2024 TWS Elections: Southeastern Representative  

This year’s nominees for Southeastern Representative to TWS Council are Eric Pelren and Lisa Muller

The ballot for The Wildlife Society’s 2024 elections includes nominees for the position of Southeastern Representative to TWS Council.

Electronic ballots will be sent May 29 to all members with an email address. Members without an email address will receive a paper ballot in the mail. Voting will close June 30. Mailed paper ballots must be postmarked on or before June 30. In accordance with TWS’ Bylaws, newly elected council members are scheduled to be installed at the next regular meeting of Council during the 31st Annual Conference, Oct. 19-23, in Baltimore, MD.

The candidates’ statements expressing their vision for The Wildlife Society and their interest in running for this council position are below.

The Southeastern Voting District includes all TWS members who reside in these geographic areas: Alabama, Arkansas, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia


Eric Pelren

As a member of The Wildlife Society for over 36 years, I have benefitted profoundly in many ways, both personally and professionally, from its many services.  I am fortunate to be in a position that allows me to be active at all levels that the Society offers.  As advisor to a student chapter, I am honored to mentor upcoming professionals, and I am impressed every year at the Southeastern Wildlife Student Conclave, and at the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Conference, with the caliber of students across our Section.  In 2015-1016, I served as Southeastern Section Historian; in this capacity, I delved deeply into Section records and was humbled by the depth, integrity, and impacts of our actions.  From our participation in the formation of the Endangered Species Act, to our influence on proposed federal funding of wildlife conservation, to our commentary regarding professional standards and formation of a certification process, the Southeastern Section has been a force that is exemplary and motivational to me.  I would be proud to represent the Section as our representative to Council.   

Read Eric Pelren’s complete biographical sketch here.

Lisa Muller

I have been involved with teaching and research in wildlife for many years.  I strongly believe it is important to give back to the profession and encourage current and future wildlife biologists to continue the great work of TWS.  I am passionate about including diverse voices as I know wildlife conservation issues faced tomorrow will require many different ways of thinking.  I know it is important to participate and for everyone to make their voices heard.  I want to promote communication and collaboration in the profession.  I also encourage wildlife professionals to engage the public and explain the science and thought that goes into management decisions. 

Solutions to conservation issues and progress in natural resource management will come from an informed and passionate membership.  I believe TWS provides many opportunities for professional growth and I will continue to advocate for education, training, and mentorship.  I have been very fortunate to have had great guides, colleagues, and friends at all levels of TWS.  I would like to be a part of the tradition and promote involvement.  I welcome interactions, ideas, and suggestions from all members. If reelected, I will do my best to continue to serve the Southeast Section.

Read Lisa Muller’s complete biographical sketch here.

Header Image: The ballot for The Wildlife Society’s 2024 elections include two nominees for Southeast Representative to TWS Council. Credit: Gerry Dincher