John Hickman grew up in a rural area in the coastal plain of South Carolina, near Charleston. Spending most of his youth in the woods, he decided early on that he wanted to dedicate himself to studying and researching white-tailed deer. Upon graduating high school, John was hired by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as a wildlife technician, where he worked for several years. While working, he achieved an associate degree in science from Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. Once he graduated with his A.S., John decided it was time to move on and he packed his things for Athens, Ga. He now resides in Athens and studies wildlife management at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. John plans to graduate with a B.S. in forest resources in the spring of 2012. Immediately thereafter, he will begin a M.S. program in wildlife ecology and management under the direction of Dr. Karl V. Miller.
John’s undergraduate and graduate thesis work will look at the denning ecology of Southeastern coyotes. His study will provide novel insight into the den-site selection, dietary preferences, and foraging behavior of coyotes during the pup-rearing season.
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2152