Joseph S. Larson, professor emeritus of environmental conservation, has been reappointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to a five-year term as a member of the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board. The board governs the policy, personnel and regulatory functions of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Larson serves as the board member with specific responsibilities for the Division’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. As such he also serves as a members of the state's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Scientific Advisory Committee.
A UMass Amherst alumnus (B.S.’56, M.S.’58), he earned his doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1966. He returned to UMass in 1967 after holding positions in private and state conservation organizations in Massachusetts and Maryland and as a research faculty member at the University of Maryland.
On the Amherst campus he served as a faculty member and chairman of the department of forestry and wildlife, as director of the Environmental Institute in the graduate school, and as secretary of the Faculty Senate. He retired in 2000, lives in Pelham and has since spent much of his time working with alumni, faculty and staff members on promoting preservation of the significant historic assets of the Amherst campus.