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Fidel Hernandez, Ph.D.
Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., Endowed Professor for Quail Research
Research Scientist and Professor


Fidel Hernández is a Professor in the Department of Animal, Rangeland, and Wildlife Sciences and holds the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., Endowed Professorship for Quail Research.  Fidel is a native of Brackettville, Texas.  He was raised on a cattle ranch on the western fringe of the Edwards Plateau where worked alongside his father gathering livestock, building fence, and working horses.  Fidel graduated from Angelo State University with a B.S. in Biology (1993) and a M.S. in Biology (1995) with a Chemistry Minor in both degrees.  He graduated from Texas A&M University and Texas A&M University-Kingsville with a Ph.D. in Wildlife Science (1999).  

Fidel became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a Research Scientist with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in 1999.  He assumed the Glassell Professorship in 2009 was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and Full Professor in 2011.  His research interests involve general population ecology and have included projects on the influence of predation, habitat, weather, land-use, harvest, and range management practices-on avian populations as well as research on abundance estimation techniques. 

Fidel has authored more than 70 scientific articles or book chapters in various scientific journals.  In collaboration with colleagues at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, he coauthored Texas Bobwhites: A Guide to Their Foods and Habitat Management (University of Texas Press, 2010).  He and Fred S. Guthery (Oklahoma State University) recently published the 2nd edition of the classic Beef, Brush, and Bobwhites:  Quail Management in Cattle Country (Texas A&M University Press, 2012).  Fidel serves as a Reviewer for several international journals including The Journal of Wildlife Management, American Midland Naturalist, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Journal of Rangeland Ecology and Management, Wildlife Biology, European Journal of Wildlife Research, and Western North American Naturalist.  Fidel also has served as a Panel Review member for the National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, International Aridlands Consortium, and Environmental Protection Agency.        

During 2007–2008, Fidel served as the President of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society.  He also served the national society at various capacities including Chair of the Ethnic & Gender Diversity Working Group.  Fidel and coauthors received the Outstanding Book Award in 2004 and the Outstanding Scientific Publication in 2012 from the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society.  He received the Junior Faculty Distinguished Research Award in the College of Agriculture, Human Sciences, and Natural Resources in 2005 and the Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2010.  He and his graduate students have presented more than 150 papers at various national and international scientific conferences, with his students being winners of several awards for Best Student Research or Presentation.

Richard M. Kleberg Jr. Center for Quail Research

Research Interest

Upland Gamebirds
Rangelands Ecology
Wildlife-Habitat Relationships

Courses Taught

Principles of Wildlife Management, Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Undergraduate level
Rangeland and Wildlife Ecology, Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Undergraduate level
Rangeland Plants, Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Undergraduate level
Population Ecology,Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Graduate level
Wildlife Habitat Management, Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Graduate level
Ecology and Management of Wildlands and Animals, Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Graduate level

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute | Texas A&M University-Kingsville
700 University Blvd., MSC 218
Kingsville, TX 78363
Work Phone: 
1 (361) 593-3926
1 (361) 593-3924

Related Books: 

Updated with the latest research on quail habitat management, predator control, and recent issues such as aflatoxin contamination, Hernandez and Guthery help land stewards understand the optimum conditions for encouraging and sustaining quail populations while continuing to manage rangeland for cattle production.

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Texas Bobwhites is a field guide to the seeds commonly eaten by northern bobwhites, as well as a handbook for conserving and improving northern bobwhite habitat.  Landowners and rangeland managers will greatly benefit from the book's state-of-the-art guidance for habitat management and restoration, including improving habitat dominated by invasive and non native grasses.

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This symposium was organized by researchers, managers, biologist, hunters, and quail enthusiasts who came together to share current ideas on "hot topics" in the quail world.  All material published in the proceedings serve as a valuable reference for anyone interested in quail.

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