Personnel Profile

Allan Chaney, Professor emeritus

Allan Chaney


Dr. Allan H. Chaney


He was a Kerrville native whose grandparents owned The Chaney Store once located in the building Francisco's restaurant now occupies on Earl Garrett and Water Street. Richard Hiram Chaney, his grandfather, purchased the Chaney ranch in 1927. Case remembered a time when there was little to nothing on the South side of the river and to get 13 miles to the ranch required opening 23 gates! A graduate of the Tivy High school class of 1941, he then attended Schreiner Institute (now Schreiner University), eventually earning a PhD in Biology from Tulane University in New Orleans.

After joining the Navy, he became an officer on an LSM 345 during WWII. What began with a trip down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico on a newly commissioned ship, ended up in Tokyo Bay during the resignation of Japan. As a field Biologist, Dr. Chaney successfully influenced three generations of students in the processes of observation and study; realizing how important all the parts are to the big picture of our finite natural world.  Dr. Chaney began teaching at Texas A&I in 1963. In the picture below from the 1969 El Rancho yearbook Texas A&I graduates Roger Zimmerman (left), James Seagle (center), and Dr. Chaney at Ransom Island, located in Redfish Bay are studying the feeding habits of the fish and invertebrates by examining the stomach contents of their catch.

 El Rancho 1969

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Those left to honor and cherish his memory are son, Richard Chaney; daughters, Prudi Chaney-Peters and Teslin Chaney; wife, Kristin LaRue-Chaney; grandsons, Patrick and Sam Chaney; son-in-law, Mike Peters and countless students who are long considered family. "Lastly, he would recommend you shoot cowbirds*, and remember that over population continues to be a problem."

In lieu of floral arrangements, the family suggests memorials be forwarded to the charity of one's choice.

* Dr. Chaney was well aware that shooting cowbirds is illegal.


 Scleroporus chaneyi


Female, 10,000′, Tamaulipas, Mexico


Image from

photograph © Tim Burkhardt, used with permission


Liner, E. A. & J. R. Dixon. 1992. A new species of the Sceloporus scalaris group from Cerro Peña Nevada, Nuevo León, Mexico (Sauria: Iguanidae).  Texas Journal of Science. 44: 421-427.

Liner, E. A. & J. R. Dixon. 1994. Sceloporus chaneyi. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. 588: 1-2.

Watkins-Colwell, G. J., H. M. Smith and D. Chiszar. 1996. Sceloporus chaneyi. Herpetological Review. 27:153.



Cagle, F. R. and A.H. Chaney. 1950. Turtle populations in Louisiana. American Midland. Naturalist 43:383-388,

Chaney, A. H. 1951.  The food habits of the salamander Amphiuma tridactylum.  Copeia 1951:45-49.

Chaney, A., and C. L. Smith. 1950. Methods for collecting map turtles. Copeia 1950:323-324.

Chaney, A, H. and Gordon, R. E. 1954 Notes on a population of Sceloporus merriami merriami Stejneger.  Texas Journal of Science 6:78-82

Tunnell, J. W., Jr. and A. H. Chaney.  1970.  A Checklist of the Mollusks of Seven and One-Half Fathom Reef, Northwestern Gulf of Mexico, Contributions in Marine Science, Vol. 15, p. 193-203

Liner, E. A., Johnson, R. M. and Chaney, A. H. 1976. Geographic distribution. Amphibian and reptile records and range extensions for Mexico. Herpetological Review. 1(4):177.

Liner, E. A, Johnson R M, Chaney A. H. 1977. A contribution to the herpetology of northern Coahuila, Mexico. Trans. Kans. Acad. Sci. 80(1-2):47-53.

Johnson, R. M., E. A. Liner & A. H. Chaney.  1978. Geographic Distribution: Pseudoeurycea scandans,  Herpetological Review. 9(1): 21.

Liner, E. A., A. H. Chaney & R. M. Johnson.  1978. Geographic Distribution: Tantilla nigriceps fumiceps (Texas Black-headed Snake).  Herpetological Review. 9(1): 22.

Felder, D. L. and A. H. Chaney.  1979.  Decapod Crustacean Fauna of Seven and One-Half Fathom Reef, Texas : Species Composition, Abundance, and Species Diversity, Contributions in Marine Science Vol. 22, p. 1-29

Chaney, A. H., E. A. Liner & Richard M. Johnson (1982). Geographic Distribution: Chiropterotriton prisca. Herpetological Review. 13(2): 51.

Chaney, A. H., E. A. Liner & Richard M. Johnson (1982). Geographic Distribution: Sceloporus poinsetti poinsetti (Crevice Spiny Lizard).  Herpetological Review. 13(2): 52.     

Chaney, A. H. and E. A. Liner. (1982).  In Memoriam: Richard (Dick) M. Johnson 1924-1982.  Herpetological Review. 13(4): 115.

Johnson, R. M., E. A. Liner & A. H. Chaney (1982). Geographic Distribution: Sceloporus couchi (Couch's Spiny Lizard).  Herpetological Review. 13(2): 52.

Liner, E. A., A. H. Chaney & R. M. Johnson (1982). Geographic Distribution: Elaphe sobocularis (Trans-Pecos Rat Snake).  Herpetological Review. 13(2): 52-53; 2 figs.

Liner, E. A., R. M. Johnson & A. H. Chaney (1982). Geographic Distribution: Tantilla rubra rubra (Red Black-head Snake).  Herpetological Review. 13(2): 53.

Chaney, A.H. 1983. (revised 1989) Keys to Selected Marine Invertebrate of Texas. Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Technical Bulletin No. 4 vol. 86 pp.

Chaney, A. H. and E. A. Liner. (1986). Geographic Distribution: Rhadinaea montana  Herpetological Review. 17(3): 67.

Chaney, A. H. and E. A. Liner. (1986). Geographic Distribution: Crotalus pricei miquihuanus (Miquihuanan Twin Spotted Rattlesnake).  Herpetological Review. 17(4): 89.

Rossman, D. A., E. A. Liner, C. H. Trevino, and A. H. Chaney.   1989.  Redescription of the garter snake Thamnophis exsul Rossman, 1969 (Serpentes: Colubridae). Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 102:507-514.

Shaver, D. J., and A. H. Chaney. 1989. An analysis of unhatched Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle eggs. Pp. 82-98 in Proceedings from the 1st International Symposium on Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Biology, Conservation and Management.  Charles W. Caillouet, Jr., and Andre M. Landry, Jr., eds. Texas Sea Grant Publication TAMU-SG-89-105. Galveston, Tex.: Texas Sea Grant Program.

Shaver, D. J., D. W. Owens, A. H. Chaney, C. W. Caillouet Jr., P. M. Burchfield, and R. Marquez M. 1989. Styrofoam box and beach temperatures in relation to incubation and sex ratios of Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. Pp. 103-108 in Proceedings of the 8th Annual Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology. Barbara Schroeder, comp. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFC-214.Miami: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Chaney, A. H. and E. A. Liner. (1990). Geographic Distribution: Rhadinaea montana (Nuevo Leon Yellow-lipped Snake).  Herpetological Review. 21(1): 23-24.    

Liner, E. A., A. H. Chaney, James R. Dixon & J. F. Scudday (1990). Geographic Distribution: Thamnophis cyrtopsis pulchrilatus (NCN).  Herpetological Review. 21(2): 42.

Chaney, A. H. and E. A. Liner. (1995). Geographic Distribution: Cnemidophorus inornatus paululus (Little Striped Whiptail).  Herpetological Review. 26(3): 155.

Technical Reports

Chaney, A. H., Chapman, B. R., Karges, J. P., Nelson, D. A., Schmidt, R .R., Thebeau, L.C., 1978. Use of dredged material islands by colonial seabirds and wading birds in Texas, U. S. Army Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Mississippi, Dredged Material Research Program Technical Report D-78-8, 317 pp

Blacklock, G. W., R. D. Slack, D. R. Blankinship, A. H. Chaney, K. A. King, J. C. Smith, and L. Mullins. 1979. Texas colonial waterbird census, 1977-78. Pp. 252- 259 in Proceedings of the First Welder Wildlife Foundation Symposium. Welder Wildlife Foundation, Sinton, Texas

Chaney, A. H. 1981.  A study of the bird use of the wetlands in the middle Rio Grande Valley.  U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service purchase agreement # 20181-0885. FY 1980.

Mullins, H. L., R. D. Slack, A. H. Chaney, R. C. Telfair II, R. T. Paul, D. R. Blankinship, G. W. Blacklock, K. A. King, S. Kennedy, and J. S. Smith. 1982. An atlas and census of Texas waterbird colonies 1973-1980. Caesar Kleberg Wildlife. Research Institute, Texas A & I University, Kingsville, TX.

Chaney, A.H. 1988. "An Analysis of the Nekton and Plankton Around a Shoalgrass Bed in the Laguna Madre of Texas". Contract PX7490-7-0009, National Park Service, Corpus Christi, Texas. 166 p.

Chaney, A. H.,  and M. B. Pons, Jr..  1988.  Faunal and floral characteristics of the Playa del Rio Project Site, Cameron County, Texas.  U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service cooperative agreement 14-16-002-86-926, Amendment No. 1 (FY87).  121 pp.

Chaney, A. H. 1989. A preliminary investigation of the Hidalgo-Willacy counties stormwater drainage canal. Final Report USFWS/Texas A&I Univ. Coop. Agreement 14-16-002-86-926 submitted to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Corpus Christi Ecological Services Field Office. 93 pp

Chaney, A. H.  1993 (revised 1996)  Keys to the vertebrates of Texas exclusive of the birds, Department of  Biology.  Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  99 pp.

Chaney, A.H., G. W. Blacklock, and S. G. Bartels. 1993. "Bird Use of the Padre Island National Seashore Gulf Beach from Sept. 1992 - Aug. 1993". Contract 1443PX749092188, Padre Island National Seashore, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Chaney, A.H., G. W. Blacklock, and S. G. Bartels. 1993. "Laguna Madre Bird Project From Yarborough Pass to Mansfield Channel During July 1992 Through April 1993". Contract 1443PX7000092582, Padre Island National Seashore, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Chaney, A.H., G. W. Blacklock, and S. G. Bartels. 1995. "Laguna Madre Bird Survey, Yarborough Pass to Northern Boundary, Padre Island National Seashore, August 1994 to August 1995". Contract 1443PX749094190, Padre Island National Seashore, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Chaney, A. H., G. W. Blacklock, and S. G. Bartels. 1996. Current status and historical trends of avian resources in the Corpus Christi Bay National Estuary Program Study Area. Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Corpus Christi Bay National Estuary Program, Volume 2.   CCBNEP-06B. Corpus Christi, Texas

 Chaney, A .H. & G. W. Blacklock.  2005.  Colonial waterbird and rookery island management plan.  Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program.  303 pp.

In December 1977, a symposium was held in honor of Dr. Chaney.  The following is taken from the publication that resulted from it,

South Texas Fauna

A Symposium Honoring Dr. Allan H. Chaney

Texas A&I University
Kingsville, Texas
21-22 December 1977

Brian R. Chapman
John W. Tunnell, Jr.

Published by
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute


     The biota of South Texas is rich in both diversity and abundance, perhaps more so for the area's size than anywhere in North America. Elements of the Chihuahuan Desert touch the western edge of South Texas, then give way eastward to the brushlands of the Rio Grande Plains; from the south are numerous and exciting tropical incursions, and from the north and east are temperate species that seemingly complete the colorful biotic mural that is South Texas.  Yet there is more. South Texas meets with the western edge of the Gulf of Mexico. The landscape along the coast is a verdant mix of coastal prairie and saltwater marsh yielding to a complex bay system that is capped by the Laguna Madre. Beyond lie the barrier islands where unique ecological systems entrap forever a biologist's imagination. No one can escape the lure of the shifting foredunes, the fleeting ghost crabs, the unparalleled stoop of a peregrine falcon or the mysteries of the Gulf's tepid waters.

            The biota, I repeat, is rich. South Texas is quite literally a biological crossroads for much of North America. Eastern species meet-and blend with those of the west, south with north, and we who work with creatures are blessed to be here. For biology students of nearly two decades' span this setting has been - and remains - further enriched by the perceptive guidance of a dedicated teacher and graduate counselor. He is Allan H. Chaney, Professor of Biology at Texas A&I University. This volume is our tribute to Dr. Chaney and to his accomplishments. His accomplishments are, of course, not merely contributions to the biological sciences, but also to the people who were and are his students and colleagues. Thus, with these papers, we acknowledge the energy he has contributed to our education, to our professionalism, and perhaps of the highest order, to our character.

            What follows in this volume is a representation of Dr. Chaney's interests in biology and people. Readers of almost any bent can sample these pages with ample reward. Here are papers on the breeding biology of ground squirrels, the distribution of marine brachiopods, the status of roseate spoonbills, the biology and ecology of crustaceans, and the bioenergetics of whistling ducks. And more - sponges, spoil island ecology, rodent behavior, and morphometric analysis of sirens. This menu is at once delightful and fulfilling. Each paper has two ingredients, the wondrous outdoor laboratory of South Texas and the guiding hand of Allan H. Chaney.

            Texas proudly claims our honoree as a native son. Born in the heart of the hill country at Kerrville on December 11, 1923, Allan Harold Chaney - "Case" to his many associates – attended Tivy High School and the Schreiner Institute where he graduated with honors. He joined the Navy V-1 program in 1942, was commissioned in 1945, and served in the Pacific Theatre as a captain of LSM 345.

            The years that followed the war were no less active and far more fulfilling. Tulane University was the academic home of Allan Chaney; B.S. (1947), M.S. (1949) and Ph.D (1958) degrees were each granted from that institution. His social life flourished, too, and "Case" took the hand of Mary Jane Koubek in marriage in 1948. This union produced Richard Allan in 1952 and Jane Allane in 1955.

            Teaching responsibilities first at Tulane (1950) and later at Arkansas Polytechnic College (1953-58) founded Dr. Chaney's unique rapport with college students. He then joined Del Mar College (1959-63) where he served as professor and Chairman of the Biology Department. Another move followed, and since 1963 Dr. Chaney has continued his productive tenure at Texas A&1 University. His teaching abilities and superb interactions with students are the fabric of his career. Twice selected among the Top Ten Teachers, twice nominated for the prestigious Piper Professor award, and revered by all who have attended his classes, Allan H. Chaney is now honored with this symposium in recognition of his singular dedication to the excellence of instruction and personal development. We are indelibly marked by our association with Case Chaney, and remain indebted to him for his unyielding concern.

            One final note. It was my pleasure to act as M.C. for the symposium's banquet. One can scarcely report the atmosphere that permeated the audience of students, past and present. How does one ably portray in words the attributes of respect, honor, and affection? I cannot, but I do in these few words acknowledge that these and even more sentiments of our admiration were in the hearts of all there. In Navy terms, I warmly add a hearty "Well done, Case!" from all of us.

Eric G. Bolen
Associate Dean
The Graduate School
Texas Tech University


    The symposium in honor of Dr. Allan H. Chaney, Professor of Biology at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas, was held on campus during 21-22  December 1977. The banquet and presented papers were a means of expressing sincere appreciation for Dr. Chaney's guidance, encouragement, and friendship from his former students. The following is an outline of the symposium:

21 December 1977


        Biology Building, Room 101, 2-5 PM


        Student Union Building, 7:00 PM

        Greetings and Introduction - Dr. Eric Bolen

        Invocation - Dr. Wes Tunnell


        The Symposium and its History - Dr. Brian Cain

        Chaney's Song - Dr. Joyce Teerling et al.

        Words of Thanks - Mrs. Scott (Mary) Wright and Dr. Jack Rickner

        The Guest of Honor Speaks - Dr. Allan H. Chaney

        Closing Thoughts- Dr. Eric Bolen

22 December 1977


        Biology Building, Room 100, 9-4:30 PM

        Opening of the Symposium - Dr. Brian R. Chapman

        Presentation of Papers

  1. The home range of Peromyscus leucopus texana (Woodhouse) at Site 55, Kleberg County, Texas by Josephine Smith

  2. Interaction of seven rodent species at Site 55, Kleberg County, Texas by Mary Wright.

  3. Reproduction of the Mexican ground squirrel (Spermophilus mexicanus) in southern Texas by Kenneth G. Matocha.

  4. Geographic distribution and taxonomic status of rice rats (Genus Oryzomys) in Texas by Stanley Parker.

  5. A morphometric analysis of sirens from southern Texas by V. Rick McDaniel.

  6. Distribution and habitat of Discradisca antillarum(d'Orbigny, 1846) (Brachiopoda: Inarticulata) in the western Gulf of Mexico by John W. Tunnell, Jr.

  7. The importance of echinoderms in the diet of fishes of a sublittoral rock reef by Thomas C. Shirley.

  8. Life histories of the snapping shrimps Synalpheus fritzmuelleri and S. apioceros (Crustacea: Decapoda: Alpheidae) on a sublittoral reef off Texas by Darryl L. Felder.

  9. Sponges from Seven and One-Half Fathom Reef by Joyce Teerling.

  10. The ascidians of the Aransas Pass inlet jetties, Port Aransas, Texas by Nancy N. Rabalais

  11. Observations on the biology of Tozeuma carolinense (Crustacea: Hippolytidae) from Redfish Bay, Texas by Jack A. Rickner.

  12. Current status of Roseate Spoonbills on the Texas coast by Brian R. Chapman.

  13. Anatomical and vegetational features of spoil banks and their utilization by birds: upper Laguna Madre of Texas by Carlos H. Mendoza and Rene Ortiz.

  14. Growth energetics of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna autumnals) by Brian W. Cain.

    Closing Remarks- Dr. Chapman


        Officers Club, Kingsville Naval Air Station, 7:00 PM

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