William F. Porter

William F.   Porter
  • Boone and Crockett Club Professor of Wildlife Conservation
  • Established through a gift from the Boone and Crockett Club
  • Fisheries and Wildlife


William Porter is the inaugural Boone and Crockett Club Professor of Wildlife Conservation in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Porter earned his PhD in ecology and behavioral biology from the University of Minnesota. He is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming, and the Leadership Development Program of the State Agricultural Experiment Station System in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.

Porter focuses his research on game-changing issues in conservation now reshaping wildlife conservation: land-use change affecting habitats, emerging diseases in wildlife, shifting patterns in weather and climate, and changing conservation policy. His efforts are helping policy makers of Michigan and the nation enhance conservation wildlife resources.

His teaching includes courses in leadership and wildlife policy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Current courses explore the issue of wolf restoration in U.S. upper Great Lakes and northern Rocky Mountains, and the role of leadership in ensuring a future for wildlife conservation. 

Porter leads the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center at Michigan State University. This group of graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and faculty is dedicated to bringing cutting-edge analytical tools, effective communication, and leadership to decisions about wildlife management.