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Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

At the 28th Vertebrate Pest Conference,

the W. E. 'Howdy' Howard Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to

two recipients:

Rex E. Marsh

Rex has devoted his life to vertebrate pest management. He is considered one of the top international experts on rodents and rodent management, but has broad knowledge of the entire vertebrate pest field.  Rex began working in the field of pest management for the Santa Clara County Department of Agriculture in 1955 and the State of California Department of Agriculture in 1959.  Recognized for his expertise and abilities, he began working at the University of California, Davis in 1964. Throughout his career, Rex has sparked countless students and others to pursue vertebrate pest management as a career, influenced the development of new, innovative and environmentally appropriate materials and methods, and ultimately raised the field of vertebrate pest management to the profession it is today.  Rex authored over 250 publications during his career and continues to publish even in retirement (80+ to date!).  Rex first attended the Vertebrate Pest Conference in 1964 (2nd VPC) and published his first article in the Conference Proceedings in 1967 (3rd VPC), Aircraft as a Means of Baiting Ground Squirrels.  Rex became a Vertebrate Pest Council board member in 1964, twice served as Council Chair and serving as editor or co-editor of the Proceedings of the Vertebrate Pest Conference eleven times between 1972 and 1992.  His commitment to the Council and Conference has never ebbed.  Rex truly embodies the concept of lifetime achievement in Vertebrate Pest Management. 


Robert M. Timm

Bob began working in the field of vertebrate pest management in 1970 when he conducted a senior honors project at the University of Redlands surveying parasites in local populations of Norway rats.  He went on to study under both Howdy Howard and Rex Marsh at the University of California, Davis where he received both his masters and doctoral degrees.  In 1983 while at the University of Nebraska, he compiled, edited and published an expanded and revised edition of what became the most-used reference in the field of vertebrate pest management, Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage. From 1987 until his retirement in 2014 Bob was a Wildlife Extension Specialist and Director of the Hopland Research and Extension Center, University of California.  Throughout his career, Bob has been active with the Vertebrate Pest Conference, first attending in 1974 (6th VPC) and first publishing in the conference proceedings in 1982 (10th VPC), An IPM Approach to Rodent Control on Midwestern Farms.  Bob became an active member of the Vertebrate Pest Council in 1989, served twice as the Chair and has been the managing editor of the Proceedings of the Vertebrate Pest Conference since 2002.  Throughout Bob’s years in our profession he has demonstrated the highest standard for vertebrate pest management professionals, influenced countless students, professionals and public citizens, and worked tirelessly to make the Vertebrate Pest Conference the premier conference for our profession.