Bachelor of Science, Kearney State College, Nebraska, 1970. Master of Science, Kearney State College, Nebraska, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy, North Dakota State University, Fargo, 1978.
Science teacher Marquette Consolidated Schools, Nebraska, 1970—1974. Assistant to full professor Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, 1978—1992. Professor, biology University Nebraska, Kearney, since 1992.
Member, restoration & education Prairie Plains Resource Institute, Aurora, Nebraska, 1998—2009. With, service organization United Campus Ministries, Kearney, 1998—2009. Member, prairie management board Willa Cather Memorial Foundation, Red Cloud, 2007—2009.
Fellow: Center Great Plains Studies (scholarship committee since 2002). Member: Society Range Management, Ecological Society America, Nebraska Academy of Sciences (president 1995-1996), Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Judy Ann Runge, March 27, 1970. 1 child Jennifer Anne.