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Robert Dowler, Ph.D.

Professor Tippett Professor of Biology, Angelo State University; Curator of Mammals, Angelo State Natural History Collections Department of Biology
Email
robert.dowler@angelo.edu
Phone
325-486-6639
Office
Cavness Science Building 020A

Experience

Awards

  • 2015 Joseph Grinnell Award for Excellence in Education in Mammalogy, presented by American Society of Mammalogists, 16 June 2015
  • Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award, Texas Tech University System, 2011
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Research, ASU, 2011
  • Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for the College of Science, ASU Alumni Association, 2005
  • Edgewood High School Alumni Association, inducted in Wedgewood Hall of Fame, 2004
  • ASU Teaching Excellence Award, 2002-2003
  • Robert L. Packard Outstanding Educator Award, Southwestern Association of Naturalists, 2003
  • Scientific Fellow of the New York Zoological Society, 1988

Recent Grants

  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, $258,886. Endangered Species Research Projects on the Plains Spotted Skunk (3 years). October 2014.
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Contract Grant, $19,306. One-year extension: A Baseline Assessment of Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians of the Devils River State Natural Area, South Unit. May 2014 (co-PI with L. K. Ammerman and M. T. Dixon).
  • Merial, Inc. $5000. Collection of skunk serum samples for Texas State Department of Health Services-oral rabies vaccine research. August 2013.
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Contract Grant, $43,299.  A Baseline Assessment of Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians of the Devils River State Natural Area, South Unit. December 2012 (co-PI with L. K. Ammerman and M. T. Dixon).
  • National Science Foundation Grant, $480,865. Modernization and Digitization of the Angelo State Natural History Collections, June, 2012 (co-PI with L. K. Ammerman, B. A. Amos, M. T. Dixon, and T. C. Maxwell.

 Graduate Students

  • James Clint Perkins III.  M.S. in Biology, Angelo State University, 2017. Conservation status of the plains spotted skunk in Texas.
  • Kaitlynn M. LeBrasseur, M.S. in Biology, Angelo State University, 2017. Endoparasites of the digestive systems of four species of pocket gophers (genus Geomys) in Texas.
  • Alexandra A. Shaffer, M.S. in Biology, Angelo State University, 2017. Genetic structure and differentiation within the eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius): a microsatellite analysis. (co-chaired with Loren K. Ammerman)
  • Malorri R. Hughes, M.S. in Biology, Angelo State University, 2016. Prevalence and intensity of the sinus roundworm, Skrjabingylus chitwoodorum, in rabies-negative skunks of Texas. Currently pursuing Ph.D. degree at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
  • Zachary T. Ellsworth, M.S. in Biology, Angelo State University, 2016. Evaluating the reproductive habits and the breeding season of the hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus leuconotus).
  • Frederic Grayson Allred, M.S. in Biology, Angelo State University, 2016. Baseline assessment of the bats of Devils River State Natural Area, Dan A. Hughes Unit, Val Verde Co., Texas. (co-chaired with Loren K. Ammerman)  
  • Stephanie G. Martinez. M.S. in Biology, Angelo State University, 2015. Seasonal fluctuations in urban roost use by Brazilian Free-tailed Bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) in a highway overpass, San Angelo, Texas (co-chaired with Loren K. Ammerman).  
  • Clint N. Morgan, M.S. in Biology, Angelo State University, 2015. Habitat suitability modeling of Peromyscus pectoralis (White-ankled mouse) in Val Verde Co., Texas. Currently working with Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Wesley A. Brashear, 2013.  An Assessment of the genetic structure of a striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) population across an urban landscape (co-chaired with Dr. Loren K. Ammerman).  Currently pursuing Ph.D. in genetics, Texas A&M University.
  • Tyler J. Cochran, 2012.  Circadian and seasonal activity patterns of sympatric hog-nosed (Conepatus leuconotus) and (Mephitis mephitisskunks.  Currently pursuing Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. 
  • Andrew R. Tiedt, 2011.  Den site selection of ringtails (Bassariscus astutus) in west-central Texas.
  • Gema I. Guerra, 2008.  Genetic variation within the western spotted skunk (Spilogale gracilis) (co-chaired with Dr. Loren K. Ammerman).  Currently faculty at El Centro Community College, Dallas, TX.
  • Carla E. Ebeling, 2006.  Comparison of detection methods for three sympatric skunk species in west-central Texas.  Currently Assistant Professor of Biology at Howard College, San Angelo, TX.
  • Sharon Ziadeh, 2005.  Examination of foraging patterns of the Mexican ground squirrel, Spermophilus mexicanus, at artificial feeding stations.  Currently teaching at Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA.
  • Amy L. Vestal, 2005.  Genetic variation in the Davis Mountains cottontail (Sylvilagus robustus) (co-chaired with Dr. Loren K. Ammerman).  Currently Research Associate III, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, Colorado State University.
  • Joshua B. Coffey, 2005.  Home range and denning patterns of striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) in Kimble County, Texas.
  • Sean A. Neiswenter, 2004.  Activity patterns, movements, and habitat use of sympatric skunk species (Mephitis mephitis and Spilogale gracilis) in west-central Texas.  Completed Ph.D. at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Scott A. Clement, 2004.  Taxonomic affinities of endemic rodent species of the Galapagos Islands (co-chaired with Dr. Loren K. Ammerman).
  • Zane J. Laws, 2004.  A comparison of home ranges for sympatric populations of Perognathus merriami and Reithrodonotmys montanus at a site in west-central Texas.  Currently teaching at Cisco Junior College, Abilene, TX.
  • Jeffrey B. Doty, 2003.  Denning ecology and home ranges of two sympatric skunk species (Mephitis mephitis and Spilogale gracilis in west Central Texas.  Currently at Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA.
  • Eddie K. Lyons, 2002.  Effects of short-term predator control on nesting success and survival of Northern Bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) (co-chaired with Dr. Dale Rollins).  Completed Ph.D. at Texas A&M University; currently Assistant Professor, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA.
  • Joel G. Brant, 2000.  A survey of the mammals of Devils River State Natural Area and relative abundance of small mammals in the area.  Completed Ph.D. at Texas Tech University, currently Associate Professor of Biology, McMurry University, Abilene, TX.
  • Marcia A. Revelez, 1999.  Distributional and systematic analysis of pocket gophers (genus Geomys) in west-central Texas. 
  • Darin S. Carroll, 1997.  Estimates of relative abundance of the medium-sized mammals of Fort Hood, Texas using scent-station visitation.  Completed Ph.D. at Texas Tech University.  Currently with Pox virus Branch, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA.
  • Cody W. Edwards, 1997.  Assessing medium-sized mammal abundance at Fort Hood Military Installation using live-trapping and spotlight counts.  Completed Ph.D. at Texas Tech University.  Currently Associate Provost for Graduate Education, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.?
  • Stacey C. Slater, 1996.  An evaluation of prickly pear (Opuntia spp.) as a predator deterrent in nest site selection by Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) (co-chaired Dr. Dale Rollins).
  • Anthony S. Hiller, 1996.  Rodent surveillance for Sin Nombre Virus in Uvalde County, Texas.
  • Marcus D. King, 1995.  Ticks and tick-borne diseases of west-central Texas.  Completed Ph.D. at University of Texas, San Antonio, currently Assistant Professor at U.S. Air Force Academy.
  • M. Scott Burt, 1995.  Allozymic variation and genetic distance between Geomys attwateri and Geomys breviceps in eastern Texas.  Completed Ph.D. at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, currently Instructor at Angelo State University.
  • Raymond L. Woodward, Jr., 1994.  The generic relationships of skunks (Mustelidae, Mephitiniae) based on chromosome morphoogy and banding patterns.  Completed Ph.D. at University of Memphis, TN.
  • Rebecca Ann Boyd, 1994.  The mammals of Tom Green County, Texas:  Distributions and natural history.  Currently with Texas Department of Transportation.
  • Paula A. Smith, 1992.  Population ecology of the nine-banded armadillo, (Dasypus novemcinctus) in west-central Texas.
  • Kathy L. Curran, 1988, M.S. in Biological Sciences, Fordham University.
    Behavior of the raccoon, Procyon lotor, at a suburban winter feeding station.  Completed Ph.D. at Ohio State University.
  • Susan J. Basford, 1988, M.S. in Biological Sciences, Fordham University.  A study of temperature regimes at Sandy Point, St. Croix and possible effects o hatchlings of leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys).  Currently Directiro, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson, AZ.
  • Luis A. Ruedas, 1986. M.S. in Biological Sciences, Fordham University. Chromosomal variability in the New England cottontail, Sylvilagus transitionalis (Bangs), 1895 with evidence for recognition of a new species.  Completed Ph.D. at Texas A&M University, currently Assistant Professor, Portland State University, OR.