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Dr. Clint Boal

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 targeted at building upon 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; this has become especially relevant in context of climate change. Third is the ecology of avian species in the tropics, including how both resident and migrant species cope with severe weather events, anthropogenic driven landscape changes, and climate changes.

Teaching Interests

Clint teaches courses in Raptor Ecology, Structured Decision Making in Natural Resources Management, and Advanced Nongame Ecology; he also co-teaches a course in Tropical Ecology and an undergraduate 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

  • Boal, C.W. 2018. Urban Raptor Communities: why some raptors and not others occupy urban environments. Pages 36-50 in Urban Raptors: ecology and conservation of brids of prey in an urbanizing world [C. Boal and C. Dykstra, editors]. Island Press, Washington, DC.
  • Boal, C.W., and J.D. Dwyer. 2018. Harris's hawks: all in the family. Pages 126-137 in Urban Raptors: ecology and conservation of birds of prey in an urbanizing world (C.W. Boal and C. Dykstra, eds.). Island Press, Washington DC USA
  • DeStefano, S., and C. Boal. 2018. Perspectives and future directions. Pages 273-286 in C. Boal and C. Dykstra, Eds. Urban raptors: ecology and conservation of birds of prey in an urbanizing world. Island Press, Washington, D.C.
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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 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)
  • Clint BoalMember, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (November 2001 - September 2013)
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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: 2

Phd Students: 7

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 35

Scientific Publications: 81

Presentations: 159

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