Neil E. West, professor of range science at Utah State University, received the Chapline Award from the Society for Range Management at the organization's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in January.

The citation notes West's exemplary career in university research and teaching and recognizes his status as a world authority on plant ecology of arid and semi-arid environments.His students hold responsible positions in universities, industry, state and federal agencies, and his research results have influenced policies and practices by state and federal land management agencies, the citation noted.