Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Texas
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Texas Technical Assistance Activities


Storm-tide sensor installed prior to Hurricane Harvey

As part of our mission, Unit scientists routinely provide technical assistance ranging from data analysis support, GIS mapping, workshops, consultations and peer-review and advisory service to primary cooperators as well as other state and federal agencies.

Our most recent contributions are highlighted below.


Description and Agency Provider(s) Date
Site visits with private landowners to discuss strategies to protect and conserve ferruginous hawk nest trees and scope sites for establishment of man-made nesting platforms.
Boal 2004-07-01
Review Team Member; Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Habitat Management Review.
Boal 2004-07-13
Provided analytical assistance and walleye age and growth estimates to a post-doctoral research fellow at Concordia University in Quebec, Canada
Concordia University
Israel 2018-12-01
Member of Review Team for the San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center
Patiño 2005-01-01
Invited member, Black-footed Ferret Working Group, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Ongoing committee service.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Boal 2010-06-21
Invited Panel Member, Impact of research on other animals in the study area. Workshop on Animal Welfare Act compliance for studies of wildlife in the field and captivity. American Society of Mammalogists and the Ornithological Council, Albuquerque, NM (Oct. 2011)
Ornithological Council
Boal 2011-10-27
Invited Panel Expert, lesser prairie chicken ecology and reseach overview, TX Lesser Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee Meeting, Pampa, TX
TX Lesser Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee
Boal None
Invited Panel Expert, Wisconsin and Minnesota National Forest Species Viability Workshop for Forest Plan Revisions
Boal 2002-04-29
Invited Panel Expert, Ecology and Management of Goshawks in Japan, Raptor-Japan, Tokyo.
Boal 2006-01-21
Invited Panel Expert, American Wind/Wildlife Institute eagle meeting, Lakewood, CO (Nov. 2011)
American Wind/Wildlife Institute
Boal 2011-11-03
Invited Member, Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee for Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Role of membership is to provide professional opinion and advice to the Commission relating to contemporary and emerging issues related to wildlife conservation in the state of Texas.
Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee
Boal 2019-01-01
Invited Member, Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee for Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Role of membership is to provide professional opinion and advice to the Commission relating to contemporary and emerging issues related to wildlife conservation in the state of Texas.
Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee
Boal 2015-01-01
Invited Member, Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee for Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Role of membership is to provide professional opinion and advice to the Commission relating to contemporary and emerging issues related to wildlife conservation in the state of Texas.
Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee
Boal 2011-01-01
Invited Member, Eagle Technical Assessment Team for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Role of memberships is to work cooperatively with members to identify approaches to assessing risk to eagles in context of energy development, and approaches to develop a permitting process with mitigation avenues for incidental take.
Eagle Technical Assessment Team
Boal 2010-11-10
Invited Forest Bird Panel Expert for review of the Minnesota Wildlife Resource Assessment Project and the Minnesota Gap Analysis Project.
Boal 2004-07-23
Invited Facilitator, North American Golden Eagle Science Meeting
Golden Eagle Science Group
Boal None
Facilitators assistant, Structured Decision Making Training and Workshop for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Boal 2010-08-03
Decision Analysis coach assisting a subcommittee in developing a strategic plan for their graduate student professional organization.
Association of Natural Resources Scientists
Boal 2019-09-27
Consultant, Structured Decision Making program for strategic hatchery planning by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. San Marcos, TX (Aug. 2015 – Feb. 2016)
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Boal 2015-08-01
Co-facilitator, Structured Decision Making Workshop for the Golden-cheeked Warbler
Golden-cheeked Warbler Recovery Team
Boal 2010-05-11
Co-facilitator, Structured Decision Making Workshop at NCTC
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Boal, Mitchell 2011-09-12
Co-Facilitator, SDM Workshop on "Managing wintering Whooping Cranes on the Aransas NWR during periods of resource scarcity" at National Conservation Training Center
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Boal 2012-05-15
Apprentice Coach, Structured Decision Making Workshop for Red Knot Conservation in Delaware. National Conservation Training Center
Deleware Dept. Conservation
Boal 2010-09-13
Role - Description Provider         Start Date        End Date       
Member, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Texas Tech University - Review research protocols for acceptability in context of the Animal Welfare Act and other animal use policies. Boal 2019-09-01 Present
Member, College Strategic Planning Committee, College of Agriculture Science and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University. Boal 2019-08-01 Present
Member, Graduate Application Review Committee, Department Natural Resouces Management, Texas Tech Univeristy - Review and vote of acceptance or rejection of applicants for graduate study in the Department of Natural Resources Management. Boal 2013-08-01 Present
Chair, Graduate Curricula Review Committee, Dept. Natural Resources Management - Reviewing current graduate curricula to identify current needs and short-comings. Boal 2013-08-01 2017-08-31
Member, Search Committee, Bricker Endowed Chair, Department Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University. Boal 2013-07-01 2014-05-31
Member, Search Committee, GIS Faculty position, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University Boal 2013-07-01 2014-05-31
Member, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Boal 2001-11-01 2013-09-30
Member, Attending Veterinarian Search Committee, Office of the Vice President for Research, Texas Tech University - Search as search committee member for position of new Attending Veterinarian for the University. Boal 2013-03-01 2013-08-31
External Dissertation Examiner, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. - Serve as external examiner for dissertation by : Bronwyn L. Isaac. 2013. Spatial ecology of an apex predator over an urban gradient. Ph.D. dissertation, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Boal 2013-05-01 2013-06-30
Member, Departmental committee for development of a non-thesis masters degree Boal 2008-08-01 2010-05-31
External Dissertation Examiner, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia - Serve as exteranl dissertation examiner for: Rohan J. Bilney. 2009. Sooty owl ecology and recent small mammal declines. Ph.D. dissertation, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Boal 2009-05-01 2009-06-30
Member, New faculty search committee Boal 2007-03-01 2007-08-31
Member, Departmental 2010 Planning Committee Boal 2004-04-01 2004-12-31
Member, New Faculty Search Committee Boal 2001-07-01 2002-04-30
Member, Faculty Awards Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University - Recommend and process faculty award nominations Patiño 2018-09-01 Present
Member, Faculty Awards Committee, Natural Resources Management Patiño 2002-10-01 2019-09-30
Member, Aquatic Sciences Faculty Search Committee - Help select candidate for open aquatic sciences faculty position Patiño 2018-08-01 2019-05-31
Member, Director Search Committee/The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Texas Tech University Patiño 2016-03-01 2017-12-31
Chair, Tenure and Promotion 3-Year Review Committee/Natural Resources Management Patiño 2016-09-01 2016-12-31
Member, Faculty Awards Committee, Biological Sciences Patiño 2015-09-01 2016-08-31
Member, TTU Water Summit Planning Committee Patiño 2014-05-01 2015-09-30
Chair, Tenure and Promotion 3-Year Review Committee/Natural Resources Management Patiño 2015-03-01 2015-08-31
Chair, Aquatic Sciences Faculty Search Committee, Natural Resources Management Department, Texas Tech University Patiño 2013-08-01 2014-06-30
Member, Climate Change Impacts Faculty Search Committee, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University Patiño 2012-08-01 2013-05-31
Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee, Biological Sciences Patiño 2010-09-01 2012-12-31
Chair, Aquatic Sciences Faculty Search Committee, Natural Resources Management Department, Texas Tech University Patiño 2012-01-01 2012-07-31
Member, Chair's Advisory Board, Natural Resources Management Patiño 2008-07-01 2011-12-31
Member, Seminars Committee, Biological Sciences Patiño 2010-09-01 2011-11-30
Member, Fisheries Faculty Search Commitee, Natural Resources Management Patiño 2007-08-01 2007-12-31
Member, Natural Resources Management Chair Search Committee Patiño 2007-06-01 2007-12-31
Member, Fisheries Faculty Search Commitee, Natural Resources Management Patiño 2006-05-01 2006-09-30
Chair, Fisheries Faculty Search Committee, Natural Resources Management Patiño 2005-08-01 2005-12-31
Role and Organization Individual         Start Date        End Date       
USGS BRD RGE Panel Patiño 2010-07-01 2010-09-30
Reviewer, United States Expert Reviewer, Detailed Review Paper on Thyroid Hormone Disrupting Assays, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Patiño 2005-08-01 2005-08-31
Research Grade Evaluation Panel Member, U.S. Geological Survey Patiño 2014-10-01 2014-12-31
Panel member, Research Leadership Discussion, Texas Tech University Patiño None 2018-09-30
Panel Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 200 Patiño 2007-09-01 2007-12-31
Panel Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Tier II assays) Patiño 2013-03-01 2013-06-30
Panel Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Tier I assays) Patiño 2013-03-01 2013-05-31
Panel Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Patiño 2011-05-01 2011-05-31
Member, USEPA Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms research panel Patiño 2017-02-01 2017-04-30
Member, Texas black-tailed prairie dog plague working group Boal 2004-06-01 2006-06-30
Member, Texas Partners in Flight, Panhandle and Rolling Hills Working Group Boal 2001-04-01 2002-12-31
Member, Steering Committee, National Contaminants Program Review, U.S. Geological Survey Patiño 2001-06-01 2002-02-28
Member, Steering Committee, 2002 National Meeting of Cooperative Research Units Patiño 2001-06-01 2002-02-28
Member, Site Review Team, San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Patiño 2005-03-01 2005-03-31
Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Ecological Risk Assessment, USEPA Patiño 1998-06-01 1998-06-30
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Boal 2007-12-01 2007-12-31
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Boal 2004-03-01 2004-03-31
Member, Project Advisory Board, Idaho National Science Foundation-EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Grant Patiño 2007-05-01 2008-05-31
Member, Peer-Review Panel, 21-day Fish Endocrine Screening Assay, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Patiño 2007-04-01 2008-01-31
Member, Organizing Committee, Workshop on the Biology and Culture of Snooks, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico Patiño 2004-01-01 2004-05-31
Member, Organizing Committee, International Conference on Water in Arid and Semiarid Lands, Lubbock, Texas Patiño 2006-04-01 2006-11-30
Member, International Advisory Committee, Seventh International Symposium on the Reproductive Physiology of Fish, Mie, Japan Patiño 2001-08-01 2003-06-30
Member, International Advisory Committee, Eight International Symposium on the Reproductive Physiology of Fish, Saint Malo, France Patiño 2006-05-01 2007-08-31
Member, International Advisory Board, Seventh International Symposium on the Reproductive Physiology of Fish, Mie, Japan Patiño 2001-01-01 2003-05-31
Member, Integrative Animal Biology Panel, National Science Foundation Patiño 2000-01-01 2001-01-31
Member, Animal Growth and Development Panel, USDA/NRICGP Patiño 2000-09-01 2001-08-31
Member, Advisory Committee Patiño 1995-01-01 2001-01-31
Director, National Science Foundation, Integrative Animal Biology Program Patiño 2002-10-01 2003-09-30
Co-chair, Upper Brazos Watershed Research Symposium, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 2008 Patiño 2008-02-01 2008-04-30
Chair, Research Grade Evaluation Panel/U.S. Geological Survey Patiño 2016-03-01 2016-06-30
Bureau Approving Official Search Committee Member, Office of Science Quality and Integrity, U.S. Geological Survey, Patiño 2015-02-01 2015-03-31
Outreach Activity Provider(s)        Date       
‘Urban Raptors’: Q&A with authors of book on ecology and conservation of city-dwelling birds of prey. Article published online by Mongabay: News and Inspiration from Nature’s Frontline. Boal 2018-06-29
Wish you were here. 2010. Article focusing on collaborative ecological research on Guana Island, British Virgin Islands and featuring the scientist. Published 7 January 2010 in Nature magazine. Boal 2010-01-07
Urban Raptors: ecology and conservation of birds of prey in cities. 2018. One-hour interview with listener call in for the Public Affair hour on WORT-FM Community Radio Station, Madison, WI. Broadcast live on 11 June 2018. Boal 2018-06-11
Tech researcher uses GPS to track golden eagles. 2016. Amarillo Globe-News. Article with interview and research by the scientist focused on collaborative research of golden eagles. Published 7 June 2016; Archived at http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2016-06-06/tech-researcher-uses-gps-track-golden-eagles. Boal 2016-06-07
Tech professor studies burrowing owl habitats near U.S. wind farms. 2019. The Daily Toreador newspaper. Article on research focused on wind energy and burrowing owls. Published 30 June 2019 Boal 2019-06-30
Swainson’s hawk. 2013. Public radio broadcast focused on Swainson’s hawks ecology in the Great Plains, with featured audio interview with the scientist. Broadcast on June 23, 2013 as the weekly feature on the Playa Country radio series. Boal 2013-06-23
Researchers provide information on lesser prairie chicken debate. 2013. Article focusing on the scientist’s research with an interview, featured news story for the Texas Tech University Website. Published 26 March 2013 and distributed widely in the print media. Boal 2013-03-01
Researchers monitor how Swainson’s hawks are affected by wind turbines. 2011. Article focusing on collaborative research the scientist is involved in. Published November 2011 online in the Playa Post, the newsletter of the Playa Lakes Joint Venture Boal 2013-03-26
Researcher studying effects of wind turbine farms on burrowing owl habitat. 2019. Texas Tech Today: the official news source for Texas Tech University. Also featured in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal newspaper. Article with interview and research by the scientist focused on award funding and ecology of burrowing owls. Published 26 July 2019 Boal 2019-06-30
Research aiding in study of eagle interaction with wind turbines. 2016. Texas Tech Today: the official news source for Texas Tech University. Also featured on ScienceDaily.com. Article with interview and research by the scientist focused on collaborative research of golden eagles. Published 2 June 2016; Archived at http://today.ttu.edu/posts/2016/06/eagle-wind-turbine and at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160602122511.htm Boal 2016-06-02
Raptor Research: Scientists collect golden eagle data to help energy companies make smarter decisions. Feature article in Discoveries Magazine, a publication of Texas Tech University. Boal 2016-11-14
Provided a 1 hour invited seminar titled "Ecology and Management of Urban Birds of Prey" at the Texas Recreation Areas and Parks Annual Workshop. Purpose of the seminar was to provide state, county, and city park employees with an understanding of bird of prey behavior, how and why human-wildlife conflicts may arise in parks, and steps to take in order to reduce such conflicts. Boal 2001-10-01
Programs and funding opportunities in biological sciences at the National Science Foundation. Open lecture to Graduate Students of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. Patiño 2003-11-01
Primary interviewee for article on man made nest and bald eagles nesting in prairie grasslands of the Texas Panhandle. Amarillo Globe-News. Boal 2006-11-15
Presented a 1 hour invited seminar titled "Grassland Raptors" to the USDA Rita Blanca - Kiowa National Grasslands Leasees Association. Purpose of seminar was to introduce local landowners to ecology and benefits of ferruginous and Swainson's hawks on the public and private rangelands, the compatability of grazing with conservation of grassland raptors, and how to provide suitable nest sites to attract these two species. Boal 2003-01-01
Newspaper interview with scientist and unit staff about the current status of the harmful algal species, Golden Alga. Patiño 2014-01-27
Newspaper interview with scientist and unit postdoctoral researcher about a fish-kill in Lubbock's Canyon Lake System caused by a golden alga bloom in spring 2014. Patiño 2014-04-12
National Public Radio and print interview with scientist about impacts of Golden Alga on aquatic natural resources in Texas, and the potential influence of climate change. Patiño 2014-01-20
NRM’s Clint Boal garners American Ornithological Society honor. 2019. Article on Boal being elected to the level of Elective Member of the American Ornithological Society, a status based on significant contributions to ornithology. Texas Tech University CASNR News Center. Published 27 August 2019 Boal 2019-08-27
Lesser Prairie-chicken Nest Survival May Decline by 2050. 2013. Science news feature article in ScienceDaily focused on research directed by the scientist. Published online 12 July 2013; Boal 2013-05-12
Lead interviewee for newspaper article on bald eagles successfully using a man-made nest in the prairie grasslands. Amarillo Globe-News. Boal 2007-06-18
Invited Panel Member; Panel session on the ecology, management and research needs for goshawks in Japan. International Symposium on Goshawks, Raptor-Japan, Tokyo, Japan Boal 2006-01-20
Gone with the wind? 2009. Article focused on conservation of lesser prairie-chickens and featuring the scientist’s research program and graduate students. Published October 2009 in Texas Parks and Wildlife: the outdoor magazine of Texas. Boal 2009-10-01
Fowl play on campus. 2015. The Agriculturist, College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University. Article with interview and research by the scientist focused on ecology and aggression by Mississippi kites. Published January 2015. Boal 2015-01-01
Escape cover through the eyes of a bobwhite. 2009. Article focusing on graduate research supervised by the scientist. Focus of research was escape behavior and habitat used by bobwhite exposed to different risks. Published November 2009 in the e-Quail Newsletter produced by the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch. Boal 2009-11-01
CASNR researcher studying effects of wind turbine farms on burrowing owls. 2019. Article on research focused on wind energy and burrowing owls. Texas Tech University CASNR News Center. Published 30 June 2019 Boal 2019-06-30
Burrowing owls and wind energy development. 2019. Interview with Marfa Public Radio KRTS-93.5 FM, Marfa, TX. Broadcast on 13 August 2019 Boal 2019-08-13
Brief (6minute) video focused on my golden eagle research to be used as promotional material by the Department of Natural Resources Management and College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University. Boal 2017-09-01
Boal, Haukos garner national society’s Wildlife Publication Award. 2018. Texas Tech University CASNR News Center. Article focused on research publication award received by the scientist and colleague. Published online 24 October 2018 Boal, Haukos 2018-10-24
An Introduction to the Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Presentation to The Lubbock Optimist Club, Lubbock, Texas. Patiño 2005-02-01
Air raid. 2008. Article focused on aggression by Mississippi kites toward humans in Lubbock Texas, and interviewed the scientist relating to the behavioral aspects of the species and his research with them. Published in the Daily Toreador, Texas Tech University, July 2008. Boal 2008-07-25
"Data Sources Matter - A Case Study of the Dwarf Seahorse" -- Article highlighting research on species distribution models and Dwarf Seahorse. Grabowski, Roesler 2018-07-01