Dr. William Godwin's family has resided in Texas for six generations. He was graduated from Mineola High School (1987), Stephen F. Austin State University (BS Biology 1992) and Texas A&M University (PhD Entomology 2002). He has taught mammalogy, ecology biogeography, invertebrate zoology and environmental science at the university level since 2003. In two stints he has worked as a reporter/photographer for daily and weekly newspapers. In 2009 he worked permitting wetland mitigation banks. He has conducted endangered species surveys for Texas Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy. His taxonomic specialty is in the Insect Order Coleoptera, Family Scarabaeidae. This has led to an interest in the distribution of micro-habitats based on geological formations in Texas where endemic plants or insects may be discovered.  He has served as adjunct curator of entomology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and as Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. He is currently employed as Curator and Collections Manager at the Sam Houston State Natural History Collections in Huntsville, Texas where he manages collections of vertebrates, insects, the Warner Herbarium and Horace Burke Library of Natural History Exploration.


Mr. Eric Keith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1995. He has worked for more than twenty years as a natural resource manager and is recognized in Texas and the southeastern U.S. for his expertise in botany, with extensive knowledge of North American flora including taxonomic and ecological classification. He is frequently consulted by government agencies and others to provide plant identification, distributional data, and taxonomic clarification. He has conducted plant inventories and ecological classification on over 400,000 acres for Texas Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Department of Defense, City of Austin, Texas National Guard, and over a dozen large and small private landowners in Texas and the southeast. Eric also worked for three years in the Environmental Division of Fort Polk Military Installation in Louisiana as a wildlife biologist and botanist where he acquired hands-on experience managing endangered species, wetland delineation, prescribed burning, and regulatory compliance. Eric is a Project Manager at Raven and specializes in services that include inventory and assessment, plant taxonomy and ecological classification, vegetation monitoring, and regulatory compliance.




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