Texas Tech University

Dr. Clint Boal

Professor, Wildlife Biology

Email: clint.boal@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-6536

Office: Agricultural Sciences 218

Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1997

Lab Website


Research Interests

My research is directed at addressing contemporary research and information needs of wildlife management agencies. Although I study a broad array of species and management issues, my primary re­search interests are the ecology and conservation of predatory birds and their roles in biotic communities. 

Courses Taught

  1. NRM 5325  Raptor Ecology and Conservation
  2. Structured Decision Making in Natural Resources


Member of the Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee for Texas Parks and Wildlife; Bylaws Committee Chair for the Raptor Research Foundation; Texas Tech University Animal Care and Use Committee

Recent Publications


Farquhar, C.C. and C.W. Boal. 2022. Raptors of Texas: a natural history of diurnal birds of prey. Texas A&M Press, College Station, TX.

Boal, C.W. and C.R. Dykstra (editors). 2018. Urban raptors: ecology and conservation of birds of prey in cities. Island Press, Washington D.C.

Journal Papers

Boal, C.W., B.D. Bibles, and T.S. Gicklhorn. 2023. Patterns of water use by raptors in the Southern Great Plains. Journal of Raptor Research 57: IN PRESS

Linner-Warren, K., C.W. Boal, and B.D. Bibles. 2023. Seasonal abundance and habitat associations of American Kestrels on the Southern High Plains. Journal of Raptor Research 57:251 – 263.

Boal, C. W. and H. M. Madden, 2022. Bridled Quail-Dove (Geotrygon mystacea), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/brqdov1/2.0 

Durboraw, T. D., C. W. Boal, M. S. Fleck, and N. S. Gill. 2022. A century of varying-severity fire and forest structure recovery in Mexican spotted owl nesting habitat. Fire Ecology 18, 31 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s42408-022-00158-z

Heath-Acre, K., C.W. Boal, D.P. Collins, W.C. Conway, and W.P. Johnson. 2022. Using automated telemetry to identify population connectivity and migration phenology of Snowy Plovers breeding in the Southern Great Plains. Journal of Field Ornithology 92:461-474. 

Portillo-Quintero, C., B. Grisham, D. Haukos, C. Boal, C. Hagen, Z. Wan, and N. Menkiti. 2022. Trends in lesser prairie-chicken habitat extent and distribution on the Southern High Plains. Remote Sensing (Special Issue Wildlife Ecology for a Dynamic Future). Remote Sensing 2022, 14, 3780. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14153780

Schilder, L.J., L.J. Heintzman, N.E. McIntyre, S. Harryman, C.A. Hagen, R. Martin, C.W. Boal, and B.A. Grisham. 2022. Structural and Functional Landscape Connectivity for Lesser Prairie-Chickens in the Sand Shinnery Oak Prairie Ecoregion of the Southern High Plains. Journal of Wildlife Management 86: e22146. https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.22146

Stahlecker, D., Z.P. Wallace, D.G. Mikesice, C.W. Boal, R.K. Murphy, W.H. Howe, and M.B. Ruehman. 2022. Golden Eagle breeding distribution in wind energy landscapes in the Southern Great Plains. Journal of Raptor Research 54:1-11.