Boise biologist and former Utahn William S. Platts has been named to the Idaho Water Resource Board, succeeding Mary Brooks.

Platts has worked as a fishery biologist for both the Idaho and Utah departments of fish and game and the U.S. Forest Service. He is a consulting biologist with Chapman Consults Inc., Boise.Platts has a bachelor's degree from Idaho State University and a master's in wildlife management and a doctorate in fisheries science from Utah State University.

He is past president of the American Fisheries Society. Platts has received numerous awards for his work, including the Idaho Conservationist of the Year Award from the Idaho Wildlife Federation in 1985. Platts is a Republican, as is Brooks.