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Mr. Dean Keddy-Hector

Dean Keddy-Hector is a graduate of McCallum High School (Austin) and the University of Texas at Austin. He has a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from Oklahoma State University and eight years work toward the doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He is an Ornithologist and Conservation Biologist who in 1976 initiated the first intensive field studies ever conducted on the ecology and behavior of the Aplomado Falcon. He is also an expert on the Golden-cheeked Warbler, one of our local endangered species, and has authored Federal Recovery Plans for both these species as well as book chapters, peer-reviewed publications, and popular articles.

Keddy-Hector has been employed by Huston-Tillotson University, Department of Natural Sciences and Math, since Fall of 2006, but has also taught at Austin Community College, Texas State University, Concordia University, and Oklahoma Baptist College. He has also worked  as a Zoologist for the Texas Natural Heritage Program, staff Scientist for Texas Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (TxPEER), and as a consultant and researcher  for the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, Texas Nature Conservancy and Peregrine Fund.

At HT, Keddy-Hector teaches  Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology, Conservation Biology, Ecology and Behavior, and Field Biology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. 


Note: The author’s Global Raptor Information Network (GRIN) webpage contains links to reprints of selected publications:  

Keddy-Hector, D.P. 2000. Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis). In A. Poole and F. Gill (eds.), The Birds of North America no. 549. The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.       

 Keddy-Hector, D. 2000. Myths of convenience and the role of the Golden-cheeked Warbler in central Texas forest restoration. Wild Earth 2000:78–82.       

Keddy-Hector, D.P. 1997. Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis. Pp. 124-127 in R.L. Glinski (ed.) The Raptors of Arizona. Univ. Arizona Press, Tucson.

Diamond, D.D., G.A. Rowell, and D.P. Keddy-Hector. 1995. Conservation of Ashe Juniper (Juniperus ashei Buchholz) woodlands of the central Texas hill country. Natural Areas Journal 15:189-202.

Hector, D.P., and C.J. Beardmore. 1992. Golden-cheeked Warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia) recovery plan. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Austin, TX.

Keddy-Hector, D.P. 1990. Northern Aplomado Falcon Recovery Plan. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Albuquerque, NM.

Hector, D.P. 1988. Vegetative cover, small bird abundance, and patterns of Aplomado Falcon habitat quality in eastern Mexico. Pp. 157-164 in R. Glinski, B. Millsap, S. Hoffman, and B. Pendleton (eds.), Proceedings of the Southwest Raptor Management Symposium and Workshop. National Wildlife Federation, Washington, D.C.       

Hector, D.P. 1988. Aplomado Falcon. Pp. 315-322 in R.S. Palmer (ed.), Handbook of North American birds. Vol. 5. Part 2. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT.

Martin, R.F. and Hector, D.P. 1988. Nest lining with sheep wool: potential negative effects on Cave Swallows. Wilson Bulletin 100: 294-296.       

Hector, D.P. 1987. The decline of the Aplomado Falcon in the United States. American Birds 41:381-389.       

Hector, D.P. 1986. Cooperative hunting and its relationship to foraging success and prey size in an avian predator. Ethology 73:247-257.      

Dickson, R.G. (cinematographer) and Hector, D.P. (scientific advisor and author of narrative). 1986. Hunting behavior of the Aplomado Falcon. Aspects of Animal Behavior Series, Office of Instructional Development, University of California (educational film).

Hector, D.P. 1985. The diet of the Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis) in eastern Mexico. Condor 87:336-342.      

Hector, D.P. 1982. Botfly (Diptera, Muscidae) parasitism of nestling Aplomado Falcons. Condor 84:443-444.       

Kiff, L.F., D.B. Peakall, and D.P. Hector. 1980. Eggshell thinning and organochlorine resides in the Bat and Aplomado Falcons in Mexico. Pp. 949-952 in R. Nöhring (ed.), Acta XVII Congressus Internationalis Ornithologici. Deutschen Ornithologen-Gesellschaft, Berlin.       



Role: Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 512.505.3172
Office: D-L 217