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Gad Perry
Texas Tech University

Gad Perry is a professor of Conservation Science and the Senior Director of the International Research and Development Division (IRDD) at Texas Tech University (TTU). He has served on the faculty at TTU since 2002 and heads the IRDD since its creation in 2014. He received a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Zoology from Tel Aviv University in Israel, where he was born, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin. His main research interest centers on conservation biology, with particular emphasis on invasive and endangered species issues. Dr. Perry is interested in the application of biological insights to real-world problems. He is a member of the IUCN invasive species and iguana specialist groups and has conducted field studies in the British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guam, Israel, and the US, among others. Recent trips related to his IRDD role have included China, Ethiopia, Germany, Guyana, and Oman. Current and recently-completed student projects involve reptile ecology in Madagascar, biogeography in the Caribbean, iguana conservation in the Virgin Islands, sustainable civet use in Ethiopia, and urban ecology of birds in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Perry has worked extensively with international colleagues in many countries. He has served as the Editor of the Journal of Herpetology, in addition to several past and ongoing stints as Associate and Section Editor for various other journals. He also serves as the Director of the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies at TTU. His teaching currently includes international ecology and conservation courses (alternately visiting Costa Rica, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe) and a graduate course on scientific writing at TTU, as well as a graduate-level courses for Ethiopian civil engineers taught as part of a European-funded capacity-building project. A long-term advocate for faculty governance, he has served in elected office on both the TTU Faculty Senate and the local and state chapters of the American Association of University Professors.