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T .Wayne Schwertner
Interim Department Head and Assistant Professor of Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences
Contact Information
Email:schwertner@tarleton.edu
Office:Joe W. Autry (Agriculture) Building, 306A
Phone:(254) 968-9219

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Courses Offered

Undergraduate
  • WSES 3311 Wildlife Diseases (Fall)
  • WLDM 490 Tpcs:Savannah Ecology (Summer)
  • WLDM 490 Tpcs:Study Abroad S. Africa (Summer)
Graduate
  • WSES 5688 Thesis (Fall)
  • WSES 5687 Research (Fall)
  • AGRI 588 Thesis (Summer)
  • AGRI 590 Tpcs:Thesis Research (Summer)
  • WLDM 590 Tpcs:Savannah Ecology (Summer)
  • WLDM 590 Tpcs:Study Abroad S. Africa (Summer)

Research and Scholarly Activities

Research Activities
  • Population ecology of crested guineafowl in northeastern Swaziland (2012 – Tarleton State University - $11,000)
  • Assessing distribution and abundance of white-tipped dove (Leptotila verreauxi) in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas (2013 – US Fish and Wildlife Service – $107,343)
  • Addressing Global Food Security and Hunger through Integrated Research, Education, and Outreach in Resource Conservation and Sustainability: Developing a Sustainable Program in 6 International Natural Resource Management (2012 – National Institute of Food and Agriculture – $692,000)
  • Development of a simulation model of small, confined populations of at-risk antelope species (2012 – Tarleton State University - $7,000)
  • Rapid Ecoregional Assessments of the Western United States (2010 – US Bureau of Land Management – $50,000)
  • Amphibian, Reptile, and Mammal Assessment of US Army Corps of Engineer Properties along the Missouri River in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska (2008 – US Army Corps of Engineers – $732,000)
  • Effects of the LCRA-SAWS water project on waterfowl in Colorado, Matagorda, and Wharton counties, Texas (2008 – Lower Colorado River Authority – $180,000)
  • Amphibian, reptiles, and small mammal communities and habitat relationships at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada (2008 – US Fish and Wildlife Service – $500,000)
  • Factors Influencing Rio Grande Wild Turkey Production and Abundance in the Southern Edwards Plateau of Texas (2001 – Texas A&M and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – $977,760)
  • Landscape changes as related to Rio Grande wild turkey production and survival in the Edwards Plateau of Texas (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – $675,120)
  • Addressing information deficiencies related to mourning dove, white-winged dove, and eastern wild turkey management in Texas: input and analysis of historical data need to support current and future management objectives (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – $648,982)
  • Monitoring survival, harvest, and recruitment of white-winged doves in the southwestern United States (Texas A&M University and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department– $621,535)
  • Population dynamics of the white-winged doves (Texas State University and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department– $298,588)
  • Nest-site Characteristics of Sympatric White-winged, Mourning, and Inca Doves in Mason, Texas (Texas A&M and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department– $12,000)
Scholarly Activities
  • SCHWERTNER, T. W., AND B. A. COLLIER. 2012. Analysis of data in wildlife biology in Nova. J. Silvy, editor. Techniques for wildlife investigation and management, 7th edition. The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Publications

Refereed Publications
Non-Refereed Publications
  • SCHWERTNER, T. W., AND B. A. COLLIER. In Press. Analysis of data in wildlife biology in Nova. J. Silvy, editor. Techniques for wildlife investigation and management, 7th edition. The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
Presentations
  • SCHWERTNER, T. W., J. H. WHITE, M. R. HEANEY, AND R. W. MANNING. 2012. Bio-acoustic monitoring of bat presence and spatio-temporal activity in northeast Texas. Presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. 16–18 February 2012.
  • SCHWERTNER, T. W., M. R. HEANEY, AND B. COOK. 2010. Waterfowl energy demands and energy availability from waste rice on the Texas Gulf Coast: a simulation. Presented at the 17th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Snowbird, Utah. 2–6 October 2010.
  • SCHWERTNER, T. W., N. J. SILVY, AND M. J. PETERSON. 2005. Either-sex turkey hunting in Texas: is fall hen harvest sustainable? Presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Amarillo, Texas, USA. 24–26 February 2005.
  • SCHWERTNER, T. W., M. J. PETERSON, AND N. J. SILVY. 2004. Effect of precipitation on Rio Grande wild turkey production in Texas. Presented at the 11h Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 19–23 September 2004.
  • SCHWERTNER, T. W., M. J. PETERSON, AND N. J. SILVY. 2004. Effect of precipitation on Rio Grande wild turkey production in Texas. Presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Kerrville, Texas, USA. 19–21 February 2004.
  • SCHWERTNER, T. W., AND M. R. MITCHELL. 2002. Efficacy of prostaglandin-F2α/betamethasone as an abortifaciant in captive white-tailed deer. Presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Corpus Christ, Texas, USA. 21–23 February 2002.
  • SCHWERTNER, T. W., M. R. MITCHELL, AND D. W. ROSBERG. 2002. Immobilization of white-tailed deer using medetomidine-ketamine versus xylazine-Telazol®. (Poster) Presented at the 9th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Bismarck, North Dakota, USA. 24–28 September 2002.
  • SCHWERTNER, T. W., M. R. MITCHELL, AND D. W. ROSBERG. 2002. Immobilization of white-tailed deer using medetomidine-ketamine versus xylazine-Telazol®. Presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. 21–23 February 2002.
  • SCHWERTNER, T. W., S. L. WEBB, AND T. A. PILCIK. 2001. Nest-site attributes and tree selection by white-winged doves in Mason, Texas. Presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Hays, Kansas, USA. 19–21 April 2001.

Professional Affiliations & Accreditations

  • Co-chair, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Annual Conference Local Arrangements Committee (2012–2013)
  • Chair, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Program Committee (2008–2009)
  • Board Member at Large (elected), Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society (2006–2007)
  • Chair, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Program Committee (2005–2006)
  • Chair, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Program Committee (2004–2005)
  • Member, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Excellence in Wildlife Conservation Committee (2000–2002; Chairman in 2000–2001)
  • Member, Texas A&M University Office of Graduate Studies, Research and Presentation Grant Selection Committee (2001)
  • Member, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Wildlife Conservation Camp Committee (2000–2001)
  • Member, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Conservation Review Committee (1999–2000 )

Degrees

  • Ph.D, Texas A&M University
  • MS,Texas State University
  • BS,Texas A&M University

Graduate Group Memberships

  • Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty Status

T .Wayne Schwertner

T. Wayne Schwertner is an Assistant Professor in WSES at Tarleton and is a research wildlife biologist with Texas A&M AgriLife Research.  He has extensive experience conducting research and management of game bird populations, including doves.  Prior to coming to Tarleton, Dr. Schwertner had a twelve-year career with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, including duties as the Statewide White-winged Dove Program Leader.  During this time, he played a key role in implementing Texas’s first statewide white-winged dove survey, as well as the ongoing white-winged dove banding project.  Dr. Schwertner has experience in modeling population dynamics and habitat relationships of a number of vertebrate species.