Raymond S. Matlack, Ph.D.
Professor of Wildlife Biology
Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences
WTAMU Box 60808, Canyon, TX 79016

Phone: (806) 336-1904 (cell)
E-mail: rmatlack@wtamu.edu

@unlikelyprofessor (Instagram)

Texas Wild is everywhere @TexasWildEdu

  Matlack with Canon camera 

Palo Duro Canyon - located about 13 miles from WTAMU


Matlack filming critters 

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January 2017 - There is course material available and much more is coming! I'm currently working to update my personal web pages focusing on Ornithology, Natural History of Vertebrates, and Wildlife Management throughout this spring

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Class Information

Wildlife Conservation (Bio2374)

Wildlife Management (Biol3374)

Natural History of Vertebrates (Bio3420)

Field Biology (Bio3099/5099)

Ornithology (Bio4433/5433)

Mammalogy (Bio4434/5434)

Animal Behavior (Biol4335/5335)

Zoogeography (Biol6312)




Research Interests
General Interests



Montgomery, D. K., and R. S. Matlack. 2010. Early winter feeding on elm bark by eastern fox squirrels near the western range terminus. Prairie Naturalist 42 In press.

Lockwood, P., R. S. Matlack, E. Hunt, and J. Kelley.  2010.  From Community College to Four-Year Institution: a Model for Recruitment and Retention. Community College Journal of Research and Practice.  Accepted.

Jackrel, S. L., and R. S. Matlack. 2009. Influence of Surface Area, Water Level, and Adjacent Vegetation on Bat Use of Artificial Water Sources. American Midland Naturalist. Accepted.

  Johnson, W. P., L. Baar, R. S. Matlack, and R. B. Barron.  2010.  Hatching chronology of ducks using playas in the Southern High Plains of Texas.  American Midland Naturalist 163:247Ė253.

Baar, L., R. S. Matlack, W. P. Johnson, and R. B. Barron.  2008.  Migration chronology of non-breeding waterfowl in the Southern High Plains of Texas.  Waterbirds 31:394-401.

Matlack, R. S., D. W. Kaufman, and G. A. Kaufman.  2008.  Influence of woody vegetation on small mammals in tallgrass prairie.  American Midland Naturalist 160:7-19.

Poole, M. W. and R. S. Matlack. 2007.  Noteworthy records of the prairie vole and other small mammals from the panhandle of Texas.  Southwestern Naturalist 52(3): 442-445.

Matlack, R. S., R. L. Rehmeier, B. R. McMillan, D. W. Kaufman, and G. A. Kaufman.  2006.   Unusual disturbance of small-mammal live traps by American crows.  Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Sciences 109:242-244. 

Rehmeier, R. L., and R. S. Matlack.  2004.  Thamnophis sirtalis Diet.  Journal of Kansas Herpetology 11:15.

Matlack, R. S., and R. L. Rehmeier.  2002.  Status of the western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) in Kansas.  The Southwestern Naturalist 47(2): 312-314. 

Matlack, R. S., G. A. Kaufman, D. W. Kaufman, and B. R. McMillan.  2002.  Long-term dynamics of Elliotís short-tailed shrew (Blarina hylophaga) in tallgrass prairie.  Journal of Mammalogy, 83(1): 280-289. 

Matlack, R. S., D. W. Kaufman, and R. E. Charlton.  2001.  First record of the cinereus shrew for Riley County, Kansas.  The Prairie Naturalist 33(2):107-108.

Matlack, R. S., D. W. Kaufman, and G. A. Kaufman.  2001.  Influence of grazing by bison and cattle on small mammals in burned tallgrass prairie.  The American Midland Naturalist 146:361-368. 

Matlack, R. S., P. S. Gipson, and D. W.  Kaufman.  2000.  The swift fox in cropland and rangeland: effects on abundance, mortality, and body size.  The Southwestern Naturalist 45:221-225.

Gipson, P. S., J. K. Veatch, R. S. Matlack, and D. P. Jones.  1999. Health status of a recently discovered population of feral swine in Kansas.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases 35:624-627.

McMillan, B. R., D. W. Kaufman, G. A. Kaufman, and R. S. Matlack.  1997.  Mammals of Konza Prairie: new observations and an updated species list.  The Prairie Naturalist 29:263-271.

Gipson, P. S., R. S. Matlack, D. P. Jones, H. J. Abel, and A. E. Hynek.  1995.  Feral pigs, Sus scrofa, in Kansas.  Pp. 93-95 in Proceedings of the Fourteenth North American Prairie Conference: Prairie Biodiversity (D. C. Hartnett, ed.).  Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.