Dr. Bonnie Gulas-Wroblewski
Baccalaureate Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Bonnie Gulas-Wroblewski
PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University
Dr. Gulas-Wroblewski been a professional wildlife rehabilitator for 18 years, during which time she has rescued, provided specialized care for, and released a wide variety of amphibians, arthropods, birds, fish, and mammals, ranging from monarch butterflies to rough-toothed dolphins. Skunks are her passion, and she has specialized in the care of striped, American hog-nosed, and plains spotted skunks for the last 15 years. Dr. Gulas-Wroblewski founded and serve as executive director of a small 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation and education organization in rural Texas (Dove Key Ranch Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.) and has worked or volunteered for wildlife care facilities managed by federal agencies, local governments, and other nonprofits. In addition, she was a bird behavior researcher at Brookfield Zoo and an animal keeper at AZA-certified Cosley Zoo in Illinois. Dr. Gulas-Wroblewski has served on the board of directors for several animal rescue non-profits, including Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society from which she adopted her own happy herd of misfit mules and ponies and fostered a few ornery miniature horses.
Dr. Gulas-Wroblewski’s research is transdisciplinary and ranges across a diversity of topics from paleontology to avian phylogeny to enrichment in wildlife rehabilitation settings to molecular epidemiology to mayfly ecology. She received her bachelor’s degree in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University and completed a PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University, studying skunk disease ecology and One Health (the connections between environmental, wildlife, domestic animal, and human health). Concurrently, she completed a graduate certificate in Applied Biodiversity Science and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from The Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University. Dr. Gulas-Wroblewski is also an active member of the Eastern Spotted Skunk Cooperative Study Group and contributed to the most recent conservation plan for these species.
She just concluded two years as an Assistant Research Scientist at Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, partnering with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct Species Status Assessments that are used as the scientific basis for making listing and recovery decisions under the Endangered Species Act. Dr. Gulas-Wroblewski’s other role within the Institute was as liaison to the U.S. Geological Survey’s South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, supporting research collaborations between the two agencies that serve to integrate climate science into on-the-ground natural resource management