Dr. Jim Anderson

Dr. Jim Anderson, Director, James C. Kennedy Waterfowl & Wetlands Conservation Center

Dr. James T. (Jim) Anderson is the James C. Kennedy Endowed Professor of Waterfowl and Wetland Ecology, the Director of the James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetland Center, and a faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University. Jim arrived at Clemson in August 2021. Until August 2021 he was a Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources and the Davis-Michael Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University (WVU).  He started at WVU in January 1999 as an assistant professor, became associate professor in 2004, and full professor in 2009.  He earned a B.S. in wildlife from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1991), an M.S. in range and wildlife management through the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1994), and a Ph.D. in wildlife science from Texas Tech University (1997). 

Jim’s research centers on wetland and riparian wildlife ecology and wetland/ riparian management. He has published >150 scientific articles, has mentored over 50 graduate students, and garnered >$28 million in grants and contracts.  Jim has taught or co-taught a diversity of courses including Waterfowl Ecology, Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, The Tradition of Hunting, Renewable Resources Policy and Governance, Applied Wetlands Ecology and Management, and Restoration Ecology. He has received multiple department and college awards for outstanding researcher, teacher, and service provider and has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the West Virginia University Forestry Alumni Association.

In his spare time, Jim likes to garden, hunt, and go on adventures with his wife, Heather, and their Labrador retriever, Gideon. 

See his CV for more details.


Dr. Rick Kaminski, Research Scientist, James C. Kennedy Waterfowl & Wetlands Conservation Center

Dr. Rick Kaminski joined Clemson University’s James C. Kennedy Waterfowl & Wetlands Conservation Center and the science team of Clemson’s Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in June 2015, after retiring from Mississippi State University (MSU) where he was a faculty member since 1983 and Kennedy Chair of Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation from 2008 until his retirement. Rick served as Director of Clemson’s Kennedy Center from June 2015 until August 2021, when he was succeeded by Dr. James T. Anderson.

Rick has mentored over 50 graduate students at MSU and Clemson after working four years as a research biologist for Ducks Unlimited-Canada and graduating from Michigan State University (M.S. and Ph.D., 1975 and 1979) and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (B.S., 1972). Rick has taught courses at MSU on waterfowl ecology and management, wetlands ecology and management, wildlife techniques, wildlife management field practices, and professional communications.  At Clemson, Rick continues to co-teach, with Dr. Lauren Rubio, an online course in waterfowl ecology and management that attracts 50-60 students from the across the country each fall semester, as well guest lectures in other Clemson courses.

Rick and his students and colleagues have published widely on waterfowl and wetlands ecology and conservation, including a book and a Wildlife Monograph both of which received publication awards from The Wildlife Society (TWS). TWS also recognized Rick as a Fellow in 2007 and with the Caesar Kleberg Award of Excellence for applied wildlife research in 2009. Ducks Unlimited awarded him a life-time conservation achievement award in 2006. He also was named by Outdoor Life magazine in 2008 to a group of 25 North Americans who have made significant contributions to hunting and wildlife conservation. In 1994, Rick was selected by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation as Wildlife Conservationist of the Year for his and Dr. Brian Gray’s research and outreach on illegal waterfowl hunting in the Mississippi Flyway. In the 1990s, Rick served as associate editor for The Journal of Wildlife Management and Wildlife Society Bulletin, and he has been honored by MSU multiple times for his contributions to teaching, research, and service.

In 2014, Rick was honored as a distinguished alumnus of the College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  In the previous year, Rick received the Clarence W. Watson award at the Southeastern Fish and Wildlife Annual Conference and the 2012 national Blue-winged Teal Award for the MSU waterfowl and wetlands program. Also while at MSU, he was instrumental in attracting philanthropic gifts for establishment of the James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation, the James C. Kennedy Endowed Undergraduate/Graduate Student Scholarship, the Paul Meng and Richard M. Kaminski Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship in Waterfowl and Wetlands, and the former Carsie Clark and Diane Worthington Young Wetland Education Theater.

Rick relaxes by managing wetlands for waterfowl and other wildlife, training his retrievers, assisting with wetlands conservation and education, hunting waterfowl, and is a staunch fan of Clemson and MSU athletics. He and his wife, Loretta, live in Pawleys Island, SC and have two children (Shannon and Matt), a son-in-law, Neil, a daughter-in-law, Molly, and three grandchildren: Tanner, Penelope and Madison. Spending time with their children and grandchildren is a delight of their lives.