Merrill Tawse, Professional Instructor of Biology, has been awarded the 2011 Conservationist Award by the Richland County Soil and Water Conservation District. Professor Tawse was recognized for his many years of work monitoring native bat populations for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ohio and other states, studies on native salamanders and over 30 years in outdoor education at the Gorman Nature Center near Mansfield, Ohio. Professor Tawse developed the human cadaver-based anatomy and physiology course that is part of the curriculum for Ashland University's new nursing degree, and also teaches courses in ecology and environmental science. He can sometimes be seen flying bats for his students in the Kettering Science Center.
This is the second year in a row that Ashland University has been recognized by the Richland Conservation District. Last year the University's Environmental Science Program was honored for conservation and education efforts at its Blackfork Wetlands Environmental Studies Center.