Ivana Mali, an associate professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State’s College of Natural Resources, has been named the Ecology Wildlife Foundation Distinguished Scholar for Conservation Biology. The position was recently created through a gift from the Ecology Wildlife Foundation. …Prior to joining NC State in August 2022, Mali served as an associate professor of biology at Eastern New Mexico University. …Mali, who is originally from Serbia, holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Henderson State University in Arkansas; a master’s degree in wildlife ecology from Texas State University-San Marcos; and a Ph.D. in aquatic resources from Texas State University. …As an expert in herpetological conservation, Mali’s research examines how reptile and amphibian populations respond to anthropogenic stressors such as climate change, unregulated harvesting regimes and habitat degradation.