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 2010-07-05 2010-08-06
Structured Decision Making in Natural Resources Conservation Boal 2014-01-16 2014-05-06
Structured Decision Making in Natural Resources Conservation Boal 2011-01-12 2011-05-03
Selected Topics in Fisheries Science/Advanced Topics in Biology Patiño 2010-01-14 2010-05-06
Selected Topics in Fisheries Science/Advanced Topics in Biology Patiño 2009-08-26 2009-12-07
Select Topics in Wildlife Science Boal 2006-05-01 2006-06-30
Select Topics in Fisheries Science/Biology Patiño 2008-01-12 2008-05-03
Select Topics in Fisheries Science/Biology Patiño 2007-01-10 2007-05-01
Select Topics in Fisheries Science/Biology Patiño 2006-08-28 2006-12-14
Select Topics in Fisheries Science/Biology Patiño 2006-01-12 2006-05-02
Select Topics in Fisheries Science/Biology Patiño 2005-08-29 2005-12-10
Raptor Ecology and Management Boal 2005-01-08 2005-05-05
Raptor Ecology and Management Boal 2002-09-01 2002-12-15
Raptor Ecology and Conservation Boal 2018-08-28 2018-12-12
Raptor Ecology and Conservation Boal 2017-01-18 2017-05-08
Raptor Ecology and Conservation Boal 2015-01-15 2015-05-05
Raptor Ecology and Conservation Boal 2012-01-17 2012-05-08
Raptor Ecology and Conservation Boal 2009-08-01 2009-12-31
Problems: Tropical avian ecology Boal 2006-07-01 2006-08-31
Physiological ecology of aquatic organisms Patiño 2004-01-15 2004-05-05
Physiological ecology of aquatic organisms Patiño 2002-01-15 2002-05-15
Physiological Ecology of Aquatic Organisms Patiño 2010-01-14 2010-05-06
Physiological Ecology of Aquatic Organisms Patiño 2008-01-10 2008-05-03
Physiological Ecology of Aquatic Organisms Patiño 2006-01-12 2006-05-02
Nongame Ecology and Management Boal 2006-01-12 2006-05-02
Fisheries Ecology: Management and Conservation of Marine Resources in a Changing Ocean Grabowski 2011-06-06 2011-06-28
Field Ichthyology Grabowski 2015-05-13 2015-05-28
Field Ichthyology Grabowski 2014-05-16 2014-05-31
Field Ichthyology Grabowski 2013-05-16 2013-05-31
Field Ichthyology Grabowski 2012-05-16 2012-05-31
Cell Biology Patiño 2004-03-30 2004-04-20
Aquaculture/Advanced Aquaculture Patiño 2005-08-29 2005-12-10
Aquaculture Patiño 2009-08-26 2009-12-07
Aquaculture Patiño 2007-08-28 2007-12-12
Animal Ecophysiology/Advanced Animal Ecophysiology Patiño 2020-01-13 2020-05-15
Animal Ecophysiology/Advanced Animal Ecophysiology Patiño 2018-01-15 2018-05-17
Animal Ecophysiology/Advanced Animal Ecophysiology Patiño 2016-01-21 2016-05-17
Animal Ecophysiology/Advanced Animal Ecophysiology Patiño 2014-01-22 2014-05-10
Animal Ecophysiology Patiño 2013-01-18 2013-05-12
Advanced Tropical Ecology (co-taught with Gad Perry) Boal 2009-08-01 2009-12-31
Advanced Tropical Ecology (co-taught with Gad Perry) Boal 2008-08-25 2008-12-10
Advanced Tropical Ecology (co-taught with Gad Perry) Boal 2007-08-27 2007-12-14
Advanced Tropical Ecology (co-taught with Gad Perry) Boal 2006-08-29 2006-12-10
Advanced Tropical Ecology (co-taught with Gad Perry) Boal 2005-08-29 2005-12-10
Advanced Tropical Ecology Boal, Perry 2014-08-25 2014-12-12
Advanced Tropical Ecology Boal, Perry 2013-08-26 2013-12-04
Advanced Tropical Ecology Boal 2012-08-28 2012-12-11
Advanced Tropical Ecology Boal 2011-08-23 2011-12-13
Advanced Tropical Ecology Boal 2010-08-26 2010-12-07
Advanced Nongame Ecology and Management Boal 2008-01-08 2008-05-06
Advanced Nongame Ecology and Management Boal 2004-01-15 2004-05-05
Advanced Nongame Ecology and Management Boal 2002-09-01 2002-12-15
Advanced Nongame Ecology and Management Boal 2001-08-10 2001-12-15
Advanced Animal Ecophysiology Patiño 2013-01-18 2013-05-12
Advanced Animal Ecophysiology Patiño 2011-08-30 2011-12-12
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
USGS, Over the Water Safety Training Grabowski 2014-09-29
USGS, Over the Water Safety Training Grabowski 2013-03-21
USDOI, Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) Grabowski 2013-03-22
USDOI, Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) Long, Brewer, Grabowski 2012-05-05
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 2010-08-05
Red Cross Adult/Child CPR/AED/First Aid training for staff at Texas Tech University field station Grabowski 2013-04-18
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 2015-10-01
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 2014-10-03
Red Cross Adult/Child CPR/AED/First Aid training for Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit students Grabowski 2013-09-30
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 2019-11-06
Raptor Capture and Handling Techniques Boal 2004-02-11
Introduction to Structured Decision Making. Assistant instructor for week long course at NCTC Boal 2011-06-10
Introduction to Structured Decision Making course, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV Boal 2012-06-08
Introduction to Structured Decision Making (ALC 3171), National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV Boal 2013-05-17
Introduction to Structured Decision Making (ALC 3171) held at the National Conservation Training Center. Boal 2017-08-04
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 2017-11-08
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal 2020-01-31
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal 2018-07-10
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal 2018-05-16
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal 2017-10-26
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal 2017-06-26
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal 2017-06-14
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal 2016-10-28
CPR/AED/First Aid Boal 2014-06-30
Bird Capture and Banding Workshop Boal 2008-04-24
Assistant facilitator for a Structured Decision Making training workshop held for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Boal, Conroy 2010-07-22
Assistant Coach, Adaptive Management: Structured Decision Making for Recurrent Decisions (ALC 3176) National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV Boal 2012-05-04
Animal Care and Use Training: capture and handling birds of prey Boal 2009-11-20
Adult and Child CPR/AED/First Aid Grabowski 2013-02-15
Adult and Child CPR/AED/First Aid Grabowski, Boal 2012-11-30
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 2013-11-13
“Endocrine disruption:” What is it and why should it matter to a conservation biologist?
Presented to: Texas Tech University, ANRS
Patiño 2013-03-28
Wildlife endocrine disruption: where are we now and where do we go from here?
Presented to: Texas Tech University, Department of Biological Sciences
Patiño 2015-10-15
Wildlife endocrine disruption: history, current status and future outlook
Presented to: Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Patiño 2016-09-21
Understanding the links between flows, habitat, and fishes: tales from three Texas rivers.
Presented to: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Project WILD Aquatic
Grabowski 2013-07-22
U.S.-Mexico research at the Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit. U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Presented to: USGS Headquarters
Patiño 2007-02-15
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 2006-10-01
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 2006-12-01
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 2006-11-01
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 2011-07-26
The many faces of cod: Diversity, divergence, and population structuring in the Icelandic marine environment.
Presented to: Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Grabowski 2011-04-01
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 2012-03-07
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 2009-05-15
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 2008-05-21
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 2007-05-15
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 2005-05-01
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 2004-05-08
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 2006-06-01
Structural and functional diversity of estrogen receptors in channel catfish
Presented to: Texas Woman's University
Patiño 2001-11-15
Review of current Lake Mead fish endocrine studies. Interagency Water 2025 Team Meeting, Henderson, Nevada.
Presented to: Interagency Water 2025 Team
Patiño 2008-03-21
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 2013-02-20
Recent progress in the physiology of ovarian follicle maturation and ovulation in fishes
Presented to: Eastern New Mexico University
Patiño 2002-04-15
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 2002-07-15
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 2007-04-15
Ornithological Research on Guana Island: a decade in review.
Presented to: H. Levity Stoutt College, Roadtown, British Virgin Islands
Boal 2005-10-17
New concepts and mechanisms in the hormonal control of ovarian follicle maturation in teleost fishes
Presented to: Washington State University
Patiño 2001-10-15
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 2006-10-14
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 2015-12-02
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 2015-12-01
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 2014-03-07
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 2015-07-30
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 2013-12-03
Keep Austin weird and Texas streams running: turning Guadalupe Bass into an icon of aquatic conservation
Presented to: University of Texas at Tyler
Grabowski 2016-03-04
Hierarchical assessment of northern goshawk foraging habitat in Minnesota.
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Boal 2001-04-08
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 2006-01-18
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 2008-06-19
For Cod and Country: Understanding the behavior and plasticity of Icelandic cod
Presented to: Florida International University
Grabowski 2014-03-20
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 2000-11-07
Estrogen receptor structure and function in teleost fishes (Endocrinology Seminar Series)
Presented to: Oregon State University
Patiño 2000-10-05
Environmentally relevant concentrations of glyphosate stimulate growth of harmful algae (webinar)
Presented to: U.S. Geological Survey
Patiño 2018-12-13
Ecology of lesser prairie-chickens in west Texas: current research on a rapidly decreasing species.
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Boal 2011-04-27
Clark County Water Reclamation District Fathead Minnow Study
Presented to: Lake Mead Ecosystem Monitoring Workgroup
Patiño 2012-08-23
Changing lanscape and changing climate: lesser prairie-chicken conservation in a changing world.
Presented to: University of Maine
Boal 2011-09-23
Blackpoll Warblers: a 10 gram bird that is way tougher than you.
Presented to: Texas Tech University
Boal 2013-04-02
Birds of Prey of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Presented to: H. Levity Stoutt College, Roadtown, Tortola, BVI
Boal 2003-10-14
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 2005-04-12
Arid landscape, changing landscape: meeting cooperators needs in the Southern Great Plains.
Presented to: Virginia Ploytechnic Institute and State Unversity
Boal 2010-04-08
An integrative approach to understanding ovarian follicle maturation and ovulation in teleost fishes.
Presented to: The University of Texas - Austin
Patiño 2004-12-17
An ecological study of northern goshawks in Minnesota
Presented to: Utah State University-Uintah Campus
Boal 2002-03-13
"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 2012-09-27
"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 2015-08-27
Title Presenter Date
The management implications of intrastock diversity Grabowski 2010-10-21
The importance of understanding basic biology in fisheries management Grabowski 2014-09-24
Raptor Techniques Boal 2019-07-03
Raptor Techniques Boal 2018-06-29
Raptor Techniques Boal 2017-07-06
Raptor Techniques Boal 2016-05-27
Open Ocean Grabowski 2015-10-21
Human Dimensions in International Agricultural Development Patiño 2004-10-14
Fisheries Conservation and Management Grabowski 2015-10-23
Comparative Anatomy of Game Animals Patiño 2004-10-28
Comparative Anatomy of Game Animals Patiño 2004-04-01
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
Rubio, Amede (PhD) Patiño 2015 2020
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
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
Islam, Ranakul (MS) Patiño 2016 2017
Hu, Fang (PhD) Patiño 2004 2006
Hendrickson, Carrie (MS) Patiño 2001 2002
Heath, Kristen (MS) Boal 2016 2019
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
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
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 Present
Buckley, Byron (PhD) Boal 2014 2019
Buckley, Byron (MS) Boal 2012 2013
Barrus, Ben (MS) Boal 2007 2008
Barnett, Terri (MS) Boal 2001 2003
Ali, Reza (PhD) Boal 2005 2010
Albers, Eric (PhD) Patiño 2001 2004
Actkinson, Michael (MS) Boal 2003 2006