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Invited (research) panel member for National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (review of BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program)


The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council convened a 14-member panel of researchers from across the U.S. that spanned numerous disciplines, geographies, and skillsets. The ultimate task of the panel was to review the science surrounding numerous aspects of horse and burro biology and management, and provide a palette of program options for the DOI’s Bureau of Land Management to consider. This panel was charged with reviewing the state of the science in one of the Academy’s most contentious assignments - the review of BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program; more than 10,000 public comments were submitted from around the world. Panelists reviewed population-size estimation, population ecology, fertility control, genetics, community ecology, demographic modeling, and human socio-political issues surrounding equid management. Beever contributed to chapters on survey techniques to estimate herd sizes, as well as for synecology of horses as it relates to determination of Appropriate Management Levels or horse/burro herd sizes. (October 2011 – June 2013)


National Research Council (G.H. Palmer [Chair], C.S. Asa, E.A. Beever, and 11 other authors). 2013. 2013. Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.