Charles R. Preston, PhD Research Associate

Dr. Charles R. Preston is the Willis McDonald, IV Founding and Senior Curator Emeritus at the Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody, Wyoming. He retired from the Center in 2018. He garnered international recognition for his “visionary” design and development of the Draper Museum, where he forged a groundbreaking partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to foster biodiversity conservation in Greater Yellowstone. He established the Draper Museum Raptor Experience employing live raptors in public educational programming, and he has been recognized as a “leading thinker” concerning conservation issues in Greater Yellowstone.Prior to his appointment at the Draper Museum in 1998, Dr. Preston was Chairman of the Department of Zoology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (1990 – 1998) and a tenured Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock (1982 – 1989). While at the Denver Museum, Preston’s research and public education initiatives contributed to the establishment of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. He holds or has held adjunct appointments in the Haub School for Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming; Biology and Environmental Science, University of Colorado (Boulder and Denver); Environmental Policy and Management, Denver University, and Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. His research on various species of raptors has spanned more than four decades. Since 2009 he has directed a long-term monitoring/research platform on Golden Eagle nesting ecology in Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin along the eastern margin of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He continues participation in this platform through the affiliation with Teton Raptor Center.

Favorite Raptor: Golden Eagle

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