Release Date: 05/05/2009

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has named Robert Love as the next Coastal and Nongame Resources Division administrator.  Love, an LDWF biologist for over 28 years, replaces Philip Bowman, who retired on May 3, 2009. 

As the new administrator for the division, formerly known as the Fur and Refuge Division within the Office of Wildlife, Love will oversee personnel responsible for coastal marshes on six refuges and eight Wildlife Management Areas, and the management and supervision of fur, alligator, rare, threatened and endangered species, and reptile and amphibian resources within the state.

Love received his undergraduate degree in biology from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois in 1975.  He received his master's degree in wildlife management in 1981 from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.  His master's degree thesis focused on the food habits of nutria in brackish marshes, with field work on the State Wildlife Refuge in Vermillion Parish.

Love began his LDWF career as a wildlife specialist in the Baton Rouge District VII office for the Wildlife Division.  Early in his career he worked with many game species, nuisance wildlife species and species of special concern, including alligators. After working on all WMA's throughout the Florida parishes, he was promoted through the biologist ranks to serve as biologist program manager for nine years, responsible for purchasing conservation lands for WMA's and refuges. He served 18 years in the Wildlife Division before serving the last 10 years in the Fur and Refuge Division, as biologist assistant division administrator. 

Over his career, Love has been involved in wildlife groups including the Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, LSU Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries Alumni Association, LA Professional Biologist Association and others.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.louisiana.gov or 225-765-2465.