Dr. Matlack joined the faculty in the Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences in July of 2002. He earned a B.S. in wildlife biology and a M.S. and Ph.D. in biology from Kansas State University.
Dr. Matlack teaches introductory biology, wildlife conservation, wildlife management, wildlife management techniques, natural history of vertebrates, animal behavior, ornithology, mammalogy and zoogeography. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Matlack is the adviser for students pursuing degrees in wildlife biology and co-advises the WTAMU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
Dr. Matlack's research focuses on population and community ecology of mammals. Current research projects include the development of a monitoring protocol for a colony of free-tailed bats roosting in an abandoned railroad tunnel, response of small mammals to frequency of fire in shortgrass prairie, ecology of the Palo Duro mouse and other small mammals in Palo Duro Canyon, ecology of bats in Palo Duro Canyon, and an examination of the extent of the range of the prairie vole in the Texas panhandle and eastern New Mexico.