Title: Chief of Natural Resource Management (Retired)
Company: National Park Service
Location: Bryan, Texas, United States
Roland H. Wauer, retired Chief of Natural Resource Management for the National Park Service, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievement and leadership in national parks and conservation.
With more than 60 years of professional experience to his credit, Mr. Wauer is on the board of directors for the Big Bend Natural History Association, and previously on the board of trustees of the National Parks Conservation Association, and a board member of the National Academy of Sciences from 1989 to 1991. Prior to these prominent roles, he was a resource specialist for the National Park Service at St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, an assistant superintendent at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Gatlinburg, TN, from 1983 to 1986, and chief of the division of natural resources for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. from 1979 to 1983. Previously, he served as the chief scientist for the Southwest Region of the National Park Service in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1972 to 1979 and as chief park naturalist at Big Bend National Park, Texas from 1966 to 1972. He commenced his career as a park naturalist at Zion National Park in Utah and a park naturalist at Death Valley National Park, California between 1957 and 1966.
Mr. Wauer has been the author of multiple books throughout his career. They include “Songbirds of the West” in 2019, which highlights 56 species of birds and photography by Greg Lasley, “Ruins to Ruins, From the Mayan Jungle to the Aztec Metropolis” in 2019, “Bighorn, Pelicans and Wild Turkeys” in 2019, “Wild Critters I Have Known” in 2018, “Natural Inclinations” in 2017, “My Wild Life, a Memoir of Adventures Within America’s National Parks” in 2014,”Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley” in 2004,”Finding Butterflies in Texas” in 2006, “The American Kestrel” in 2005, “Birding the Southwestern National Parks” in 2004, “Naturally South Texas” in 2001, “Birds of Northwestern National Parks” in 2000, “Heralds of Spring” in 1999, “Birding Texas” in 1998, “Birds of Zion National Park and Vicinity” in 1997, “For All Seasons, A Big Bend Journal” in 1997, “A Birder’s West Indies” in 1996, “A Field Guide to the Birds of the Big Bend” in 1996, “Birder’s Mexico” in 1992, “Virgin Island’s Birdlife” in 1988, and “Naturalist’s Big Bend” in 1980. Furthermore, he has contributed myriad articles to professional journals throughout his career.
Dr. Waurer’s latest book, “Notes on Avian Encounters,” chronicles 250 species he has encountered and is expected to be released at the end of 2020. Furthermore, a special collection of his work can be found at Texas Tech University.
As a testament to his professional success, Mr. Wauer has accrued several accolades throughout his impressive career. The recipient of the First Francis Jacot Award and the Special Achievement Award from the National Park Service in 1988, he also received a Commendation from the Secretary of the Interior in 1980. He received two previous Special Achievement Awards from the National Park Service in 1974 and 1975. Highly educated, Mr. Wauer holds a Bachelor of Science in wildlife management from San Jose State University and a Master of Science in biological sciences from Sul Ross State University. He has been highlighted in the second edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
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