It’s said that nature is the art of God, and some, therefore, feel a sacred duty to protect it. From an early age, Drew Fowler developed an admiration for the great outdoors, and this passion led him to nearly a decade of post-secondary education.
After graduating from Fort Bend Christian Academy, Class of ’06, Drew studied wildlife ecology and conservation at Texas A&M University, where he developed a strong interest in wetland systems, water birds and their integrated management. He enrolled in a master’s degree program at Louisiana State University and conducted his master’s degree research at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico.
After obtaining his masters, Fowler worked for Delta Land Services in Baton Rouge for 14 months before once again heading back to school. In November 2018, Drew received his doctorate from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, where he researched heterogeneity in the spring body condition, survival and seasonal origins of snow geese, with applications towards population management.
Immediately following the completion of his PhD, Drew began work as the Waterfowl and Migratory Game Bird Research Scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Madison, Wisconsin. Now, Drew directs statewide research applied towards informing waterfowl and wetland conservation and management.
Drew attributes his ability to be so successful in postsecondary education to the great foundation and mentorship he received at Fort Bend Christian Academy.
“FBCA surrounded me with empathetic and patient mentors eager to teach me academically and personally from a Christian worldview. Now, thirteen years removed from high school, I am extremely grateful for teachers who became mentors and friends, like Tony Slate, who weekly demonstrated the gospel of Jesus Christ to me from 7th grade and beyond my high school graduation. Principals, nurses, coaches and other teachers did the same. FBCA gave me sound teaching while also instructing me how to think.”
Fowler obtained a B.S in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2010 and a master’s degree in Renewable Natural Resources from Louisiana State University in 2013. He met and married Katie Vahle, originally from Indiana, while they both lived in Louisiana. The couple share two daughters, Adelynn (6 yrs.) and Amelia (2 1/2 yrs.). Drew and Katie have been active in their church communities wherever God has placed them, in particular serving in ministries for emotionally or mentally challenged youth.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” – Job 12:7-10