John A. Tanaka
Retired Associate Director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station and
Professor Emeritus, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyoming
John Tanaka had a passion and commitment to the land-grant system. He has spent his career looking for opportunities and helping others take those opportunities to find answers for producers, agencies, and communities. He has always sought to be a team player.
John was actively engaged in WAAESD and served on the APLU-BAA. He was the Administrative Advisor for WCC and WERA committees as well as being a participant and officer on several regional research committees since 1982. He was appointed to the Department of Interior’s John Day-Snake Resource Advisory Council (Oregon and Washington) where he served as Chair for 7 years.
He has served as the Director and the Science Advisor for the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable, Science Advisory Board Member for the Policy Analysis Center for Western Public Lands, representative and chair of the National Association of University Rangeland Programs, representative on the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs, and President of the Society for Range Management.
John served as the Associate Director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, the Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center and the Powell Research and Extension Center, and the Department Head of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Wyoming.
Dr. Tanaka earned a B.S. and M.S. degree at Oregon State University and a Ph.D. at Utah State University.