Dr. Roel Lopez is a 1993 graduate from SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, where he received his bachelor's degree in forest wildlife management. He later received his master's degree and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University at College Station. He is currently an associate professor of wildlife at Texas A&M University and the associate director of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, where his field of interest includes habitat management, population ecology, and military land management.
Dr. Lopez was first inspired to pursue the wildlife profession by his experiences as a boy scout and hunting with his family as a child. He followed his passion to SFA, where he says his academic training was critical in shaping his philosophy and work ethic. He now inspires his students to become responsible and dedicated wildlife professionals. His efforts have earned him nine teaching awards. Dr. Lopez also spends much of his time working with natural resource professionals and the general public, as well as providing distance learning to those serving in the armed forces.