Texas Tech University

Dr. Blake Grisham

Assistant Professor

Email: blake.grisham@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-7492

Office: CASNR ANNEX Room 123c

Ph.D. Texas Tech University, 2012

Lab Website

BlakeGrisham

Research Interests

My research focuses on the conservation and management of game and non-game bird species in context of a changing climate. My current research focuses on the relationship between environmental variables and thermal tolerances of nesting lesser prairie-chickens, assessing the role of the National Wildlife Refuge System for Sandhill Crane conservation, integrating climate science methodologies into ecological field studies, and developing monitoring protocols for waterfowl and Sandhill Cranes. I am a member of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Interstate Working Group Science Team, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Lesser Prairie-Chicken science team, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Special Species Assessment Team for Lesser Prairie-Chickens. Ecology and conservation of ground nesting birds has been a primary focus of my research since 2008.

Service

I am a member of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Interstate Working Group Science Team, past member of the early professional editorial staff for The Condor, and participant in the Bureau of Land Management's Step Outside Day at the Crossbar Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. I am also the WAFWA Lesser Prairie-Chicken Science Advisory Committee and USFWS SSA Invited Lesser Prairie-Chicken Scientific Advisor.

Courses Taught

  1. NRM 5337 Fish and Wildlife Population Modeling and Integrated Wildlife-Climate Response Modeling
  2. NRM 6002-007 Integrated Natural Resource-Climate Response Modeling
  3. NRM 3407 Vegetation Inventory and Analysis and Wildlife Techniques
  4. NRM 5317 – Advanced Studies in Range- Wildlife Habitat
  5. NRM 4309/5315 Range-Wildlife Habitat Management

Recent Publications

Grisham, B., A. Godar, and C. Griffin. The Potential Effects of Climate Change on Lesser Prairie-Chickens. In Ecology and Conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens. D. Haukos and C. Boal (eds). Studies in Avian Biology In Press. (Invited Lead Author).

Grisham, B., A. Behney, P. Borsdorf, D. Lucia, J. Zavaleta, D. Haukos, and C. Boal. Conservation and Management of Lesser Prairie Chickens in Sand Shinnery Oak-Grasslands. In Ecology and Conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens. D. Haukos and C. Boal (eds). Studies in Avian Biology In Press. (Invited Lead Author).

Grisham, B. and C.W. Boal. Causes and Timing of Mortality and Breeding Season Survival of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Shinnery Oak Prairies. Wildlife Society Bulletin Accepted.

Buckley, B., A. Andes, B. Grisham, and C. Dabbert. 2015. Effects of Broadcasting Supplemental Feed into Roadside Vegetation on Home Range and Survival of Northern Bobwhite Hens. Wildlife Society Bulletin doi:10.1002/wsb.533.

Grisham, B., P. Borsdorf, C. Boal, and K. Boydston. 2014. Nesting Ecology of Lesser Prairie-Chickens on the Southern High Plains of Texas. Journal of Wildlife Management 78:857–866.

Grisham, B., C. Boal, D. Haukos, D. Davis, K. Boydston, C. Dixon, and W. Heck. 2013. The Potential Influence of Climate Change on Lesser Prairie-Chicken Reproductive Parameters. PLoS One 8(7): e68225.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068225.

Hagen, C., B. Grisham, C. Boal, and D. Haukos. 2013. A Meta-Analysis of Lesser Prairie-Chicken Nesting and Brood Rearing Habitats: Recommendations for Habitat Management. Wildlife Society Bulletin doi:10.1002/wsb.313.

Navarrete, L. B. Grisham, M. Kalyvaki, K. McGaughey, K. Mougey, B. Skipper, G. Perry, and C. Boal. 2013. Diurnal Activity Patterns of Black-Necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) During the Non-Breeding Season in the Eastern Caribbean. Journal of Caribbean Ornithology 26: 17–21.

Skipper, B., B. Grisham, M. Kalyvaki, K. McGaughey, K. Mougey, L. Navarrete, R. Rondeau, C. Boal, and G. Perry. 2013. Non-Overlapping Distributions of Feral Sheep (Ovis aries) and Stout Iguana (Cyclura pinguis) on Guana Island, British Virgin Islands. IRCF Reptiles and Amphibians 20: 7–15.

Chamberlain, M., B. Grisham, J. Norris, N. Stafford III, F. Kimmel, and M. Olinde. 2012. Effects of Variable Harvest Regimes on Annual Survival and Recovery Rates of Male Wild Turkeys in Southeast Louisiana. Journal of Wildlife Management 76: 907–910.