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Robert C. Dowler, Ph.D.

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Tippett Professor of Biology, Angelo State University; Curator of Mammals, Angelo State Natural History Collections
  • Ph.D. (1982) Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Texas A&M University
  • M.A. (1976) Museum Science, Texas Tech University
  • B.S. (1974) Natural Resources, Ohio State University
  • Evolution
  • General Zoology
  • Mammalogy
  • Ecotourism and Biodiversity (International Studies Course in Costa Rica)
  • History and Function of Natural History Museum (International Studies Course in Europe)

My research interests include the systematics of native rodents in the Galapagos Islands, the ecology of sympatric skunk species in West Texas and the survey of mammals in the Terlingua Creek drainage in Brewster County, Texas.

  • Noland, R. L., T. C. Maxwell, and R. C. Dowler.  2013.  Food habits of Long-eared Owls (Asio otus) at a winter communal roost in Texas.  The Southwestern Naturalist 58:245-247.
  • Wharton, D., R. Dowler, and J. Watts.  2012.  Some analyses and recommendations on diet formulation for conservation breeding of the Galapagos Rice Rat of Isla Santiago, Nesoryzomys swarthiZoo Biology 31:498-505.
  • Nalls, A. V., L. K. Ammerman, and R. C. Dowler.  2012.  Genetic and morphological variation in the Davis Mountains cottontail, Sylvilagus robustusSouthwestern Naturalist 57:1-7.
  • Brashear, W. A., R. A. Maxwell, T. C. Maxwell, and R. C. Dowler.  2011.  Museum specimen records contributing to the known distribution of mammals in Texas.  Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 302:1-7.
  • Dowler, R. C., J. K. McCoy, and L. J. Fohn.  2010.  Scaphiopus couchii (Couch’s spadefoot) predation.  Herpetological Review 41(4):480.
  • Padilla, M., R. C. Dowler, and C. C. Downer.  2010.  Tapirus pinchaque (Perissodactyla: Tapiridae).  Mammalian Species 42(863):166-182.
  • Brashear, W. A., R. C. Dowler, and G. Ceballos.  2010.  Climbing as an escape behavior in the American hog-nosed skunk, Conepatus leuconotus.  Western North American Naturalist 70(2):258-260.
  • Neiswenter, S. A., R. C. Dowler, and J. H. Young.  2010.  Activity patterns of two sympatric skunk species (Mephitis mephitis and Spilogale gracilis) in Texas.  The Southwestern Naturalist 55(1):16-21.
  • Dowler, R. C., C. E. Ebeling, G. I . Guerra, and A. W. Ferguson.  2008.  The distribution of spotted skunks, genus Spilogale, in Texas.  Texas Journal of Science 60(4):321-326.
  • Ammerman, L. K., R. M. Rodriguez, R. C. Dowler, and M. M. McDonough.  2008.  Bat diversity and activity: a comparison among Texas Army National Guard sites.  Occasional Papers, The Museum of Texas Tech University 280:1-23.
  • McAllister, C. T., C. R. Bursey, and R. C. Dowler.  2007.  Acanthatrium alicatai Macy, 1940 (Trematoda: Lecithodendriidae) from two species of bats (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae), in southwestern Texas.  Southwestern Naturalist 52(4):597-600.
  • Neiswenter, S. A. and R. C. Dowler.  2007.  Habitat use of western spotted skunks and striped skunks in Texas.  Journal of Wildlife Management 71(2):583-586.
  • Brant, J. G., R. C. Dowler, and C. E. Ebeling.  2006.  The mammals of San Angelo State Park.  Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 265:1-18.
  • Neiswenter, S. A., D. Pence, and R. C. Dowler.  2006.  Helminths of sympatric striped, hog-nosed and spotted skunks in west-central Texas.  Journal of Wildlife Disease 42(3):511-517.
  • Dowler, R. C.  2006.  (review) Mammals of the Lone Star State – The Mammals of Texas (revised edition) by David J. Schmidly.  The Prairie Naturalist 37(4):255-256.
  • Doty, J. B. and R. C. Dowler.  2006.  Denning ecology in sympatric populations of skunks (Spilogale gracilis and Mephitis mephitis) in west-central Texas.  Journal of Mammalogy 7(1):131-138.
  • Dexter, N., R. C. Dowler, J. P. Flanagan, S. Hart, M. A. Revelez, and T. E. Lee.   2004.  The influence of feral cats Felis catus on the distribution and abundance of introduced and endemic Galapagos rodents.  Pacific Conservation Biology 10(4):210-215.
  • Brant, J. G. and R. C. Dowler.  2002.  Reexamination of the range for the northern pygmy mouse, Baiomys taylori (Rodentia: Muridae), in northeastern Texas.  Texas Journal of Science 54(2):189-192.
  • Brant, J. G. and R. C. Dowler.  2001.  The mammals of Devils River State Natural Area, Texas.  Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 211:1-31.
  • Revelez, M. A. and R. C. Dowler. 2001.  Records of Texas mammals housed in the Angelo State Natural History Collections, Angelo State University.  Texas Journal of Science 53(3):273-284.
  • Slater, Stacey C., D. Rollins, R. C. Dowler, and C. B. Scott. 2001. Opuntia: a “prickly paradigm” for quail management in west-central Texas. Wildlife Society Bulletin: 29(2):713-719.
  • Brant, J. G. and R. C. Dowler. 2000. Noteworthy record of the Seminole bat, Lasiurus seminolus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae), in Val Verde County, Texas. Texas Journal of Science 54(4):353-355.
  • Dowler, R. C., D. S. Carroll, and C. W. Edwards. 2000. Rediscovery of rodents (Genus Nesoryzomys) considered extinct in the Galápagos islands. Oryx 34(2):109-117.

     

    Endemic Galapagos rat, Nesoryzomys narboroughi. (Photo by R.C. Dowler).Endemic Galapagos rat, Nesoryzomys narboroughi. (Photo by R.C. Dowler).

  • Burt, M. S. and R. C. Dowler. 1999. Biochemical systematics of three chromosomal races of Geomys attwateri and G. breviceps in eastern Texas. Journal of Mammalogy 80(3):799-809.
  • Dowler, R. C. 1999. Plains harvest mouse / Reithrodontomys montanus. Pp. 560-561, in The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals (D. E. Wilson and S. Ruff, eds.). Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C., 750 pp.
  • Dowler, R. C. 1999. Mexican spiny pocket mouse / Liomys irroratus. P. 547, in The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals (D. E. Wilson and S. Ruff, eds.). Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C., 750 pp.
  • Dowler, R. C., R. C. Dawkins, and T. C. Maxwell. 1999. Range extensions for the evening bat, (Nycticeius humeralis) in west Texas. Texas Journal of Science 51(2):193-195.
  • Carroll, D. S., R. C. Dowler, and C. E. Edwards. 1999. Estimates of relative abundance of the medium-sized mammals of Fort Hood, Texas using scent-station visitation. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 188: 1-10.
  • Edwards, C. E., R. C. Dowler, and D. S. Carroll.  1998.  Assessing medium-sized mammal abundance at Fort Hood Military Installation using live-trapping and spotlight counts.  Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 185:1-23.
  • Boyd, R. A., R. C. Dowler, and T. C. Maxwell.  1997.  The mammals of Tom Green County.  Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 169:1-27.
  • Dowler, R. C. and D. S. Carroll.  1996.  The endemic rodents of Isla Fernandina: Population status and conservation issues.  Noticias de Galapagos 57:8-13.
  • Dowler, T. C. and R. A. Boyd.  1996.  A range extension for the least shrew (Cryptotis parva) in west-central Texas.  Texas Journal of Science 48(2):168-170.
  • Minzenmayer, S., T. C. Maxwell, and R. C. Dowler.  1995.  Karyotypes of seven species of wrens in Texas.  Texas Journal of Science 48(2):168-170.
  • Maxwell, T. C., R. C. Dowler, and R. C. Stone, Jr.  1995.  (Review of) Birds and other wildlife of south central Texas: a handbook.  Texas Journal of Science 47(1):75.
  • Padilla, M. and R. C. Dowler.  1994.  Tapirus terrestris.  Mammalian Species 481:1-8.
  • Cervantes, F. A., V. J. Sosa, J. Martinez, R. M. Gonzalez, and R. C. Dowler.  1993.  Pappogeomys tylorhinus.  Mammalian Species 433:1-4.
  • Dowler, R. C., T. C. Maxwell, and D. S. Marsh.  1991.  Noteworthy records of bats from Texas.  Texas Journal of Science 44:121-123.
  • Ruedas, L. A. and R. C. Dowler.  1989.  Chromosomal variation in the New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis).  Journal of Mammalogy 70:860-864.
  • Dowler, R. C. 1989.  Chromosomal studies of three races of pocket gophers (Geomys bursarius complex) at hybrid zones.  Journal of Mammalogy 70:253-266.

 

Professional Affiliations and Service

 Awards

  • 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

 Current Projects

  • Under Construction

 

Current Grants

  • Merial, Inc. ($5000).  Collection of skunk serum samples for Texas State Department of Health Services, oral rabies vaccine research
  • 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 (co-PI with Drs. Loren K. Ammerman and Michael T. Dixon)
  • National Science Foundation Grant ($480,865).  Modernization and digitization of the Angelo State Natural History Collections, (co-PI with Drs. Loren K. Ammerman, Bonnie A. Amos, Michael T. Dixon, and Terry C. Maxwell)

 Graduate Students

  • 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.  Currently Collections Manager, Angelo State Natural History Collections.
  • 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.

 

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