Dr. Porter was the first Boone and Crockett Chair of Wildlife Conservation at Michigan State University. He came to MSU in 2010 after a long career at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. During his 10 years at MSU, he established the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center, mentored numerous students, collaborated with colleagues nationwide on critical wildlife issues, and played a key role in the Boone and Crockett Club's University Programs initiative. Dr. Porter's research explored population dynamics and the behavioral ecology of wildlife in relation to habitat, emphasizing the application of ecological knowledge to management and conservation policy. He leaves a legacy that will shape wildlife ecology and policy for many years to come.
Most importantly, he was a kind and thoughtful person who loved his family, the great outdoors, and homemade birthday cakes. We will miss him greatly.