Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Scott Henke, Department Chair, Regents Professor and Research Scientist

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Scott Henke was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, and had a strong interest in natural resources and wild animals.  He worked in medical research after he received his BS degree, but his strong interest in wildlife called him back.  Upon graduation with his Ph.D. in 1992, Scott joined the faculty of CKWRI and the Animal, Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences Department of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  Scott has authored or co-authored >90 scientific articles, >200 abstracts, and 25 popular articles. Scott and Fred Bryant, Ph.D., Director of CKWRI, received the prestigious award from The Wildlife Society for the most outstanding publication of 2001 entitled “Effects of coyote removal on the faunal community in western Texas,” which appeared in the Journal of Wildlife Management 63:1066- 1081. Scott has received research awards from The Wildlife Society and from the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society. He received teaching awards from TAMUK and the Javelina Alumni Association. Scott also received the Koch Industries Outstanding Educator of the Year award in 2001, was named Regent's Professor in 2008, and received the Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching award in 2009. Scott is the past President of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the Past-President of the International Horned Lizard Conservation Society, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Wildlife Range Management Working Group of The Wildlife Society.

Curriculum Vitae

Education    

Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

MS degree in Wildlife Science, Texas Tech University,1988

PhD degree in Wildlife Science, Texas Tech University, 1992

Research Interests

His research interests include wildlife disease, predator-prey ecology, and human-wildlife interactions. Scott's research has involved rabies virus, distemper, exploitative and interference competition between mesopredators, effects of predator removal, and ecological ramifications of invasive species. Subjects of his research have included horned lizards, brown tree snakes, coyotes, raccoons, gray foxes, jackrabbits, macaques, bobwhite quail, white-winged doves, and white-tailed deer. His current research involves parasitic roundworms as a potential zoonosis, aflatoxin effects on songbirds, brown tree snake invasive capabilities, and causes of the decline of Texas horned lizards.

Teaching Appointment

Wildlife Policy and Law – Undergraduate level

Wildlife Capstone – Undergraduate level

Wildlife Public Relations - Graduate level

Outreach and Community Service

Scott is the advisor of the Student Wildlife Society, which was named the International Student Chapter of the Year by the Wildlife Society in 1998, 2001 and 2005, which makes them one of 2 Student Chapters in the world to win this award 3 times. The Student Wildlife Society was also named State Student Chapter of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 (7 out of the 8 years since the award has been initiated).

Contact Information

Department of Animal, Rangeland, and Wildlife Sciences
Kleberg Ag 133
MSC 228 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361.593.3689
fax: 361.593.3788
email: scott.henke@tamuk.edu
Personal Website:

This page was last updated on: June 05, 2013