Dale Gawlik, Ph.D.

Endowed Chair for Conservation & Biodiversity
Senior Leadership
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Ph.D. Wildlife Science, Texas A&M University (1994)
M.S. Biology, Winthrop University (1988)
B.S. Wildlife, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (1984)

Dr. Dale Gawlik is Endowed Chair for Conservation and Biodiversity at the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and a Professor in the Department of Life Sciences.  His research focuses on waterbird ecology and conservation, wetland and intertidal ecosystems, restoration ecology, and the use of birds in aquatic ecosystem management.  He has published over 80 papers, many focused on how hydrologic processes in coastal and freshwater ecosystems control wading bird populations.  He and his students have developed heron, stork, and ibis habitat models that link bird populations to the hydrologic management and restoration of the Everglades of Florida.  Dale is a Fellow in the American Ornithological Society and he serves on the IUCN Heron Specialists Group and IUCN Stork, Ibis, and Spoonbill Specialist Group.  He also is a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wood Stork Working Group and the International Reddish Egret Working Group.  Dale has held elected leadership positions in professional ornithological and scientific societies, including the Association of Field Ornithologists, Waterbird Society, Wilson Ornithological Society, and the Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society. 


Selected Publications:

  • Evans, B. A. and D. E. Gawlik.  2020. Urban food subsidies reduce natural food limitations and reproductive costs for a wetland bird. Scientific Reports 10:14021 |
  • Calle, L., L. Green, A. Strong, and D. E. Gawlik.  2018. Time-integrated habitat availability is a resource attribute that informs patterns of use in intertidal areas.  Ecological Monographs 88: 600-620.
  • Klassen, J. A. and D. E. Gawlik.  2018.  Does a long-term shift in Wood Stork diet foreshadow adaptability to human-induced rapid environmental change? Journal of Field Ornithology 89:126-139.
  • Klassen, J. A. and D. E. Gawlik. 2017. Tradeoffs between fine-scale site measurements and coarse sensory data for long-term monitoring of pulsed wetlands. Freshwater Biology 62: 649-663.
  • Chastant, J. E., M. L. Petersen, and D. E. Gawlik.  2017. Nesting substrate and water-level fluctuations influence wading bird nesting patterns in a large shallow eutrophic lake. Hydrobiologia 788: 371-383.
  • Klassen, Jessica A., D. E. Gawlik, and P. C. Frederick.  2016. Linking Wading Bird Prey Selection to Number of Nests. Journal of Wildlife Management 80: 1450-1460
  • Botson, Bryan A., D. E. Gawlik, and J. C. Trexler.  2016. Mechanisms that generate resource pulses in a fluctuating wetland. PLoS ONE 11: e0158864.
  • Calle, L., D. E. Gawlik, Z. Xie, L. Green, B. Lapointe, and A. Strong.  2016.  Effects of tidal periodicities and diurnal foraging constraints on the density of foraging wading birds. Auk 133: 378-396.
  • Beerens, J. M., P. C. Frederick, E. G. Noonburg, and D. E. Gawlik.  2015.  Determining habitat quality for species that demonstrate dynamic habitat selection. Ecology and Evolution 5: 5685-5697.


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