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Dr. Rocky Ward

Rocky Ward, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Office: Agriculture and Natural Sciences Building, Room 343
Email: rward@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2283

Professional Profile

Dr. Rocky Ward received his doctorate in biology from the University of North Texas. He spent four years on the faculty of Bethel College, a Presbyterian institution in McKenzie Tenn., before returning to Texas as the head of the Conservation Genetics Laboratory of the Coastal Fisheries Division of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. During the 12 years he spent at TPWD, he researched genetic population structure in a variety of organisms ranging from seagrasses to sharks. Dr. Ward left TPWD in 2003 to head the conservation genetics lab at the United States Geological Survey's Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory in Wellsboro, Pa.  At the USGS, he worked on a variety of species including mussels, hellbenders, Great Lakes fishes, and whale sharks. Dr. Ward returned to Texas in the Spring of 2008 to join the faculty at WTAMU.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Ward teaches courses in introductory biology and in genetics. He also serves on graduate committees of students at WTAMU and other universities in the United States and Mexico.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Ward’s research at WTAMU focuses on conservation genetics. He is involved in a number of projects including monitoring of interspecies hybridization in deer, landscape genetics of bobcats, effects of population bottlenecks on genetic resources of Texas horned-lizards, and world-wide genetic structuring of tarpon.