Kenneth T. Wilkins, PhD

Kenneth T. Wilkins, PhD
Associate Dean for Sciences, Professor of Biology
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Associate Dean for Sciences,
Professor of Biology


  • Ph.D., Zoology, University of Florida, 1982
  • M.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, 1977
  • B.S., Biology, University of Texas at Arlington, 1974

Research Interests

  • Urban ecology of small mammals, especially bats
  • Effects of invasive species (King Ranch bluestem, red imported fire ants) on small mammals
  • Ecology of small mammals in native habitats, including effects of fire
  • Morphological adaptations for hearing in above - and below-ground small mammals


My faculty career at Baylor began in 1983 after completing doctoral studies at the University of Florida.  The primary courses I have taught are Comparative Chordate Anatomy, Mammalogy (both in Waco and at our Chapala Ecology Station in Mexico), and Natural History of the Vertebrates, with occasional forays into Vertebrate Paleontology and Biogeography. 

I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring the research of numerous undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral students in an array of ecological and morphological studies of small mammals (native rodents and bats).  We have published in several regional, national and international journals, including Journal of Mammalogy, Urban Ecosystems, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, American Midland Naturalist, Western North American Naturalist, Southwestern Naturalist, Acta Chiropterologica, and Mammalian Species.  Our work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Nature Conservancy. 

My administrative roles have included Graduate Program Director for Biology and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Graduate School (1998-2012). I currently serve as Associate Dean for Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences where I began full-time administrative work in 2012.  At this time, I’m not accepting students for research mentoring.  I wish you every success in your academic pursuits at Baylor! 

Department of Biology

B.207 Baylor Science Building
One Bear Place #97388
Waco, TX 76798-7388

(254) 710-2911