Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Dr. Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, Assistant Professor and Research Scientist

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Sandra Rideout-Hanzak received her PhD in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2001.  Sandra then began a post-doc position as a research forester with the USDA Forest Service at their Southern Research Station in Athens, GA and later Clemson, SC.  In 2005 Sandra joined the faculty at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.  She was appointed to the faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2010 where she is currently Assistant Professor and Research Scientist in the Department of Animal, Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences and Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, respectively. 

Curriculum Vitae 


 B.A. in Health & Safety Education, Latin minor, Ball State University – 1987

M.S.F. in Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University – 1997

Ph.D. in Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University – 2001


Research Interests

As a researcher Sandra has explored such topics as effects of the East Amarillo Complex wildfires of 2006 on vegetation, soil erosion and bird communities, fire and water relations in hedgehog cacti varieties, season of burn effects on native grasses of the Southern Great Plains, and fire effects in southern pine, Piedmont, and Appalachian ecosystems.  Currently Sandra is studying effects of growing season burning on tanglehead, an invasive grass, as well as restoration of endangered slender-rushpea habitat. 


Outreach and Community Service

Sandra is a founding member of the Association for Fire Ecology and former advisor of the Texas Tech SAFE chapter (Student Association for Fire Ecology).  She has also served as Vice President of the Association for Fire Ecology and a member of the Texas Prescribed Burn Board.


Teaching Appointments

Principles of Wildlife Management – Undergraduate Level

Methods in Rangeland Ecology – Undergraduate Level

Fire Ecology – Graduate Level

Prescribed Fire – Undergraduate and Graduate Levels

Restoration Ecology – Graduate Level

Contact Information

Department of Animal, Rangeland, and Wildlife Sciences
Kleberg Ag 129
MSC 228 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361.593.4546
fax: 361.593.3788
email: sandra.rideout-hanzak@tamuk.edu
Personal Website:

This page was last updated on: January 05, 2012