Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit receives science award
The Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Texas Tech has been honored with a 2015 'Excellence in Science' Award from the U.S. Geological Survey, officials announced on Monday (Mar. 2). The unit is a partnership between Texas Tech, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Geological Survey, The Wildlife Management Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Officials noted that the unit celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2014 and continues to be, "a model for student-focused collaboration and cooperation. The Texas unit is exceptional in every aspect of research, graduate education, and technical assistance to cooperators."
"This is one of the highest awards for overall scientific productivity and relevance that a Cooperative Research Unit can receive from the U.S. Geological Survey and we are truly honored by this recognition," said Reynaldo Patino, a professor with Texas Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management with a joint appointment at the U.S. Geological Survey.
Patino has been with the unit and Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences since 1989. He's a member of the adjunct faculty of the Department of Environmental Toxicology. His research interests broadly include aquatic sciences and impacts of environmental change on fisheries resources.
In the past two years, Patino has published 15 papers in peer-reviewed journals and received the Texas Chapter of American Fisheries Society's Education Award, while Assistant Unit Leader for Wildlife Clint Boal published 18 papers and served as president of the Raptor Research Foundation. Assistant Unit Leader for Fisheries Tim Grabowski, who joined the group in 2011, published 11 papers during the same period and has already supported nine graduate students.
The Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit was established at Tech by the U.S. Congress in 1988 and was first staffed in 1989. It is part of the National Cooperative Research Units Program that resides within the U.S. Geological Survey, and its mission is to conduct and facilitate research and education activities related to natural resource management and conservation.
Specific fields of interest include fisheries and wildlife management, aquatic and wildlife ecology, community ecology, ecophysiology, ecotoxicology, reproductive biology, and fish culture. These research and educational efforts are based on the technical expertise of unit scientists and university cooperators.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Reynaldo Patino, unit leader and professor, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University and U.S. Geological Survey "" Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, (806) 834-6483 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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