Michael Runge, Ph.D.

Biography

Michael Runge is a research ecologist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, where he has worked since 1999.  He received a B.A. in biology and philosophy (1989) from the Johns Hopkins University, an M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) in biology (1994) from Spalding University, and a Ph.D. in wildlife science (1999),with minors in biometrics and agricultural economics, from Cornell University.  He taught math and science at St. Francis High School in Louisville, Kentucky, from 1989 to 1994.  Dr. Runge was a visiting scientist at the University of Melbourne, School of Botany, from 2009 to 2010.

See July 2015 interview in Nature.

Honors, Awards, Recognition, and Elected Memberships
  • Presidential Scholar.  The White House.  June 1985.
  • Phi Beta Kappa.  Johns Hopkins University.  Election, March 1988.
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma.  Spalding University.  Election, April 1994.
  • Gamma Sigma Delta.  Cornell University.  Election, May 1998.
  • Superior Service Award.  United States Department of Interior.  October 2005.  For “an exceptional job of making your science available to natural resource managers for use in their management decisions.”
  • Extraordinary Contribution.  Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System, USFWS.  June 2003.  For extraordinary contributions to Fulfilling the Promise.
  • Regional Director’s Conservation Award, USFWS Region 4.  May 2007.  For contributions to and partnership in the science and recovery efforts of the Florida manatee.
  • Unit Award for Excellence of Service.  U.S. Department of Interior.  September 2007.  “In recognition of outstanding achievements in introducing the adaptive management initiative across the Department.”
  • Unit Award for Excellence of Service.  U.S. Department of Interior.  November 2007.  “In recognition of the outstanding contributions of the International Polar Bear Science Team in providing timely information in support of the USFWS polar bear listing decision.”
  • Regional Director’s Award for Excellence in Communication.  USGS Western Region.  November 2007.  “In recognition of outstanding science leading to enhanced understanding of the relation between climate change and polar bears.”
STAR (Scientific Achievement) Awards
  • PWRC, U.S. Geological Survey.  January 2002.  For helping organize and present the Adaptive Management Workshop at the 2001 Wildlife Society Meeting.
  • PWRC, U.S. Geological Survey.  January 2002.  For helping organize and present the Adaptive Management Workshop at the 2001 Wildlife Society Meeting.
  • USGS.  August 2003.  For supporting the USFWS in the manatee incidental take rule-making.
  • USFWS Region 5.  June 2004.  For outstanding contributions to improving wildlife management science on National Wildlife Refuges throughout Region 5.
  • USFWS Region 4.  February 2005.  For extraordinary efforts assisting the USFWS when a Marine Mammal Protection Act Special Rule for manatees was proposed.
  • USGS.  November 2007.  For significant contributions to the USGS Science Strategy to support USFWS decision-making on polar bears.
  • USFWS, NCTC.  December 2007.  For development of the FWS/USGS structured decision making workshops, and “outstanding performance in developing new opportunities for FWS and USGS collaboration.”
  • USGS.  May 2011.  For leadership in developing an integrated research project across multiple science centers and bureaus to bear on urgent permitting issues related to golden eagles and renewable energy development.
  • USGS, August 2012.  For national leadership in applying decision science to solve complex natural resource problems, including work to support the USGS regional realignment, the Integrated Arctic Management team, and the management of non-native fish in the Grand Canyon.