George Matula, Jr.
Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology/ Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection
PhD, Forest Resources with Physiology minor, Pennsylvania State University
MS, Wildlife Management, Pennsylvania State University
BA, Biology, Elmhurst College Contact Information
George joined the Unity College faculty in August 2011 as Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology after serving with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) for 30 years. He joined MDIFW in 1981 as the Bear Study Leader where he defused a volatile situation between MDIFW and Maine’s bear hunters and guides; he also developed Maine’s current approach to bear research and management. In 1983 and 1984, George served as the Big Game Project Leader and was responsible for the administration, planning, and supervision of a broad range of big game research studies (deer, moose, bear, and turkey), and helped establish the current any-deer approach to deer management in Maine.
George assumed the position of Wildlife Research Supervisor in 1984, where he supervised a staff of 16 biologists and was involved in planning, coordinating, and managing the statewide wildlife research program. He played a major role in revising the species planning process including developing the nationally recognized management system approach to guide fish and wildlife management decisions. He was also instrumental in developing a more biologically and objectively based approach to the endangered and threatened species listing process and for integrating endangered, threatened, and nongame species management responsibilities throughout the fabric of the department.
In 2004, George became the Endangered Species Coordinator and Wildlife Planner. In that capacity he co-developed Maine’s Wildlife Action Plan, guided the department through a major revision of Maine’s list of endangered and threatened species and the delisting of the bald eagle, and was involved in several regional and national initiatives, including serving as Chair of the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee.
George holds a Ph.D. in Forest Resources and a M.S. degree in Wildlife Management from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in Biology from Elmhurst College in Illinois.