A Perry County resident, Dr. Christopher Rosenberry, has been named the new section supervisor of deer management for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.He
fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Dr. Gary Alt in December.
Since 2000, Rosenberry
has been employed by the agency as a wildlife biometrician, and he
has worked with the agency's deer section for the past few years.He had worked extensively with whitetails in Delaware and Maryland before joining the Game Commission."Dr. Rosenberry is a great fit to guide Pennsylvania's deer program," said Calvin W. DuBrock, director of the agency's Bureau of Wildlife Management.
Having worked with the agency's deer team for four years, Rosenberry
said that he
new role as a team leader with an emphasis on "team."
"The experiences of the three biologists in the deer section cover almost every aspect of deer management," Rosenberry
said."As a group, we are committed to making responsible recommendations for managing Pennsylvania's deer population."
In addition to Rosenberry
, the Deer Management Section is comprised of Bret Wallingford, who has been with the agency since 1990, and Jeannine Tardiff, who has been with the agency since 2004.
...Rosenberry began his wildlife career as a biologist aide with the Game Commission and, after eight years of education and work experience, returned to take a full-time position as the wildlife biometrician in 2000.During his service with the Game Commission, Rosenberry coauthored with Dr. Mathew Lovallo, Game Commission biologist, the agency's new Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) system; assisted in the development of the new elk population survey method; assisted in the design and implementation of the recent deer research studies; and refined the agency's deer harvest estimation procedures and the harvest reporting rate program.
...Rosenberry grew up in southcentral Pennsylvania where he graduated from West Perry High School in 1988.He was a member of the National Honor Society and also named the U.S. Army Reserve Student-Athlete of the Year.He
played center and linebacker on the football team and was named to the all-conference team.He was team captain in his senior year.Rosenberry graduated with honors from Juniata College in 1992 with a bachelor's of science in biology and held a number of temporary wildlife positions before beginning his graduate work at North Carolina State University.As a graduate student, he studied dispersal ecology and behavior of white-tailed deer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.In 1997, he graduated from North Carolina State University with a doctorate in zoology and a minor in statistics.He
worked for Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife as a deer biologist.In Delaware, he
administered the deer damage assistance program, coordinated a citizens' task force that provided input for development of a statewide deer management plan, and worked on agricultural and suburban deer issues.Following his work with Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife, he held a research position at Delaware State University, where he continued to work on agricultural and suburban deer conflicts.He also held a teaching position at West Chester University prior to coming to the Game Commission in 2000.A member of The Wildlife Society and the American Society of Mammalogists, he has authored or coauthored publications in scientific journals such as the Journal of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Society Bulletin and Canadian Journal of Zoology.He
also has authored and coauthored articles for popular press magazines, as well as a chapter in the Ecology and Management of Large Mammals in North America.