Dr. David Maehr was associate professor of conservation biology at the University of Kentucky. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in wildlife ecology at the University of Florida. Dr. Maehr studied Florida bird communities, cerulean warbler and golden-winged warbler ecology, and a variety of large mammal species in the U.S. and Mexico. He was instrumental in researching the habits, range, and conservation needs of the Florida panther and the Florida black bear and in working with ranchers and farmers to preserve the habitat of these two endangered species.