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

Texas Education Activities


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As part of our mission, Unit scientists teach graduate level courses, mentor graduate students (Unit students), and conduct workshops for our cooperators. By combining teaching, research and technical assistance to state and federal cooperators while incorporating students into these activities, Unit students have the unique opportunity to pursue a graduate degree while also receiving unparalleled academic-scientific training and applied work experience. Our students can pursue an M.S. or Ph.D. degree through the Natural Resources Management or Biological Sciences departments at Texas Tech University. Please contact the Unit scientist that you are interested in working with and visit the links below to find out more about being a graduate student at Texas Tech University.

Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Tropical Avian Ecology Boal July 2010 August 2010
Structured Decision Making in Natural Resources Conservation Boal January 2014 May 2014
Structured Decision Making in Natural Resources Conservation Boal January 2011 May 2011
Selected Topics in Fisheries Science/Advanced Topics in Biology Patiño January 2010 May 2010
Selected Topics in Fisheries Science/Advanced Topics in Biology Patiño August 2009 December 2009
Select Topics in Wildlife Science Boal May 2006 June 2006
Select Topics in Fisheries Science/Biology Patiño January 2008 May 2008
Select Topics in Fisheries Science/Biology Patiño January 2007 May 2007
Select Topics in Fisheries Science/Biology Patiño January 2006 May 2006
Select Topics in Fisheries Science/Biology Patiño August 2006 December 2006
Select Topics in Fisheries Science/Biology Patiño August 2005 December 2005
Raptor Ecology and Management Boal September 2002 December 2002
Raptor Ecology and Management Boal January 2005 May 2005
Raptor Ecology and Conservation Boal January 2017 May 2017
Raptor Ecology and Conservation Boal January 2015 May 2015
Raptor Ecology and Conservation Boal January 2012 May 2012
Raptor Ecology and Conservation Boal August 2020 December 2020
Raptor Ecology and Conservation Boal August 2018 December 2018
Raptor Ecology and Conservation Boal August 2009 December 2009
Problems: Tropical avian ecology Boal July 2006 August 2006
Physiological ecology of aquatic organisms Patiño January 2004 May 2004
Physiological ecology of aquatic organisms Patiño January 2002 May 2002
Physiological Ecology of Aquatic Organisms Patiño January 2010 May 2010
Physiological Ecology of Aquatic Organisms Patiño January 2008 May 2008
Physiological Ecology of Aquatic Organisms Patiño January 2006 May 2006
Nongame Ecology and Management Boal January 2006 May 2006
Fisheries Ecology: Management and Conservation of Marine Resources in a Changing Ocean Grabowski June 2011 June 2011
Field Ichthyology Grabowski May 2015 May 2015
Field Ichthyology Grabowski May 2014 May 2014
Field Ichthyology Grabowski May 2013 May 2013
Field Ichthyology Grabowski May 2012 May 2012
Cell Biology Patiño March 2004 April 2004
Aquaculture/Advanced Aquaculture Patiño August 2005 December 2005
Aquaculture Patiño August 2009 December 2009
Aquaculture Patiño August 2007 December 2007
Animal Ecophysiology/Advanced Animal Ecophysiology Patiño January 2020 May 2020
Animal Ecophysiology/Advanced Animal Ecophysiology Patiño January 2018 May 2018
Animal Ecophysiology/Advanced Animal Ecophysiology Patiño January 2016 May 2016
Animal Ecophysiology/Advanced Animal Ecophysiology Patiño January 2014 May 2014
Animal Ecophysiology Patiño January 2013 May 2013
Advanced Tropical Ecology (co-taught with Gad Perry) Boal August 2009 December 2009
Advanced Tropical Ecology (co-taught with Gad Perry) Boal August 2008 December 2008
Advanced Tropical Ecology (co-taught with Gad Perry) Boal August 2007 December 2007
Advanced Tropical Ecology (co-taught with Gad Perry) Boal August 2006 December 2006
Advanced Tropical Ecology (co-taught with Gad Perry) Boal August 2005 December 2005
Advanced Tropical Ecology Boal, Perry August 2014 December 2014
Advanced Tropical Ecology Boal, Perry August 2013 December 2013
Advanced Tropical Ecology Boal August 2012 December 2012
Advanced Tropical Ecology Boal August 2011 December 2011
Advanced Tropical Ecology Boal August 2010 December 2010
Advanced Nongame Ecology and Management Boal September 2002 December 2002
Advanced Nongame Ecology and Management Boal January 2008 May 2008
Advanced Nongame Ecology and Management Boal January 2004 May 2004
Advanced Nongame Ecology and Management Boal August 2001 December 2001
Advanced Animal Ecophysiology Patiño January 2013 May 2013
Advanced Animal Ecophysiology Patiño August 2011 December 2011
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
USGS, Over the Water Safety Training Grabowski September 2014
USGS, Over the Water Safety Training Grabowski March 2013
USDOI, Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) Long, Brewer, Grabowski May 2012
USDOI, Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) Grabowski March 2013
The Texas Unit hosted a workshop on Adaptive Management/Structure Decision Making to managers from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. My role was as facilitator. Patiño August 2010
Red Cross Adult/Child CPR/AED/First Aid training for staff at Texas Tech University field station Grabowski April 2013
Red Cross Adult/Child CPR/AED/First Aid training for Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit students and Department of Natural Resources Management students Grabowski October 2015
Red Cross Adult/Child CPR/AED/First Aid training for Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit students and Department of Natural Resources Management students Grabowski October 2014
Red Cross Adult/Child CPR/AED/First Aid training for Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit students Grabowski September 2013
Raptor Permitting Workshop. 1/2 day workshop held at the 2019 Meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation, Fort Collins, CO. Instructed participants as to the requirements and process for obtaining permits for research with birds of prey, including federal scientific permits, Institutional Animal Care and Use permits, bird banding permits, and take permits. Taught with other instructors from USFWS and USGS. Boal November 2019
Raptor Capture and Handling Techniques Boal February 2004
Introduction to Structured Decision Making. Assistant instructor for week long course at NCTC Boal June 2011
Introduction to Structured Decision Making course, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV Boal June 2012
Introduction to Structured Decision Making (ALC 3171), National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV Boal May 2013
Introduction to Structured Decision Making (ALC 3171) held at the National Conservation Training Center. Boal August 2017
Harnessing Raptors with Transmitters. 1/2 day workshop held at the 2017 meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation. Instructed students in types of transmitters used in research and methods to attach them to raptors. Boal November 2017
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal October 2017
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal October 2016
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal May 2018
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal June 2017
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal June 2014
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal July 2018
Bird Capture and Banding Workshop Boal April 2008
Assistant facilitator for a Structured Decision Making training workshop held for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Boal, Conroy July 2010
Assistant Coach, Adaptive Management: Structured Decision Making for Recurrent Decisions (ALC 3176) National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV Boal May 2012
Animal Care and Use Training: capture and handling birds of prey Boal November 2009
Adult and Child CPR/AED/First Aid Grabowski, Boal November 2012
Adult and Child CPR/AED/First Aid Grabowski February 2013
Adult CPR/AED/First Aid provided to USFWS Refuge Personnel Boal September 2021
Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Boal November 2020
Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Boal May 2021
Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Boal June 2021
Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Boal January 2020
Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Boal December 2020
Title and Location Speaker Date
“This piece of cod passeth all understanding” – Intrastock diversity, local adaptation, and their implication to fisheries conservation and management
Presented to: Texas Tech University (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Brown Bag Seminar Series)
Grabowski November 2013
“Endocrine disruption:” What is it and why should it matter to a conservation biologist?
Presented to: Texas Tech University, ANRS
Patiño March 2013
Wildlife endocrine disruption: where are we now and where do we go from here?
Presented to: Texas Tech University, Department of Biological Sciences
Patiño October 2015
Wildlife endocrine disruption: history, current status and future outlook
Presented to: Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Patiño September 2016
Understanding the links between flows, habitat, and fishes: tales from three Texas rivers.
Presented to: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Project WILD Aquatic
Grabowski July 2013
U.S.-Mexico research at the Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit. U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Presented to: USGS Headquarters
Patiño February 2007
Thyroid endocrine disruption in fish and its effects on development and reproduction. USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center, Columbia, Missouri.
Presented to: USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center
Patiño October 2006
Thyroid endocrine disruption in fish and its effects on development and reproduction. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, Texas.
Presented to: The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute
Patiño December 2006
Thyroid endocrine disruption in fish and its effects on development and reproduction. Texas A&M University Department of Biology, College Station, Texas.
Presented to: Texas A&M University
Patiño November 2006
Thermal ecology of lesser prairie-chickens in shinnery-oak vegetation communities of west Texas: preliminary results
Presented to: Webinar invited by USFWS Great Plains LCC
Boal, Grisham July 2011
The many faces of cod: Diversity, divergence, and population structuring in the Icelandic marine environment.
Presented to: Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Grabowski April 2011
The ecology of lesser prairie-chickens implications of climate change in shinnery oak-grassland communities in New Mexico and Texas.
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Boal, Grisham March 2012
The National Science Foundation CAREER Program. Texas Tech Unviersity Office of Research Services, Lubbock, Texas (Brown Bag Seminar Speaker).
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Patiño May 2009
The National Science Foundation CAREER Program. Texas Tech Unviersity Office of Research Services, Lubbock, Texas (Brown Bag Seminar Speaker)
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Patiño May 2008
The National Science Foundation CAREER Program. Texas Tech University Office of Research Services, Lubbock, Texas (Brown Bag Seminar Speaker)
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Patiño May 2007
The National Science Foundation CAREER Program. Texas Tech University Office of Research Services, Lubbock, Texas (Brown Bag Seminar Speaker)
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Patiño May 2005
The National Science Foundation CAREER Program. Texas Tech University Office of Research Services, Lubbock, Texas (Brown Bag Seminar Speaker)
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Patiño May 2004
The National Science Foundation CAREER Program. Texas Tech University Office of Research Services, Lubbock, Texas (Brown Bag Seminar Speaker)
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Patiño June 2006
Structural and functional diversity of estrogen receptors in channel catfish
Presented to: Texas Woman's University
Patiño November 2001
Review of current Lake Mead fish endocrine studies. Interagency Water 2025 Team Meeting, Henderson, Nevada.
Presented to: Interagency Water 2025 Team
Patiño March 2008
Relationships between surface water quality and the spatiotemporal distribution and ecological impacts of golden alga blooms.
Presented to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources & Recovery Center, Dexter, New Mexico.
Patiño February 2013
Recent progress in the physiology of ovarian follicle maturation and ovulation in fishes
Presented to: Eastern New Mexico University
Patiño April 2002
Recent advances in our understanding of ovarian follicle maturation in teleost fishes - and the advantages of an integrative study approach
Presented to: National Science Foundation
Patiño July 2002
Perchlorate and the fish thyroid. Perchlorate Fish Toxicology Retreat. Alaska Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence, Denali National Park, Alaska.
Presented to: University of Alaska
Patiño April 2007
Ornithological Research on Guana Island: a decade in review.
Presented to: H. Levity Stoutt College, Roadtown, British Virgin Islands
Boal October 2005
New concepts and mechanisms in the hormonal control of ovarian follicle maturation in teleost fishes
Presented to: Washington State University
Patiño October 2001
New bird species in the British Virgin Islands: evidence for migration pattern changes?
Presented to: H. Levity Stoutt College, Roadtown, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Boal October 2006
Love, lust, and fisheries conservation: sordid tales of protecting fishes by better understanding their reproductive ecology and behavior
Presented to: University of Hawai’i-Manoa
Grabowski December 2015
Love, lust, and fisheries conservation: sordid tales of protecting fishes by better understanding their reproductive ecology and behavior
Presented to: University of Hawai’i-Hilo
Grabowski December 2015
Love, lust and fisheries conservation: sordid tales of protecting fishes by better understanding their reproductive ecology and behavior
Presented to: Texas Tech University (Association of Natural Resource Scientists Seminar Series)
Grabowski March 2014
Love and lust at 50 fathoms (or less): Prying into the private lives of fishes to improve fisheries conservation and management
Presented to: Tennessee Tech University
Grabowski July 2015
Local adaptation in a changing world: the implications of population structure to resiliency and persistence of fishes
Presented to: Texas Tech University (Climate Science Seminar Series)
Grabowski December 2013
Keep Austin weird and Texas streams running: turning Guadalupe Bass into an icon of aquatic conservation
Presented to: University of Texas at Tyler
Grabowski March 2016
Hierarchical assessment of northern goshawk foraging habitat in Minnesota.
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Boal April 2001
Harmful algae growth
Presented to: Convergent Research Seminar Series, Department of Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech University
Patiño November 2020
Habitat use and home range patterns of northern goshawks in the Western Great Lakes region of North America.
Presented to: International Symposium on the Ecology of Northern Goshawks. Meeting of Raptor-Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Boal January 2006
Fundamentals of Endocrine Disruption. Conservation Science Web Conference (Webinar), National Conservation Training Center, Fish and Wildlife Service, Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
Presented to: Fish and Wildlife Service
Patiño June 2008
For Cod and Country: Understanding the behavior and plasticity of Icelandic cod
Presented to: Florida International University
Grabowski March 2014
Estrogen receptor structure and function in teleost fishes.
Presented to: Western Regional Fisheries Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Division of Biological Resources, Seattle, Washington
Patiño November 2000
Estrogen receptor structure and function in teleost fishes (Endocrinology Seminar Series)
Presented to: Oregon State University
Patiño October 2000
Environmentally relevant concentrations of glyphosate stimulate growth of harmful algae (webinar)
Presented to: U.S. Geological Survey
Patiño December 2018
Ecology of lesser prairie-chickens in west Texas: current research on a rapidly decreasing species.
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Boal April 2011
Clark County Water Reclamation District Fathead Minnow Study
Presented to: Lake Mead Ecosystem Monitoring Workgroup
Patiño August 2012
Changing lanscape and changing climate: lesser prairie-chicken conservation in a changing world.
Presented to: University of Maine
Boal September 2011
Blackpoll Warblers: a 10 gram bird that is way tougher than you.
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Boal April 2013
Birds of Prey of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Presented to: H. Levity Stoutt College, Roadtown, Tortola, BVI
Boal October 2003
Biomarkers of exposure to endocrine-disrupting contaminants and their application to aquatic fauna of the Rio Grande Basin
Presented to: New Mexico State University
Patiño April 2005
Assessing restoration effectiveness: a review of river restoration
Presented to: Kansas State University
Rogosch February 2021
Arid landscape, changing landscape: meeting cooperators needs in the Southern Great Plains.
Presented to: Virginia Ploytechnic Institute and State Unversity
Boal April 2010
An integrative approach to understanding ovarian follicle maturation and ovulation in teleost fishes.
Presented to: The University of Texas - Austin
Patiño December 2004
An ecological study of northern goshawks in Minnesota
Presented to: Utah State University-Uintah Campus
Boal March 2002
"This piece of cod passeth all understanding" - Intrastock diversity, local adaptation, and their implications to fisheries conservation and management
Presented to: Oklahoma State University
Grabowski September 2012
"It's pronounced Llano NOT Llano...": Exploring the relationship between flow, habitat, and fishes in the South Llano River
Presented to: Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries Habitat Branch
Grabowski August 2015
Title Presenter Date
The management implications of intrastock diversity Grabowski October 2010
The importance of understanding basic biology in fisheries management Grabowski September 2014
Raptor Techniques Boal May 2016
Raptor Techniques Boal June 2021
Raptor Techniques Boal June 2018
Raptor Techniques Boal July 2019
Raptor Techniques Boal July 2017
Open Ocean Grabowski October 2015
Intermittent streamflow and disturbance Rogosch October 2021
Human Dimensions in International Agricultural Development Patiño October 2004
Fisheries Conservation and Management Grabowski October 2015
Comparative Anatomy of Game Animals Patiño October 2004
Comparative Anatomy of Game Animals Patiño April 2004
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
de J. Contreras-Garcia, Maria (MS) Patiño 2008 2011
Wulff, Sarah (MS) Boal 2008 2010
Walker, Jimmy (MS) Boal 2011 2014
Villanueva, Jose (PhD) Patiño 2006 2008
Vidal Lopez, Juan (PhD) Patiño 2014 2018
Vidal Lopez, Juan (MS) Patiño 2006 2009
Venkataramani, Sujatha (MS) Patiño 2020 Present
VanLandeghem, Matt (PhD) Grabowski 2011 2013
Turner, Josh (MS) Boal 2007 2008
Tinkler, Dorothy (PhD) Boal 2003 2004
Thekkiniath, Jose (PhD) Patiño 2009 2013
Teaschner, Andrew (MS) Boal 2002 2005
Soto, Ricardo (PhD) Patiño 2002 2008
Songhe, Li (PhD) Patiño 2017 2020
Smith, Morgan (MS) Patiño 2015 2017
Sebring, Scott (MS) Patiño 2000 2002
Schmidt, Amanda (MS) Boal 2020 Present
Rubio, Amede (PhD) Patiño 2015 2020
Rode, Olivia (MS) Rogosch 2021 Present
Robertory, Bailey (MS) Rogosch 2021 Present
Rashel, Rakib (PhD) Grabowski 2014 Present
Quintana-Martinez, Cesar (PhD) Patiño 2005 2007
Prater, Christine (PhD) Patiño 2015 2017
Post, Jason (MS) Patiño 2011 2012
Park, June-Woo (PhD) Patiño 2002 2003
Nash, Sarah (PhD) Patiño 2021 Present
Musselman, W. (MS) Grabowski 2012 2014
Mougey, Krista (PhD) Boal 2010 2016
Mougay, Krista (MS) Boal 2007 2009
Moreno, Myriam (PhD) Patiño 2005 2008
Miyazono, Seiji (PhD) Patiño 2010 2013
Milgalter, Ron (MS) Boal 2008 2011
Mehta, Jessica (MS) Boal 2016 2019
McLaughlin, John (MS) Boal 2014 2016
Martin, Colleen (MS) Boal 2011 2015
Mannan, Nicholas (MS) Boal 2005 2008
Ma, Hongtao (PhD) Patiño 2009 2011
Lustgarten, Jacob (MS) Patiño 2007 2009
Logue, Daniel (MS) Grabowski 2015 2016
Lee, Kyungwoo (PhD) Patiño 2012 2013
Kumar, Naveen (PhD) Patiño 2017 2019
Kane, Dale (PhD) Boal 2003 2012
Johnson, Chris (PhD) Boal 2017 Present
Jiang, Shengjian (MS) Patiño 2016 2016
Jiang, Shengjian (MS) Grabowski 2015 2017
Janice, Kelly (MS) Boal 2009 2012
Jacquez, Alejandra (MS) Patiño 2021 Present
Islam, Ranakul (MS) Patiño 2016 2017
Hu, Fang (PhD) Patiño 2004 2006
Hochstrasser, Jillian (MS) Rogosch 2021 Present
Hendrickson, Carrie (MS) Patiño 2001 2002
Heath, Kristen (MS) Boal 2016 2019
Hays, Hayden (PhD) Rogosch 2021 Present
Griffin, Cody (MS) Boal 2013 2016
Goleman, Wanda (PhD) Patiño 2000 2004
Goldfarb, Jack (PhD) Boal 2005 2006
Godar, Alixandra (MS) Boal 2013 2016
Gilbert, Morgan (MS) Grabowski 2014 2015
George, Owen (MS) Patiño 2021 Present
Garcia, Lexi (MS) Boal 2013 Present
Gao, De (PhD) Boal 2012 2017
Farley-Dawson, Elizabeth (PhD) Boal 2013 2017
East, Jessica (MS) Grabowski 2013 2015
Dyer, Joey (PhD) Grabowski 2015 2018
Durham, Bart (PhD) Patiño 2003 2007
Durboraw, Tara (MS) Boal 2019 2021
Delaune , Kelbi (PhD) Patiño 2016 2020
De La Piedra, Sylvia (MS) Boal 2015 2017
Cruz-Li, Emilia (PhD) Patiño 2000 2004
Cromie , Meghan (MS) Patiño 2011 2012
Compton, Michael (PhD) Patiño 2009 2015
Chizinski, Chris (PhD) Patiño 2004 2007
Campbell, Matt (PhD) Patiño 2003 2008
Cameron, Fraser (PhD) Grabowski 2013 2018
Buckley, Byron (PhD) Boal 2014 2019
Buckley, Byron (MS) Boal 2012 2013
Barrus, Ben (MS) Boal 2007 2008
Barnett, Terri (MS) Boal 2001 2003
Aymami, Caitlyn (MS) Rogosch 2021 Present
Ali, Reza (PhD) Boal 2005 2010
Albers, Eric (PhD) Patiño 2001 2004
Actkinson, Michael (MS) Boal 2003 2006