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Dean, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming

John L. Koprowski has been dean of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources since September 2020. He came to the University of Wyoming from the University of Arizona, where he was Director of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment since 2018 and a professor of wildlife conservation and management since 2000. At UA, he directed the Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit and the Mt. Graham Biology Programs and held affiliations with the Institute of the Environment and the Genetics Interdisciplinary Degree Program.

Dean Koprowski has taught undergraduate courses in wildlife conservation and management and graduate courses that deal with the complexity of environmental and conservation challenges in human-dominated landscapes. He has taught international courses in Ecuador, Mongolia, China, and Italy. He brings a passion for interdisciplinary teaching that is rich in experiential learning in order to immerse students in the grand challenges that our society faces. Dean Koprowski strives to empower and embolden students to make a difference.

John’s research program has focused on the ecology, conservation, and management of biodiversity through community based approaches in the United States, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Nepal, China, Mongolia, South Africa, and numerous other international locations. With more than 180 peer-reviewed articles and books, John and his nearly 50 graduate students have worked to provide data-informed solutions to conservation challenges. His efforts in wildlife conservation have led to his election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Wildlife Society, and the Linnean Society of London.


  • –present
    Dean and Wyoming Excellent Chair, Haub School of Environment & Natural Resources, University of Wyoming


  • 1991 
    University of Kansas, PhD in Biology