Doctor Rayond Moranz recently earned his Ph.D. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management
at Oklahoma State University, working under the direction of Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf.
He researches the effects of fire and grazing on prairie plant and butterfly communities
in Oklahoma, Missouri,and Kansas. Ray also performs ecological research for Iowa
State University, and conducts biological surveys through his business, Moranz Biological
Consulting, LLC. Ray grew up in the beech-maple hardwood forests of western New York
State and received his B.S. in Ecology and Evolution from Cornell University. He
received his M.S. in Zoology from the University of Florida, where his thesis examined
the geographic and temporal variation of defensive chemicals in the Queen butterfly.
He has worked for The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to
help protect endangered species in Florida and California respectively. Ray resides
in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with his wife Lara, 7 year old daughter Helena, and 5 year
old son Andrew. Main hobbies for his family include gardening, hiking, singing, art,
and taking care of an ever-growing menagerie of pets.
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