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Richard R. Schaefer

Wildlife Biologist
United States Department of Agriculture
Pacific Southwest Research Station
United States of America


Education: M.S. in Biology, 1996 Stephen F. Austin State University B.S. in Biology, 1989 Stephen F. Austin State University

Research Interest

Nesting and foraging habitat requirements of breeding and migrant American kestrels (Falco sparverius) in the West Gulf Coastal Plain. Prairie bird communities on isolated prairies on the Sam Houston National Forest. Green anole (Anolis carolinensis) abundance in relation to shrub characteristics in open pine forests in eastern Texas. Home range and habitat requirements of the Louisiana pine snake (Pituophis ruthveni). Home range and habitat requirements of timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) in eastern Texas. Life history studies of the Diana fritillary (Speyeria diana) and great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele) in the Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas. Effects of prescribed fire on butterfly populations in the Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas.


  • Rudolph, D. Craig; Plair, Dave E.; Jones, Dan; Williamson, J. Howard; Shackelford, Clifford E.; Schaefer, Richard R.; Pierce, Joshua B. 2014. Restoration and winter avian use of isolated prairies in eastern Texas.

  • Wagner, Robert O.; Pierce, Josh B.; Rudolph, D. Craig; Schaefer, Richard R.; Hightower, Dwayne A. 2014. Modeling Louisiana pine snake (Pituophis ruthveni) habitat use in relation to soils.

  • Schaefer, Richard R.; Fleet, Robert R.; Rudolph, D. Craig; Koerth, Nancy E. 2016. Relationships between green anoles (Anolis carolinensis) and shrub-level vegetation in fire-maintained longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) forests of eastern Texas.

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