Brian Murphy is the Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), a position he has held since 1997. He is also a wildlife biologist with a B.S. degree in Range and Wildlife Management from Texas Tech University and a M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Georgia. While at UGA, he was awarded the E.L. Cheatum Wildlife Excellence Award. After graduating, he worked for four years as a deer biologist in Australia, earning the National Conservation Award from the Australian Deer Association in 1996. In 2011, Murphy was named one of the top 25 conservation leaders of the year by Outdoor Life magazine. He has presented more than 600 lectures and authored more than 120 popular and scientific articles on deer biology and management. Brian and his wife Heidi have two daughters, Lauren and Jordan, and they reside in Watkinsville, Georgia.