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Donald W. Kaufman

Professor of biology

Donald W. Kaufman

Don Kaufman, professor of biology at Kansas State University, specializes in mammalian ecology and has performed longitudinal research on the small mammal populations of the Konza Prairie Biological Station since 1981, one year after his arrival at K-State. Kaufman's research includes impacts of fire and grazers on prairie rodents and shrews, effects of woody invasion on prairie mammals, non-game wildlife conservation and prairie ecology.

Kaufman served on the board of directors for the American Society of Mammalogists from 1989 to 1992, board of governors for the Central Plains Society of Mammalogists from 2000 to 2006 and president of the Kansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society from 2005 to 2007. He was awarded an Alumni Achievement Award from Fort Hays State University in 2005.

In addition to his research and work at K-State, Kaufman is a member of the American Society of Mammalogists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Ecological Society of America and The Wildlife Society. In 2013, he was named a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, or AAAS.

Kaufman has published more than 160 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants of nearly $10 million from the National Science Foundation, Kansas Army National Guard and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Fort Hays State University in 1965 and 1967, respectively. He went on to obtain his doctoral degree in zoology from the University of Georgia in 1972, and carried out his postdoctoral research in evolutionary genetics at the University of Texas at Austin from 1971 to 1972.

Kaufman can be reached at 785-532-6622 or dwkaufma@k-state.edu.