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Dr. Clint Boal



  • Ph D University of Arizona 1997
  • MS University of Arizona 1993
  • BS University of Arizona 1991


Clint Boal received his PhD from the University of Arizona, was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota, and has been with the Texas Unit since 2000.

Research Interests

Clint directs research that builds on our basic understanding of species and systems while meeting the more applied management information needs of natural resource managers. His primary research interest is the ecology and conservation of birds of prey, especially as high trophic level members of biotic communities. Second is a focus on ecology and conservation of wildlife in arid environments, especially in context of anthropogenic influences and landscape changes.

Teaching Interests

Clint regularly teaches courses in Raptor Ecology and Management and in Structured Decision Making in Natural Resources Management. In the past, he has taught Advanced Nongame Ecology, Tropical Ecology, and an undergraduate introductory field course in Tropical Avian Ecology.

Professional Society Service

  • Raptor Research Foundation - President (October 2013 - November 2015)
  • Raptor Research Foundation - President Elect 2013 (January 2013 - October 2013)
  • Other - Chair, Publications Award Committee (March 2012 - February 2013)
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Research Publications

  • Eric Lonsdorf, Carol A. Sanders-Reed, Clint Boal, and Taber D. Allison. 2018. Modeling Golden Eagle - Vehicle Collisions to Design Mitigation Strategies. Journal of Wildlife Management 82:1633-1644.
  • Fritts, S. R., B. A. Grisham, R. D. Cox, C. W. Boal, D. A. Haukos, P. McDaniel, C. A. Hagen, and D. U. Greene. 2018. Interactive effects of severe drought and grazing on the life history cycle of a bioindicator species. Ecology and Evolution 8:9550–9562 DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4432
  • Boal, C.W., and C.R. Dykstra (editors). 2018. Urban raptors: ecology and conservation of birds of prey in cities. Island Press, Washington DC.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Raptor Ecology and Conservation (2017)
  • Raptor Ecology and Conservation (2015)
  • Advanced Tropical Ecology (2014)
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Texas Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Clint BoalMember, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey (December 2007 - December 2007)
  • Clint BoalMember, Texas black-tailed prairie dog plague working group (June 2004 - June 2006)
  • Clint BoalMember, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey (March 2004 - March 2004)
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Texas University Committees and Workgroups

  • Clint BoalChair, Graduate Curricula Review Committee, Dept. Natural Resources Management (August 2013 - August 2017)
  • Clint BoalMember, Search Committee, Bricker Endowed Chair, Department Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University. (July 2013 - May 2014)
  • Clint BoalMember, Search Committee, GIS Faculty position, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University (July 2013 - May 2014)
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Technical Publications

  • Boal, C.W., and B.C. Welch. 2016. An Annotated Bibliography of Survey Methods for Golden Eagles, Ver. 1.0 (30 March 2016). (http:// pending)Abstract |
  • Boal, C.W., B.A. Grisham, D.A.Haukos, J.C.Zavaleta, and C. Dixon. 2013. Lesser Prairie-Chicken Nest Site Selection, Microclimate, and Nest Survival in Association with Vegetation Responses to a Grassland Restoration Program. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1235, 48p.
  • Boal, C.W., and Pirius, N.E., 2012, Winter ecology and habitat use of lesser prairie-chickens in west Texas, 2008–11: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1073, 9 p.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 37

Scientific Publications: 80

Presentations: 169

Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Texas Parks and Wildlife
  2. Texas Tech University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute