Bachelor of Science in game management from Humboldt State University in 1965. He also became a certified wildlife biologist by The Wildlife Society and a certified senior ecologist by The Ecological Society of America, and joined prominent organizations such as the Pacific Northwest Natural History Society, the Western Bird Banding Association, the California Academy of Sciences, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Ecological Society of America, and the Society for Range Management. Further, he is a fellow of the California Academy of Science and of The Explorer’s Club, and is the president of both the Western Section and the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Society of Mammalogists.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Barrett received the William Penn Mott Jr. Environmental Award in 2008, the R.F. Dasmann Professional of the Year Award from the Western Section of The Wildlife Society in 1989, the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from the Alumni Association at Humboldt State University in 1986, and the Wildlife Research Grant from the Union Foundation from 1968 to 1970. Other notable awards include the Howard M. Wight Award, the Bruce R. Dodd Award, and the Undergraduate Research Award from Sigma Xi.
In his spare time, Dr. Barrett enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing, photography, camping, and backpacking.
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