Thomas G. Barnes, PhD.
Wild Ones Honorary Director
Extension Professor, Department of Forestry,
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Thomas G. BarnesDr. Barnes is the Kentucky state Extension Wildlife Specialist and a full professor in the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky. He holds his doctorate in wildlife & fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University, a master of science in wildlife & fisheries science from South Dakota State University, and a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from Huron College in South Dakota. Dr. Barnes has been on the Department of Forestry faculty at the University of Kentucky for 20 years and is an internationally published, award-winning author and photographer. During this tenure he has published more than 60 research papers, 50 extension publications and 100 regional or national magazine articles. He has supervised numerous graduate students and his research emphasis focuses on using herbicides to restore native grasslands.

Tom is the author and photographer of the number one regional best selling and Kentucky Literary Award nominated Kentucky's Last Great Places. Other notable books written and photographed include the popular Gardening for the Birds, The Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky, The Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky, and The Gift of Creation: Images from Scripture and Earth, and How to Find and Photograph Kentucky Wildflowers. He is also the author of the award winning publication: "Private Lands Wildlife Management and Technical Guidance Manual." Dr. Barnes is a commissioned Kentucky Colonel and is a member of Leadership Kentucky Class of 2000. He has received numerous awards including Outstanding New Extension Specialist, M.D. Whitaker Award for Outstanding Extension Specialist, First Annual KY Biodiversity Award, and Outstanding Volunteer for the KY Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, The Enrichment Award for the Garden Clubs of Kentucky. He is listed in multiple Who's Who publications such as 2000 Intellectuals of 21st Century, 500 Leaders of Influence, 2000 Leaders of Science, Technology, and Engineering, and 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century. He was named an ABI Man of the Year in 2001 and a Biltmore VIP Who's Who in 2009.

Dr. Barnes is also an accomplished photographer and his photographs have been used in magazines, calendars, books, publications, web sites and for corporate uses throughout the world including Canada, Germany, Japan, Australia, Great Britain, Africa, and the United States. His photographs have been published in such United States magazines as "Highways," "The Horse," "Land & Water," "Forest Landowner", "Blue Ridge Magazine," "Wild Neighbor News", "Erosion Control," "The Wildlife Society Bulletin", and "Native Plant Journal." More than 700 of his images appear on the and University of Tennessee web pages. His photos have also been used by the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, USDA NRCS, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Corps of Engineers, and the Cooperative Extension Service.

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