For the past two years, BRI graduate student Price Rumbelow has been studying human-mountain lion conflict potential in Big Bend National Park, under the direction of his advisor, Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson. Trail monitors were used to measure human activity, and mountain lions were fitted with GPS monitoring collars in order to monitor thier movements.
The results of this study will provide park management with valuable information on how visitors are using the park, and when and where there is potential for mountian lion-human interactions. To learn more about our research on mountain lions in west Texas, visit our Mountain Lion Research Page.
Before moving to west Texas, BRI graduate student Rich Mrozinski had a career working in aerospace engineering with NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Now, as he begins a second career in Natural Resource Management, he is putting his statistics and programming skills to work on his thesis project. As part of the West Texas Mountain Lion Project, Rich is using spatial capture-recapture techniques to estimate mammalian population densities in the Davis Mountains.
The Borderlands Research Institute team is growing! We are currently seeking candidates for an Assistant Professor and Research Scientist 9 month tenure track position with an emphasis on desert grassland birds and transboundary conservation. Additionally, we are hiring for several graduate student Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant positions to begin in Fall 2016.
We are also seeking candidates for summer positions in our Undergraduate Research and Mentorship Program. View all of our available positions on our Employment Page--and check back often as we'll be adding more positions throughout the spring.