Field deployment of our Mobile Research Laboratory in the Rolling Plains of Texas, Summer 2019.
Congratulations to Kendall Blanchard on successfully defending her thesis and being awarded the TTU Graduate School Outstanding Thesis Award for 2019 in the category of Biology/Life Sciences. We are so proud!
Members of the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory with Annette and Pat Sykora, owners of Smith South Plains Ford in Levelland, Texas, who donated a F150 4×4 truck to the lab to aide in on-going extensive field work. We are grateful for the Sykora’s support of our continuing research on bobwhite quail in the Rolling Plains of Texas.
Annette and Pat Sykora, owners of Smith South Plains Ford in Levelland, Texas, (just to the left of Dr. Ron Kendall) visited the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory on May 31, 2019 to present us with a F150 4×4 Super Crew Ford. This truck will help us with our extensive field work with wild bobwhite quail across the Rolling Plains ecoregion of West Texas and Oklahoma.  This is the Sykora’s 3rd truck donation to the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory.
Many thanks to Annette and Pat Sykora, owners of Smith South Plains Ford in Levelland, Texas, for their donation of a F150 4×4 field truck to the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory on May 31, 2019 to support our extensive field research on wild bobwhite quail in West Texas. We very much appreciate the generosity and support shown to us by Annette and Pat.
Kendall Blanchard received the Outstanding Master’s Student Award at the TIEHH Graduate Student Banquet, May 16, 2019.
Cassie Henry receiving the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award at the TIEHH Graduate Student Banquet, May 16, 2019.
The Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory at Texas Tech University held a reception for past and current graduate students of our environmental toxicology program as well as for collaborators at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry held November 4-8, 2018 in Sacramento, CA. During the reception, attended by approximately 70 guests, Dr. Ron Kendall, head of the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory and SETAC Fellow, introduced three of the new 2018 SETAC Fellows. They are (from the left) Dr. Elaine Dorward-King, Senior Vice President of Newmont Mining, Dr. Ruth Hull, Senior Scientist at Gary D. Williams and Associates of Toronto, Canada, and Dr. Miguel Mora, Professor of Wildlife Science at Texas A&M University. The attendees at the meeting gave a congratulatory toast to these three new SETAC Fellows.
At the Celebration of Faculty Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity held November 15, 2018, at Texas Tech University, Dr. Ron Kendall, Professor of Environmental Toxicology, was recognized by Texas Tech University President Dr. Lawrence Schovanec (right) and Vice President of Research Dr. Joseph Heppert (left) for being elected a Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Fellow.
Dr. Ron Kendall attended the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry where he co-chaired the spotlight session entitled, “40 Years of SETAC Science: Past, Present and Future. He also gave a presentation titled, “Wildlife Toxicology in SETAC” in the session, “Oh, The Changes I’ve Seen Over the Past 30 Years”. The meeting was held November 3-7, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.
TIEHH Professor Ron Kendall Appointed to EPA Scientific Advisory Committee. Read the article here.
Kendall Blanchard’s research on the bobwhite quail is featured in Lone Star Outdoor News. Read the article here.
Dr. Ron Kendall receiving the Stephen J. Klaine Environmental Education Award from Ryan Prosser, SETAC NA Awards Committee.
Cassie Henry presented her research at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Wildlife Disease Association, August 7, 2018, in St. Augustine, FL.
Dr. Ron Kendall attended the 2019 Park Cities Quail Coalition Dinner and Auction, held on March 7 in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Ron Kendall with researchers from Banat’s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Romania, at the 4th International Conference on Parasitology, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2017.
Kendall Blanchard, Graduate Research Assistant in the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory, presented her research findings at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry held November 4-8, 2018 in Sacramento, CA.
Cassie Henry, Graduate Research Assistant in the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory, is presenting her findings at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry held November 4-8, 2018 in Sacramento, CA. Cassie is on the left discussing research results with Dr. Louise Venne, a previous environmental toxicology student in our program.
Kendall Blanchard presented her research at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Wildlife Disease Association, August 7, 2018, in St. Augustine, FL.
Graduate students of the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory, Cassie Henry and Kendall Blanchard, provided support to Analisa Guevara (far right), Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University. Here, the recruitment booth was held at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry held November 4-8, 2018 in Sacramento, CA. The booth drew a lot of attention from visitors at the meeting.
Dr. Ron Kendall attended and participated in the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe meeting held in Rome, Italy, May 13-17, 2018.
Congratulations to Kendall Blanchard for winning the Outstanding Master’s Student award at the ENTX Student Banquet on April 20, 2018.

SETAC Fellows Award

Ron Kendall was selected as a SETAC Fellow and awarded this honor at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), held in Minneapolis, MN, November 12-16, 2017.

Dr. Ron Kendall, Kendall Blanchard, and Carson Downing attended a banquet hosted by the Lubbock Chapter of Safari Club International where they presented our quail research

Park Cities Quail, Dallas, Texas, recently awarded the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory a $289,000.00 research grant to support continuing work to address parasite infection in wild quail in the Rolling Plains ecoregion of West Texas

Uday Turaga’s paper, “Preparation and characterization of bioactive and breathable polyvinyl alcohol nanowebs using a combinational approach” was selected as Cover Article in TAPPI Journal

Our study area: the Rolling Plains of West Texas

Doctoral student Nick Dunham and Dr. Ron Kendall at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 2014

Park Cities Quail, Dallas, Texas, recently awarded the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory a $305,171 research grant to support continuing work to address parasite infection in wild quail in the Rolling Plains ecoregion of West Texas.  The first installment of $127,659 was received at a ceremony recently in Dallas

Nick Dunham Ph.D. Grad Student and Ronald J. Kendall, Ph.D.

Nick Dunham, a doctoral student, presenting his research on “Evidence of an Oxyspirura petrowi Epizootic in Northern Bobwhites (Colinus virginianus), from the Rolling Plains of Texas” at the 2014 Wildlife Disease Association meeting

The WTL received a $200,000 grant to fund research toward a cure for these infections. The grant is sponsored by the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on the preservation of Texas’ wild quail-hunting heritage. Read more here.
Graduate students, Kendall Blanchard, and Cassie Henry, from the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory, are presenting information and updates on the work of our lab at “Conservation’s Greatest Night”, March 8, 2018, in Dallas, Texas. “Conservation’s Greatest Night”, sponsored by Park Cities Quail, raised over $2 million to support quail research and conservation.
Park Cities Quail, Dallas, Texas, has given the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory a $125,000 research award to support the continued research of parasitic infection in wild quail in the Rolling Plains of West Texas.

Stephen J. Klaine Environmental Education Award

Ron Kendall was awarded the Stephen J. Klaine Environmental Education Award from SETAC North America at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s 38th Annual Meeting held November 12-16, 2017, in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Ron Kendall at the 4th International Conference on Parasitology, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2017.

The dedication of the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory’s Mobile Research Lab was held on June 27, 2017, at the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch in Roby, Texas. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation, Park Cities Quail, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Smith South Plains.

Dr. Dale Rollins, Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, Anne Brown, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Kendall Blanchard, and Dr. Ron Kendall at the Park Cities Quail Gala in Dallas, March 2, 2017.

Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones and conservationist, as well as quail enthusiast, visited the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory to learn more about our research on quail ecology

Scaled quail from the Rolling Plains of West Texas

Garden and Gun Magazine feature on the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory

Field team members, Matthew Brym and Cassie Henry, don’t have time to “stop and smell the roses” during the field season but did take the opportunity to enjoy Texas Bluebonnets, the State Flower of Texas

Cassie Henry, Dr. Ron Kendall, and Kendall Blanchard with our Mobile Research Laboratory at the Park Cities Quail Gala in Dallas, Texas, on March 2, 2017
Uday Turaga received the runner-up 2016 Best Research Paper award from TAPPI JOURNAL
Annette and Pat Sykora, owners of Smith South Plains, Levelland, Texas, have donated a Ford F-150 Supercrew truck to the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory. This is the second truck that they have donated. We very much appreciate their support
We are starting a new project involving the Monarch butterfly.  This is original artwork by our Wildlife Research Assistant, Leela Barina
Wildlife Research Scientist, Matthew Brym, and graduate student, Cassie Henry, with a bobwhite quail at a field research site
Nick Dunham received the Syngenta Outstanding Doctoral Student in Environmental Toxicology Award at the TIEHH 2016 Spring Banquet
Representatives of Park Cities Quail visiting the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory
Doctoral student, Nick Dunham, awarded an ARCS Foundation Scholarship on October 28, 2014
Nick Dunham presenting his research at the ARCS Foundation banquet on the evening of October 28, 2014

The owners of Smith South Plains automobile dealership, Annette and Pat Sykora, have graciously donated a Ford F150 4×4 pick-up truck to support our wild bobwhite quail field research efforts through the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory.  Thank you, Annette and Pat, for your generous contribution in helping us achieve our field research goals