University Profile Database

Dr. Frederick B. Stangl Jr.

  • Biology
    Professor Emeritus

    Office Location
    Bolin Hall 204
    Voice: (940) 397-4163
    Fax: (940) 397-4831
  •   Semester Course # Section Course Name Location Days / Times
  • Institution Degree Graduation Date
    Midwestern State University BS 1979
    Midwestern State University MS 1981
    Texas Tech University PhD 1984
  • Institution Position Start Date End Date
    U.S. Air Force Public affairs/military journalist 1969 1977
    Midwestern State University Professor of Biology 1984 present

    --genetics of congenital erythropoeitic porphyria in a population of Peromyscus;

    --description and geological provenance of a fossil Brazil nut from north Texas;

    --geographic variation and systematics of Texas Thomomys;

    --historical and current biogeography of two chromosomal races of Peromyscus;

    --Holocene (ca. 8,000 YBP to present)  mammals from a northern Nevada cave site;

    --fungal pelage pathogens in rodents.


    --Much of my published work (of 80+ papers, a monograph, and a book; CV available upon request) is collaborative, and has been a vehicle towards the productive involvement of students with biological research--both in the field and in the laboratory.  My studies typically deal with mammals (although one token paper each on birds and spiders).  More than 20 of these publications included undergraduates as coauthors, and about another dozen included graduate student coauthors on papers other than their thesis work.   These students have gone on to careers in medicine, dentistry, wildlife, genetics research, and teaching at the secondary-through-college levels. 

    --Examples of more recently concluded studies/publications with colleagues and students include: historical biogeography of the ocelot in north Texas, bone regeneration in a fossil armadillo, skeletal pathalogy of a west Texas black bear, status of the feral burro in Texas, histology of dorsal skin gland in the Texas kangaroo rat, DNA fingerprinting of red bat families, historical zoogeography of the prairie vole, geographic variation of antler development in Texas whitetails, molecular phylogeography of Texas gophers, history of Texas black bears, and ecology of a population of desert woodrats.


    American Society of Mammalogists, Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Western North American Naturalists, American Midland Naturalists, Texas Academy of Science, Texas Society of Mammalogists


    Beta Beta Beta biological honor society (1986)

    MSU Hardin Professor (1990)

    honorary inductee into Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society (1992)

    MSU Faculty Award (1993)

    MSU Mortar Board Professor of Year (1987, 1994, 1999)

    MSU Student Government Professor of Year (1993)

    MSU Alpha Chi Professor of Year (1995)

    Texas Academy of Science (Fellow, 1996; Outstanding Service Awards, 2001, 2009)

    Texas Society of Mammalogists, honorary membership (2014)

    and a few MSU departmental professor of the year awards.


    Curator of MSU Collection of Mammals (includes care, maintenance, and supervised growth of collection, presently numbering 23000+ specimens).  This collection ranks among the top 35 mammal collections in size among all North American institutions, and is accredited by the American Society of Mammalogists.  Growth of the collection continues through faculty research, graduate student projects, and field collection classes.  Notable material includes: third-largest collection of Texas mammals, first museum specimen since 1890s of an ocelot from the U.S., first and only series of tawny-bellied cotton rats from Texas, first and only specimens of California kangaroo rat from Nevada, and first specimen of pigmy mouse from Oklahoma. 

    MSU graduate faculty, with 29 supervised MS thesis topics completed

    Research associate, Texas Tech University Museum (1989 to present)

    Manuscript editor, Texas Journal of Science (1998-2001, 2006-2009)

    Adjunct graduate faculty, Texas Tech University Dept. of Biological Sciences (one MS committee, one PhD committee)