Robert E. Martin
October 2001


DISCIPLINE: Mammalogy, Vertebrate Biology, Behavioral Ecology


McMurry University
Professor, Sept. 1991-present; Associate Professor, Jan. 1989- Aug. 1991.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Assoc.Prof/Professor,Sept. 1979 -Aug.1988*.

Baylor University
Associate Professor,Summer 1983.

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Coordinator/Mammals, Aug. 1977-Aug. 1979; Specialist/Acting Head, Sept. 1976-July 1977.

Roosevelt University
Asst. Prof.(part-time), August 1977-Aug. 1979.

Universidad Católica de Chile/Servicio Agricola y Ganadero*
Visiting Prof./Ecologist, August 1974-1976.

Texas Tech University
Part-time Instructor/Research Assistant,Jan. 1971-May 1974; Part-time instructor, Sept. 1968-Dec. 1969.

Texas Tech University (Museum)
Asst. Curator/Instructor, Jan.-Dec. 1970.

Oklahoma State University
Graduate Assistant, Sept. 1966-May 1968;Curator of Collections, Sept. 1963-May 1966. 
Undergraduate Assistant, Sept. 1962-May 1963.


*Promoted to Professor for 1988/89 year but resigned position before that appointment was effective.



Texas Tech University


Ph.D., Zoology (Geol. minor)

Oklahoma State University


M.S., Zoology

Oklahoma State University


B.S., Zoology



E.E. Hall Award


McMurry University

Sabbatical Spring


McMurry University

Faculty Development

1992, 1994

Sam Taylor Fellowships

Faculty Development

1990-92, 95, 96

McMurry University

Summer Sabbatical


Univ. Mary Hardin-Baylor

Research Associate


Field Museum Natural History

Grant-in-Aid of Research


Society of the Sigma Xi

Graduate Fellowship

1969, 1970

Texas Tech University

Research Assistantship

1967 (summer)

Smithsonian Institution



1. Population dynamics and behavioral ecology of heteromyid rodents.

2. Threatened and endangered species and use of resources.



American Society of Mammalogists (life member),

Animal Behavior Society,

Phi Sigma Society (honorary),

Southwestern Association of Naturalists,

Society of the Sigma Xi, (inactive),

Texas Society of Mammalogists (Permanent Secretary, 1983-1998); President Elect, 1998/99; President, 1999/2000)



Membership Committee, American Society of Mammalogists (1983-1984).

Committee on Information Retrieval, American Society of Mammalogists (1978-1984).



Proposals: National Science Foundation, Biological Research Resources Program; National Geographic Society.

Papers: National & International: Biotropica, Journal of Mammalogy, Carnegie Museum Publications, Field Museum Publications (Fieldiana), Mammalian Species.

Regional: Southwestern Naturalist, Texas Journal of Science.



1989-present (McMurry University). Classes in Anatomy and Physiology, Biology Field Studies: Mexico, Comparative Anatomy, Comparative Animal Behavior, Field Biology and Ecology, Biological Literature, Human Physiology; Principles of Biology, Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Vertebrate Biology.

1979-1988 Classes in Zoology (general), Botany (general), Invertebrate Zoology, ComparativeAnimal Behavior Field Zoology (vertebrate biology), Ecology, Natural History Expedition, Modern Concepts of Biology.

1976-1978 Mammalogyand Vertebrate Biology (comparativeanatomy and evolution).

1975-1976.Courses in Behavioral Ecology and Biology of Mammals.


PUBLICATIONS (Refereed Books & Articles)

Martin, R. E., R.H. Pine, and A. F. DeBlase. 2000. Amanual of mammalogy with keys to families of the world. 3rd. ed. McGraw-Hill Publishers, Dubuque. 333 p.

Martin, R. E., and K. G. Matocha. 1998. Dipodomyselator Merriam, Texas kangaroo rat, pp. 69-70. In Hafner, D.J., E. Yensen, and G. L. Kirkland, Jrs. (compilers andeds). North American Rodents. StatusSurvey and Conservation Action Plan. IUCN/SSC Rodent Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. X + 171 pp.

Martin, R. E., and K. G. Matocha. 1991. The Texas kangaroo rat, Dipodomys elator, fromMotley County, Texas, with notes on habitat attributes. Southwestern Naturalist. 36:354-356.

Martin,R. E., and B. R. Chapman (editors). 1984. Contributions in mammalogy in honor of Robert L. Packard. Special Publ., The Museum, Texas Tech Univ.,22:1 234.

Martin, R. E. 1984. Analyses of behavioralpatterns in populations of silky pocket mice, genus Perognathus (Rodentia: Heteromyidae). Spec. Publ., The Museum, Texas Tech Univ., 22:187-213.

Meserve, P. L., R. E. Martin, and J. Rodriguez. 1984. Comparative ecology of the caviomorph rodentOctodon degus in two ChileanMediterranean-type communities. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural, 57:79-89.

Meserve,P. L., R. E. Martin, and J. Rodriguez. 1983. Feeding ecology of twoChilean caviomorphs in a central Mediterranean savanna. J. Mamm., 64:322-325.

Martin, R. E. 1982. Texas kangaroo rat, p. 237-238. Thornback, J., and M. Jenkins(compilers). The IUCN Red Data Book,Part 1. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

DeBlase, A. F., and R. E. Martin. 1980. A manual of mammalogy withkeys to families of the world, 2nd. ed. Wm. C. Brown Co. Publishers, Dubuque. 436 p.

Martin, R. E. 1977. Species preferences ofallopatric and sympatric populations of silky pocket mice, genus Perognathus(Rodentia: Heteromyidae). Amer. MidlandNatur., 98:124-136.

DeBlase, A. F., and R. E. Martin. 1974. A manual of mammalogy with keys to familiesof the world. Wm. C. Brown Co.Publishers, Dubuque. 329 p.

Martin, R. E., and K. G. Matocha. 1972. Distributional status ofthe kangaroo rat, Dipodomys elator. J. Mamm., 53:873-877.

Martin, R. E. 1970. Cranial and bacularvariation in populations of spiny rats of the genus Proechimys (Rodentia: Echimyidae) from South America. SmithsonianContributions Zool., 35:1-19.

Martin, R. E., and J. R. Preston. 1970. The mammals of HarmonCounty, Oklahoma. Proc. Oklahoma Acad.Sci., 49:42-60.

Martin, R. E. 1970. Review of: Van Gelder,R.G. 1969. The biology of mammals.Charles Scribner's SonsNew York. 197 p. IN SouthwesternNaturalist14:453.

Preston, J. R., and R. E. Martin. 1963. A gray shrew population in Harmon County, Oklahoma. J. Mamm., 44:268-270.


PAPERS & TALKS PRESENTED (Since January 1989)

Martin, R.E. 1999. Threatened species: the Texas connection. A&S Colloquium speaker, McMurry University.

Martin, R.E. 1994. Threatened and endangered species Texas style. A&S Colloquium speaker, McMurry University.

Martin, R.E., and J. Rodriguez-M. 1990. Seasonal patterns in activity, foraging, and density in two species of caviomorph rodents. Presented at joint meeting of American Society of Mammalogists and Argentine Mammal Society, Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 17-20, 1990.



Introduction to PC ARC/INFO, ESRI, Redlands, CA. April 14-17, 1997.

Second International Symposium on GIS in Higher Education, Towson State University, MD. Sept. 5-8, 1996.

Science Education Workshop on Applied Analytical Chemistry, Loveland, Colorado, June 20-22, 1995.




  1. Vulnerability Analysis Project for Taylor County, Texas {Preparation of GIS map and database on hazardous sites in the county}. Funded by Texas Department of Emergency Management. Coinvestigators: John F. Busby and Robert E. Martin.
  2. Status and long-term survival estimates for the Texas kangaroo rat, Dipodomys elator Merriam. Section 6, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (May 1995-August 2000).
  3. Faunal Survey of Copper Breaks State Park. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (Dec. 1, 1994-August 31, 1996).
  4. Preserve and Management Recommendation for the Texas kangaroo rat,Dipodomys elator. Texas Nature Conservancy (March 1993-March 1994).
  5. Microhabitat attributes of the Texas kangaroo rat (Dipodomys elator).Texas Nature Conservancy (March 1992-March 1993).
  6. Social interactions in two genera of Chilean rodents. Faculty Development, McMurry University (June-July 1990).
  7. Comparative Ecology of the Texas Kangaroo Rat. Summer Development Leave (June-August 1986).