MVD worker on Fulbright track

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 13, 2009

From staff reports

A Vicksburg environmental program manager for the Mississippi Valley Division has been named a candidate for the Fulbright Specialists Roster in environmental sciences.

Paul DuBowy’s candidacy is through the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The program aims to promote academic and professional relationships between universities in the United States and abroad.

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DuBowy has a doctorate in zoology from the University of California, a bachelor’s degree in natural resources from Cornell University and a master’s in wildlife biology and statistics from the University of North Dakota. He was nominated after being approved by the scholarship board, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

If chosen for the program, DuBowy will be awarded a grant to participate in projects that focus on strengthening and developing higher education institutions in other countries in his area of study. Activities include teacher training, lecturing, curriculum planning and institutional and faculty development.

DuBowy, who joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2001, was director of the research group in restoration ecology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He was an associate professor of wildlife science at Texas A&M University and an assistant professor of wildlife ecology at Purdue University. He has studied aquatic ecosystems throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Siberia.

The MVD is responsible for the Corps’ water resources programs. Work is carried out by its six district offices, one of which is in Vicksburg.