Texas Tech University

Dr. Warren Conway

Bricker Endowed Chair in Wildlife Management and Chairperson

Email: warren.conway@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-6579

Office: PSS 265

Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2001

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Research Interests

My graduate students and I pursue a wide variety of wildlife-related research topics that are typically focused upon ecologically relevant and applied wildlife population, conservation, and management issues.  My research interests are not individually-species specific, and include both game and nongame species inhabiting Texas coastal marshes and prairies, inland playas and saline lakes of the Southern Great Plains, and more recent work in eastern New Mexico.  Most of our work has common themes of wildlife-habitat relationships, population and community dynamics, population management, restoration, and conservation, and more recent efforts have focused upon shorebird and waterfowl toxicology.  Previous and current work has focused upon snowy plover ecology and connectivity, diving duck and mottled duck population ecology and ecotoxicology, wintering waterfowl ecology in Texas stock ponds, inland American alligator ecology in east Texas, wild turkey restoration, and exotic invasive plant control and management.  Current research has expanded into pronghorn, elk, bighorn sheep and mule deer ecology, conservation, and management in Texas and New Mexico.

Pictured above: Dr. Warren Conway assisting New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologists with pronghorn translocation project in northeastern New Mexico

Courses Taught

Waterfowl Ecology; Principles of Wildlife Management; other field-related wildlife Techniques course


Past President of The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society; Adjunct Faculty at Kansas State University, Texas A&M University, and Stephen F. Austin State University; Member Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Migratory Gamebird Advisory Council.

Recent Publications

Saalfeld, D.T., S.T. Saalfeld, W.C. Conway, and K.M Hartke.  2016.  Wintering grassland bird response to vegetation structure, exotic invasive plant composition, and disturbance regime in Texas coastal prairies.  The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128:290-305.

Novak, L.D., C.E. Comer, W.C. Conway, D.G. Scognamillo, and R.D. Gay.  2016. Nesting ecology of early-successional birds in restored longleaf and loblolly pine stands.  The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128:314-327.

Collins, D.P., B.A. Grisham, C. Conring, J. Knetter, W.C. Conway, S.A. Carleton, and M. Boggie.  2016.  Evidence of new summer areas and interpopulation mixing of two greater sandhill crane populations in the Intermountain West.  The Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 7:141-152.  

Sullins, D.S., W.C. Conway, D.A. Haukos, C.E. Comer, K.A. Hobson, L.I. Wassenaar, and I. Hung.  2016.  American woodcock migratory connectivity as indicated by hydrogen isotopes.  Journal of Wildlife Management 80: 510-526.

Isabelle, J.L., W.C. Conway, C.E. Comer, G.E. Calkins, and J.B Hardin.  2016. Reproductive ecology and nest site selection of eastern wild turkeys translocated in east Texas.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 40:88–96.

Collins, D.P., W.C. Conway, C.D. Mason, and J.W. Gunnels.  2015.  Aquatic invertebrate production in moist-soil managed wetlands on Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area, east-central Texas.  The Southwestern Naturalist 60:263-272

Isabelle, J.L., W.C. Conway, C.E. Comer, G.E. Calkins, and J.B. Hardin.  2015. Home range size and habitat selection of translocated female wild turkeys in east Texas.  Proceedings of the National Wild Turkey Symposium 11:143–153.

Bennett, A.J., W.C. Conway, C.E. Comer, H.M. Williams, and S.B. Bosworth. 2015.  Seedbank potential of Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera) in a Texas bottomland hardwood forest.  The Natural Areas Journal 35:581-584.

Riecke, T.V., W.C. Conway, D.A. Haukos, J.A. Moon, and C.E. Comer.  2015. Baseline blood Pb levels of black-necked stilts on the upper Texas coast. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 95:465-469.  

Melville, H.I.A.S., M.L. Morrison, W.C. Conway, C.E. Comer, and J.B. Hardin.  2015.  Home range interactions of three sympatric mesopredators in east Texas.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 93: 547–557.

Collins, D.P., W.C. Conway, C.D. Mason, and J.W. Gunnels.  2015.  Decomposition of three common moist-soil plant species on Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area, Texas. The Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 6:102-111.

King, J.R., W. C. Conway, D.J. Rosen, and B.P. Oswald.  2015Response of deeproot sedge (Cyperus entrerianus) to herbicide and prescribed fire in Texas coastal prairie.  Invasive Plant Science and Management 8:15-31.

Moon, J.A., D.A. Haukos, and W.C. Conway.  2015.  Mottled duck (Anas fulvigula) movements in the Texas Chenier Plain Region.  Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 2:255–261.

McDowell, S.K., W.C. Conway, J.A. Moon, D.A. Haukos, C.E. Comer, and I. Hung.  2015. Blood lead exposure concentrations in mottled ducks (Anas fulvigula) on the upper Texas coast.  Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 2:221-228.

Melville, H.I.A.S., W.C. Conway, M.L. Morrison, C.E. Comer, and J.B. Hardin.  2014. Artificial nests identify possible nest predators of eastern wild turkeys.  Southeastern Naturalist 13:80-91.

King, J.R., W.C. Conway, D.J. Rosen, B.P. Oswald, and H.M. Williams.  2014.  Total nonstructural carbohydrate trends in deeproot sedge (Cyperus entrerianus).  Weed Science 62:186-192.

Mason, C.D., R.M. Whiting, Jr., and W.C. Conway.  2013.  Time activity budgets of waterfowl wintering on livestock ponds in northeast Texas.  Southeastern Naturalist 12:757-768. 

Seidel, S.A., C.E. Comer, W.C. Conway, R.W. DeYoung, J.B. Hardin, and G.E. Calkins.  2013. Influence of translocations on eastern wild turkey population genetics in Texas.  The Journal of Wildlife Management 77:1221-1231. 

Rosen, D.J., A.D. Caskey, W.C. Conway, and D.A. Haukos.  2013.  Vascular flora of saline lakes in the Southern High Plains of Texas and eastern New Mexico.  The Journal of the Texas Botanical Research Institute 7(1):595-602.

Saalfeld, S.T., W.C. Conway, D.A. Haukos, and W.P. Johnson.  2013.  Offspring sex ratio adjustment in the snowy plover.  Western North American Naturalist 73:60-71.  

Saalfeld, S.T., W.C. Conway, D.A. Haukos, and W.P. Johnson.  2013.  Recent declines in apparent survival and survey counts of snowy plovers breeding in the Southern High Plains of Texas.  The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125:79-87. 

Saalfeld, S.T., W.C. Conway, D.A. Haukos, and W.P. Johnson.  2012.  Snowy plover nest site selection, spatial patterning, and temperatures in the Southern High Plains of Texas.  The Journal of Wildlife Management 76:1703-1711.     

Saalfeld, D.T., W.C. Conway, and G.E. Calkins.  2012.  Nest success and hatchling survival of American alligators within inland wetlands of east Texas.  The Journal of Wildlife Management 76:1568-1575.