Ecology & Management of Biological Diversity in Texas and the World
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences aspires to preeminence among academic programs dealing with ecology, management, and conservation biology. Our faculty is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in conservation of biodiversity, natural resource management, and the sustainable use of natural resources. An overarching goal of the department is to facilitate the sustainability of the earth’s biota and the ecosystems on which they depend while accommodating for human health and welfare.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences discovers and communicates knowledge relevant to the conservation and management of wildlife and fishery resources and the ecosystems that sustain them through integrated academic instruction, research, and extension programs. We subscribe to a multidisciplinary approach that fosters interdepartmental collaboration and outreach to agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public and private interests over a wide range of natural resource topics, including environmental quality, sustainable management of natural resources, bioinformatics, biocomplexity and environmental quality. We intertwine innovative research and extension endeavors with high-level teaching of undergraduate and graduate students, who represent the next generation land stewards and conservation professionals. We also extend the university to the general public to relate research results in a meaningful way that can be understood and implemented to make positive impacts on natural systems.
The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences value scholarship in all its forms – discovery, integration, application, and teaching. We value understanding for its own sake, for the betterment of people, and for the conservation of the natural world. The department encourages, appreciates and rewards various forms of scholarly activity in teaching, research, extension, and public service, including integration of these activities. Diverse viewpoints, ethical consideration, and approaches to pursuing and manifesting scholarship, including constructive criticism, are accepted and nurtured.
WFSC faculty, staff, and students all support and adhere to the Aggie Code of Conduct.
Conway, K. W., A. L. Stewart & A. P. Summers. (2018). A new species of sea urchin associated clingfish of the genus Dellichthys (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae). ZooKeys, 740:77-95. https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/22712/
Yorzinski, Jessica L., Lam, Jennifer, Schultz, Rachel and Davis, Melissa. (2018), Thermoregulatory postures limit antipredator responses in peafowl, Biology Open, 2018, January. http://bio.biologists.org/content/7/1/bio031005
Correa, S.B. and Winemiller, K. (2018), Terrestrial-aquatic trophic linkages support fish production in a tropical oligotrophic river, Oecologia. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-018-4093-7
Drovetski, Sergei V., Reeves, Andrew B., Red’kin, Yaroslav A., Fadeev, Igor V., Koblik, Evgeniy A., Sotnikov, Vladimir N., Voelker, Gary. Multi-locus reassessment of a striking discord between mtDNA gene trees and taxonomy across two congeneric species complexes, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolutions, Volume 120, 2018, 43-52, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790317304347
Entwistle, C., Mora, M. A. and Knight, R. (2018), Estimating coastal wetland gain and losses in Galveston County and Cameron County, Texas, USA. Integr Environ Assess Manag, 14: 120–129. doi:10.1002/ieam.1973
Neam, K. D. and Lacher, T. E. (2018), Multi-scale effects of habitat structure and landscape context on a vertebrate with limited dispersal ability (the brown-throated sloth, Bradypus variegatus). Biotropica. doi:10.1111/btp.12540
Srinivasan M, Swannack TM, Grant WE, Rajan J, Wursig B. To feed or not to feed? Bioenergetic impacts of fear-driven behaviors in lactating dolphins. Ecol Evol. 2018;8:1384-1398. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3732
Leignel V., Hurtado L. A., Segonzac M. (2017) Ecology, adaptation and acclimatisation mechanisms of Bythograeidae Williams, 1980, a unique endemic hydrothermal vent crabs family: current state of knowledge. Marine and Freshwater Research 69, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF17007
Hodo, C.L., M.R. Mauldin, J.E. Light, K. Wilkins, S. Tang, Y. Nakazawa, G.L. Emerson, J.M. Ritter, J.L. Mansell, and S.A. Hamer. (2018), A novel poxvirus in proliferative lesions of wild rodents in east-central Texas. Accepted at Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Anderson, A., J.E. Light, O.M. Takano*, and M.L. Morrison. (2018), Population structure of the Townsend’s big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii townsendii) in California. Accepted at Journal of Mammalogy.
Arcangeli, J., J.E. Light, and F.A. Cervantes. 2018. Molecular and morphological evidences of diversification in the Grayish mouse opossum Tlacuatzin canescens (Didelphimorphia). Journal of Mammalogy 99: 138-158.
Light, J.E., S.E. Harper, K.P. Johnson, J.D. Demastes, and T.A. Spradling. 2018. Development and characterization of 12 novel polymorphic microsatellite loci for the mammal chewing louse Geomydoecues ewingi (Insecta: Phthiraptera) and a comparison of next-generation sequencing approaches for use in parasitology. Journal of Parasitology 104: 89-95.
Angeli, N. F., Lundgren, I. F., Pollock, C. G., Hillis-Starr, Z. M. and Fitzgerald, L. A. (2018), Dispersal and population state of an endangered island lizard following a conservation translocation. Ecol Appl. doi:10.1002/eap.1650
Michelato, Mariana, Furuya, Wilson M. and Gatlin, Delbert M. III (2018). “Metabolic responses of Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus to methionine and taurine supplementation.” Aquaculture Vol 485 2 February 2018: 66-72.
Bhattacharyya, J., D.L. Roelke, R.M.W. Muhl, F.G. Withrow. 2018. Exploitative competition of invaders differentially influences the diversity of neutral, lumpy and intransitive phytoplankton assemblages in spatially heterogeneous environments. Ecological Modelling. 370: pp. 59-66.
Sakavara, A., G. Tsirtsis, D.L. Roelke, R. Mancy, S. Spatharis. 2018. Lumpy species coexistence arises robustly in fluctuating resource environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 115: 738–743.
Withrow, F.G., D.L. Roelke, R.M.W. Muhl, J. Bhattacharyya. 2018. Water column processes differentially influence richness and diversity of neutral, lumpy and intransitive phytoplankton assemblages. Ecological Modelling. 370: pp. 22-32