Hernandez LULAC

Texas A&M-Kingsville faculty member, Dr.Fidel Hernandez, honored by LULAC Council 1

KINGSVILLE - February 25, 2013

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Dr. Fidel Hernandez, professor and Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Endowed Professor in Quail Research at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was honored February 21 by LULAC Council 1 in Corpus Christi as an Outstanding Community Leader. He was one of several people honored by the group at their annual banquet.

“LULUC has a long history of advancing the economic condition and education opportunities of Hispanics in the United States,” Hernandez said. “When I was an undergraduate at Angelo State University, LULAC was a strong supporter of the Mexican-American student organization. They provided scholarships for our organization, assisted with our banquets and participated in our community outreach projects. It is a true honor to receive recognition from an organization that has dedicated itself for nearly a century to the advancement of Hispanics. 

“As a university professor, most awards you receive are for your professional service or accomplishment. But a profession is only half of a person’s contribution to society. The other half is their personal engagement in their community,” he added. “For me, receiving the Community Leadership Award from LULAC adds personal warmth to my professional career. It reminds me that Texas A&M-Kingsville and the city of Kingsville are one in the same, both contributing in their own way to the enhancement of our community.” 

About Dr. Fidel Hernandez

Hernandez is a faculty member in the animal, rangeland and wildlife sciences department and is a research scientist with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, both in the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences. He is a native of Brackettville and was raised on a cattle ranch in western Texas. Hernandez earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Angelo State University with chemistry minors in both degrees. He earned his doctoral degree in wildlife science from the joint Texas A&M University and Texas A&M University-Kingsville degree program. 

His research interests involve general population ecology of wildlife and have included projects on the influence of predation, habitat, weather, land-use, harvest and range management practices-on avian populations. He has authored more than 50 scientific articles, six book chapters and two books.  

In collaboration with his 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 Dr. Fred S. Guthery (Oklahoma State University) recently published the second edition of the classic Beef, Brush, and Bobwhites: Quail Management in Cattle Country (Texas A&M University Press, 2012).  Hernandez 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. He also has served as a panel review member for the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, International Aridlands Consortium and Environmental Protection Agency.         

During 2007–2008, Hernandez served as the president of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society. He also served the national organization, The Wildlife Society, in various capacities, including chair of the Ethnic and Gender Diversity Working Group. He 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. Hernandez received the Rising Star Award from the Javelina Alumni Association at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2010.  He and his graduate students have presented more than 200 papers at various national and international scientific conferences, with his students being winners of several awards for Best Student Research or Presentation.

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