John Eisemann has served as the Technology Transfer Program Manager at the National Wildlife Research Center since 2013. The National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) is the research arm of the USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services program and its mission is to find solutions to challenging wildlife damage management problems related to agriculture, natural resources, property, and human health and safety. With a research staff of only 33 research scientists, NWRC is relatively small Federal Laboratory, however, their impact is large and has been growing during John’s tenure. In 2018 alone, the NWRC collaborated with 354 unique institutions including 15 international entities. These and past efforts have led to patents, licenses, MOUs, CRADAs and other formal product development collaborations aimed at managing wildlife-human conflict.
While the NWRC is small, those who know us within the technology transfer community are always impressed with our capabilities and reach expertise. Since NWRC, began actively promoting Technology Transfer in 2012, the NWRC has been the recipient of National, Regional and State awards for Technology Transfer and product development efforts. Awards presented by the FLC include: the FLC’s Excellence in Technology Transfer Award in 2015, and Notable Technology Development Award from the FLC Mid-Continent Region in 2015 and 2005. NWRC has received the Colorado Governor’s Award for High Impact Research in 2009 and 2010. In addition, NWRC received the 2015 Department of Defense’s Resource Conservation and Climate Change Project of the Year Award, 2015 Department of Interior’s Partner in Conservation Award and the 2012.
I look forward to the privilege of serving as the FCL Mid-Continent Regional Coordinator. I have always been active in professional organizations and thoroughly enjoy serving in an officer capacity. While most of my previous officer positions have been tied to wildlife biology or environmental management, the Regional Coordinator position will give me the opportunity to vastly expand my professional sphere. As you will see in my biography, I have served in an official technology transfer capacity for a little more than 5 years. I currently serve as current the Mid-Continent Deputy Regional Coordinator and Interim Regional Coordinator. My time as a laboratory TTC and FLC officer has allowed me to see how active technology transfer efforts can advance the science of wildlife management and agriculture protection. I am always looking for opportunities to expand my professional network while at the same time grow the professional recognition and reputation of the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC). I believe being elected as Regional Coordinator will be an exciting next step in my career.
I truly believe my history of working in a small Federal lab, in a relatively minor field (compared to defense and high tech), will benefit the FLC Mid-Continent Regional Chapter. I will offer new perspectives and networks to the Chapter. During my tenure, I will work to develop outreach efforts aimed at small labs in an attempt to expand the effective scope of the FLC beyond the traditional large, well-funded agencies that seem dominate FLC programs. That said, I look forward to supporting all laboratories within our region. I will be an enthusiastic participant in the Regional Chapter, look forward to advancing FLC goals, and serving as your representative.