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Dean Keddy-Hector

Dean Keddy-Hector


I am originally from McAllen, Texas but grew up mostly in Austin where I graduated from McCallum H.S. and the University of Texas (Austin). I attended graduate school at Oklahoma State University (1978-1980)and U.C.L.A.(1980-1987). In 1976-86, initially while working at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI) under Grainger Hunt’s supervision, I carried out the first field and historical studies of the Aplomado Falcon in the U.S., Veracruz, Chiapas and Campeche. This work set the stage for the eventual captive breeding of aplomados in the U.S. by providing an initial cohort of young birds for a breeding project at the CDRI in Alpine, TX. This work also set the stage for the “Endangered” status of the northern aplomado when Lloyd Kiff and David Peakal detected heavy pesticide contamination in eggshell samples collected from my study areas. After graduate school I worked as the staff ornithologist/zoologist of the Texas Natural Heritage Program (TNHP) where I carried out color banding studies of Golden-cheeked Warblers and wrote the recovery plan and served on the recovery team for this species. After the demise of the TNHP I worked briefly for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (“PEER”) as a staff scientist (for their Texas chapter) and writer for their website (www.txpeer.org/Bush/index.html). In 1995, I shifted to the blood pressure-lowering-world of Austin Community College. I now teach biology at Huston-Tillotson University (Austin). I have been interested in birds of prey and other animals since early elementary school and an active falconer since 1972. I am also a fast pitch softball fanatic who currently pitches for the Boise F.O.G. and Slumpbusters during our summers in Idaho. My wife Anne is a primatologist and mate selection expert who I met at UCLA. We have four children -- Julian, Emmaline, William and Isabel.

Assistant Professor, Huston-Tillotson University
Department of Natural Sciences and Math, 900 Chicon St.  Huston-Tillotson University
Austin,  Texas  78712  United States
Phone: 512-505-3172
Email: dpkeddy-hector@htu.edu

   Research Interests

Avian conservation biology, behavior (especially foraging behavior), physiological ecology and population biology.

Species of Interest: 
  • Golden-cheeked Warbler
  • Aplomado Falcon


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.       pdf

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.       pdf

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.       pdf

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.       pdf

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

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

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).

Keddy-Hector, D.P. 1986. Mexico Aplomado Falcon Survey Results. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Albuquerque.

Keddy-Hector, D.P. 1985. Northern Aplomado Falcon Status Report. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Albuquerque.

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

Keddy-Hector, D.P. 1984. Northern Aplomado Falcon Listing Package. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Albuquerque.

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

Hector, D.P. 1981. The habitat, diet, and foraging behavior of the Aplomado Falcon, Falco femoralis (Temminck). M.Sc. thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.

Hector, D.P. 1980. Our rare falcon of the desert grassland. Birding 12:92-102.

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.       pdf

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