- 2017 TPWD Magazine – The Right Track.
- 2016 TPWD Magazine – The Other Foxes.
- 2015 TPWD Magazine – The Missing Muskrat of the Pecos.
- 2015 TPWD Magazine – Texas Kangaroo Rat.
- 2014 TPWD Magazine – Good News for Texas Bats.
- 2013 TPWD Magazine – Smartphone Apps for Naturalists.
- 2012-03 Eye on Nature – Mountain Lions in Texas.
- Animal Tracks and Scat of California. 2012. Lawrence Mark Elbroch, Michael Kresky, Jonah Evans.
- 2010-06 Marfa Public Radio Nature Notes – Tracking the Desert.
- 2009 – Determining Observer Reliability in Counts of River Otter Tracks. Journal of Wildlife Management.
- 2006 – Observer Error in Identifying Species Using Indirect Signs: Analysis of a River Otter Track Survey Technique. Master’s Thesis.
- 2017-08 Popular Science – Hurricane Harvey’s putting bats at risk—but help is on the way
- 2017-07 Texas Standard – How Texas is Fighting WNS
- 2017-07 Houston Chronicle – Pearland bat colony emerges for nighttime feeding
- 2017-07 TPWD Magazine – New in Town
- 2017-05 TPWD Magazine – Deadly Fungus Found in Bats
- 2017-04 LA Times – A deadly fungus that’s killed millions of bats in the Northeast has spread to Texas
- 2017-03 Washington Post – A merciless bat-killing fungus is on the move again. Now it’s in Texas.
- 2017-07 Dallas News – The mysterious mountain lion still roam, has it come to Dallas?
- 2016-11 TPWD Magazine – Recovery Plan Developed for Ocelots
- 2016-06 TPWD Magazine – The Big Stink (spotted skunk article)
- 2015-7 KRGV – Nutria, An Invasive Species
- 2014-10 TPWD Magazine – Bears without Borders
- 2013-10 NY Times – Cheat Sheets for Your Walk in the Woods
- 2013-04 TPWD Magazine – In The Field
- 2013-01 Livestock Weekly – Bear Sightings Up In Texas
- 2012-12 KUT – How Drought and Wildfire Could Bring Bears Back to Texas
- 2012-12 KUT – Black Bears Making a Comeback in Texas
- 2012-11 KSAT 12 News – Black bear sightings continue to increase in South Texas, Hill Country
- 2012-11 Sierra Magazine – Mixed Media/ Living With Wildlife
- 2012-06 Texas Co-op Power – I Track Wildlife
- 2011-12 Wild Ideas – Podcast Episode 141
- 2010-12 Parents magazine – 11 Fun Winter Activities for Kids
- 2010-06 Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center – Tracking the Desert
- 2006-06 TPWD Magazine – Otter Tracking by Ciel Evans
I am a biologist, wildlife tracker, and all around naturalist and nature enthusiast. I am currently the State Mammalogist for Texas Parks and Wildlife and live in Central Texas with my wife and two daughters.
In 2008, almost 10 years after I started down the path of learning animal track identification, I became a Track and Sign Evaluator for CyberTracker Conservation and have since traveled to all corners of the country to lead Tracker Certifications. While earning my Track and Sign Specialist certificate and becoming an evaluator with CyberTracker was a major achievement for me that took untold hours of practice, classes, travel, and hard work, it felt more like the beginning of a journey than a destination. As I learn more about nature and wildlife and my tracking skills continue to grow, I am increasingly humbled by how much more there is to know.
My passion for wildlife and the outdoors began as a kid. I grew up on a ranch in Central Texas that had been in the family for 7 generations and I spent many, many days camping, exploring, and discovering the ranch. My parents, also nature enthusiasts, started the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne, TX and by default, I was a volunteer at all nature center related events where I was surrounded by a community of naturalists.
I became interested backpacking, nature expeditions, and wilderness survival when I was 18 and trying to decide my next steps. Before long, I found myself at Prescott College (a small private college with a strong emphasis in experiential education and the outdoors) where I studied natural history, ecology, and environmental education. After graduating, Ciel (now my wife) and I worked for several environmental education companies around the country before realizing we wanted to delve deeper into wildlife research and biology. It was then that we signed up for a 9-month animal tracking apprenticeship with Mark Elbroch and Jon Young in California. This experience led to major growth in my tracking skills.
Ciel and I then started a Master’s program at Texas A&M University where we graduated with degrees in Wildlife Science in 2006. We worked with Mark Elbroch to test the animal tracking skills of Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists. This work eventually led to a publication in the Journal of Wildlife Management entitled: Determining Observer Reliability in Counts of River Otter Tracks. While the article is not freely available without a journal subscription, my thesis is available here. Ciel also wrote a fantastic article called: Are We Gathering Reliable Data? The Need for Measuring Observer Skill in Wildlife Monitoring.
In 2009, we moved to Alpine, Texas where I began work with Texas Parks and Wildlife as a Wildlife Diversity (Non-Game) Biologists. We lived in Alpine until January of 2014 when I began my position as Mammalogist for Texas Parks and Wildlife. As a professional wildlife biologist and researcher, I find animal tracking to be an incredibly valuable skill. I frequently give classes and presentations on animal tracking and its application in wildlife research.