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Samantha Kahl Joins Tech’s Natural Resources Management Department

Samantha Kahl Joins Tech’s Natural Resources Management Department

Samantha Kahl, a Tennessee-based wildlife biologist and natural resource planner, has been named an assistant professor in Texas Tech University’s Department of Natural Resources Management, according to officials with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She officially stepped into new her teaching and research post on Jan. 1.

The Saint Louis, Missouri, native indicated that she’s particularly interested in landscape and habitat planning, human dimensions, invasive species management, wildlife conservation and herpetology.

In the past her research has focused on wildlife habitat and connectivity modeling for highway planning in the Cherokee National Forest, and habitat suitability modeling for the invasive brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis).

One of her primary goals here at Texas Tech is to carry out research on regional landscape and habitat planning and management with studies on climate change, urban ecology, and human dimensions.

Prior to joining the Texas Tech faculty, Kahl worked in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at The University of Tennessee through the Southern Appalachian Research Branch of the United States Geological Survey. She also worked as a graduate research assistant at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, as well as a graduate teaching assistant and vivarium assistant at Saint Louis University.

She received her bachelor’s degrees from Blackburn College (Carlinville, Ill.), and her master’s degree from Saint Louis University. Her doctorate in wildlife science is from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She is a member of The Wildlife Society. Awards for Kahl include a Quail Unlimited Wildlife Research Scholarship (2009, 2010); Hispanic Leaders in Agriculture and Engineering Fellowship(2008, 2009, 2010); and Outstanding Graduate Student  Award for Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Department of Agriculture (2008).

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Mark Wallace, Chairman, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2841,



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