Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Dr. April Conkey, Assistant Professor


April Ann Torres Conkey grew up on a small family farm in Poteet, Texas and is a proud Javelina Alumni.  She came to Texas A&I University as a student in 1989 and earned a B.Sci. degree in Biology in 1993 as a member of the first class to graduate under the Texas A&M University-Kingsville name.  Undergraduate research led to her Master's project focused on the anti-hemorrhagic response of woodrats to rattlesnake venom (National Natural Toxins Research Center, TAMU-K).  In 2009 she earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, Tx where she evaluated freshwater wetland mitigation permitting and project persistence along the upper Texas coast.  After graduation, she taught at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar with research on the diet of the spiny-tailed lizard.  With a wealth of teaching experience and a diverse research background, Dr. Conkey joined the faculty at TAMU-K in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Range and Wildlife Management and Wildlife Education Specialist. 

Curriculum Vitae


B.Sc. in Biology, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, 1993

M.Sc. in Biology, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, 1996

Ph.D. in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2009

Research Interests

Dr. Conkey's research experience includes rattlesnake venom resistance in woodrats, waterfowl use of rice wetlands, freshwater wetland mitigation policy and spatial analyses, and the diet of the spiny-tailed lizard in Qatar.  Current research projects include behavioral ecology and reproductive physiology of the Ethiopian hedgehog in Qatar and urban vs. rural population demographics of North American freshwater turtles (Ecological Research as Education Network).  Her research will also focus on incorporating and assessing research case studies into K-16 lessons to teach fundamental ecological and wildlife management concepts.

Outreach and Community Service


Teaching Appointments

Principles of Wildlife Management - Undergraduate level

Wildlife Management Techniques - Undergraduate level

Human and Wildlife Conflict Resolution - Undergraduate level

Contact Information

Animal, Rangeland, and Wildlife Sciences
Kleberg Ag Bldg., Rm 132
MSC 228 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361.593.3715
fax: 361.593.3788
email: april.conkey@tamuk.edu
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This page was last updated on: October 21, 2013