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April Ann Torres Conkey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Research Scientist


April Ann Torres Conkey grew up on a small family farm in Poteet, Texas and is a proud Javelina Alumni. She earned a B.Sci. degree in Biology in 1993 from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. An undergraduate research job led to an M.Sci. degree in Biology (1996) focused on the anti-hemorrhagic response of wood rats to rattlesnake venom (National Natural Toxins Research Center, TAMU-K). In 2009 she earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas where she evaluated freshwater wetland mitigation permitting and wetland persistence along the upper Texas coast. After graduation, she taught at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar with research on the diet of the spiny-tailed lizard. With a wealth of teaching experience and a diverse research background, Dr. Conkey joined the faculty at TAMU-K in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Range and Wildlife Management and Wildlife Education Specialist.

Dr. Conkey's research focuses on wildlife ecology and education and outreach. Her research experience includes rattlesnake venom resistance in wood rats, waterfowl use of rice wetlands, freshwater wetland mitigation policy and spatial analysis, and the diet of the spiny-tailed lizard in Qatar. Current research projects include behavioral ecology and reproductive physiology of the Etheopian hedgehog in Qatar and K-12 curriculum development and evaluation projects (South Texas birds and Rangelands). She incorporates service learning projects and Ecological Research as Education Network research projects (freshwater turtle populations and bird window collision studies) into her courses. 

Wildlife Education and Outreach

Research Interest

Wildlife Ecology
Wildlife Education

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute |Texas A&M University-Kingsville
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Kingsville, TX 78363
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Poncho Ortega and the rest of the CKWRI Deer Research team have a long history of supporting deer management and research in northern Mexico. This support has been in the form of annual presentations at landowner symposiums, visits to ranches interested in developing management programs, and a recent effort funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and headed by Sandra Rideout-Hanzak to engage ranchers in northern Mexico. This most recent project brought landowners to Kingsville for workshops, CKWRI deer scientists to northern Mexico to tour ranches, and was capped by publication of a wildlife management handbook written in Spanish for distribution to Mexican ranchers. The book covers the basics of cattle-wildlife operations: management plans for determining objectives of the operation, vegetation and wildlife surveys, habitat management practices, record keeping, monitoring, and wildlife harvest quotas. At the end of 2015, Randy DeYoung and Poncho Ortega were invited to speak at the Annual White-tailed Deer Symposium in Monterrey, Mexico.

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