NEW CHIEF NAMED FOR THE ODNR |
DIVISION OF NATURAL AREAS & PRESERVES
COLUMBUS, OH - Thomas E. Linkous, a long-time ecologist with the Ohio Department of Transportation, has been appointed chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas & Preserves.
Linkous comes to the agency following a 29-year career with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), where he most recently served as the agency's environmental liaison, responsible for coordinating projects and contacts with state and federal environmental agencies. He will join ODNR on December 13, replacing Nancy Strayer, who will resume her former position as assistant chief.
"Tom Linkous brings a wealth of environmental knowledge and experience to ODNR,” ODNR Director Sam Speck said. “We are delighted to have recruited a natural resources professional of this caliber.”
As chief of the ODNR Division of Natural Areas & Preserves, Linkous will oversee Ohio’s system of 128 state nature preserves and 20 state scenic river segments, which protect the state’s natural features such as native vegetation, unique geologic formations, and rare and endangered species.
In addition to his career with ODOT, Linkous has also worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and was a high school biology teacher in the Cincinnati area. He holds a bachelors degree in life science from Otterbein College and a masters degree in fisheries management from The Ohio State University.
His professional associations include memberships in the American Fisheries Society and the National Society of Wetland Scientists. Linkous also serves as chair of the Ecology and Transportation Task Force of the Transportation Research Board.
Linkous and his wife Marilyn, are the parents of one son, David. They reside in the Columbus suburb of Westerville.