Texas Tech University

Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle

Associate Professor, Wetland Ecology

Email: kerry.griffis-kyle@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-2619

Office: Goddard Hall 202B

Director, Professional Science Master's Track in Natural Resources Management

Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2005

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Research Interests

My research program addresses questions related to biodiversity and conservation. Much of my lab's work is focused on evaluating how anthropogenic stressors, including climate change, are affecting wetlands and wetland dependent species and how we can modify our management strategies to mitigate for these issues. We use interdisciplinary approaches to address management driven research questions in arid and semi-arid regions. I combine basic and theoretic approaches; integrating population ecology, landscape ecology, animal behavior, and conservation biology to address research questions on a variety of taxa ranging from invertebrates and amphibians to birds and mammals.

Current projects include:

  1. Conservation planning including connectivity evaluations and vulnerability assessments
  2. Desert wetlands and their importance in arid-land biodiversity
  3. Water quality and effects on populations and connectivity of populations
  4. Biodiversity hotspots of species at risk

Courses Taught

  1. NRM 2307 Diversity of Life
  2. NRM 3407 Vegetation and Wildlife Inventory and Analysis Techniques
  3. NRM 4301 Tropical Avian Ecology
  4. NRM 5307 Wetland Ecology

Recent Publications

Drake, J., K.L. Griffis-Kyle, N.E. McIntyre. 2017. Graph theory as an invasive species management tool: Case study in the Sonoran Desert. Landscape Ecology 32: 1739-1752.

Ramesh, R., G. Perry, M. Farmer, K.L. Griffis-Kyle. 2017. Limited data used to make valid inference about targeting sites for conservations: A case study in urban amphibian ecology. Herpetological Review 48:1-5.

Drake, J., K.L. Griffis-Kyle, N.E. McIntyre. 2017. Using nested connectivity models to resolve management conflicts of isolated water networks in the Sonoran Desert. Ecography 8(1), e01652.

Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2016. Physiology and ecology to inform climate adaptation strategies for desert amphibians. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 11: 563-582.

McIntyre, N.E, J.C. Drake, and K.L. Griffis-Kyle. 2016. A connectivity and wildlife management conflict in isolated desert waters. Journal of Wildlife Management  80:655-666. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.1059.

Drake, J.C., J.S. Jenness, J. Goetting, K.L. Griffis-Kyle. 2015. Testing a model for the prediction of isolated water sites in the Sonoran Desert. Journal of Arid Environments 118:1-8. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.02.018.

Griffis-Kyle, K.L., J. Kovatch, C. Bradatan. 2014. Water quality: a hidden danger in anthropogenic desert catchments. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38:148-151. doi: 10.1002/wsb.358.