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SCDNR biologist receives Clemson Professional Achievement Award

Jamie Dozier, who leads the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center in Georgetown County for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), has been awarded Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) Professional Achievement Award.

"Throughout his career, Jamie’s accomplishments in wildlife management, research, teaching, and public outreach have exemplified the finest qualities of a wildlife biologist and conservationist," said Billy Dukes, SCDNR chief of wildlife. "We congratulate CAFLS for this outstanding selection and we congratulate Jamie as the recipient of this prestigious designation. He is most deserving of the 2022 CAFLS Professional Achievement Award."

Dozier is project leader of the 24,000-acre Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center (20) Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center | Georgetown SC | Facebook) in Winyah Bay, just north of Georgetown. The Yawkey Center is supported by a unique partnership between the Yawkey Foundation of Boston, Mass., and SCDNR.

Dozier graduated from Clemson in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and in 1997 with a master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology.

In working with the Yawkey Foundation (The Yawkey Foundation | Welcome), Dozier has helped secure funding to support a full-time research coordinator at Clemson’s Baruch Institute for Coastal Ecology and Forest Sciences, as well as operating funds for the position to date of $750,000. He has also provided internship funding for the CAFLS undergraduate students and for research to support Clemson’s graduate students and faculty. Dozier was praised for his efforts to expand the Center’s reach despite the impact of several hurricanes since 2016.