GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

Graduate students serve as the “lifeblood” of the research program at the Borderlands Research Institute. With their faculty mentor, graduate students collect and analyze data to help answer research questions posed by natural resource managers and land stewards.

Educational opportunities not only come in the more traditional settings of classrooms and lecture halls, but some of the most effective settings for teaching occur behind a windshield, under a shade tree, or on the side of a mountain. The dialogues and discussions that emerge in these outdoor learning environments will long be remembered by our students.

The Chihuahuan Desert Borderlands offer some of the most scenic outdoor classrooms available worldwide. From monitoring hummingbird nests and migration routes to assessing rangeland health, our students receive a wealth of opportunities working first hand with the natural resources.

M.S. thesis

Project: Seed-bank and invertebrate potential of arid southwestern wetland impoundments

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan O’Shaughnessy

M.S. thesis

Project: Desert mule deer translocation and restoration efforts in the Trans-Pecos

Advisor:
Dr. Louis A. Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Spatial ecology and habitat selection of Montezuma Quail in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: Effects of SENDERO® on mesquite and scaled quail habitat use

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: Evaluating sympatric relationships between desert bighorn sheep and aoudad

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan O’Shaughnessy

M.S. thesis

Project: Diets of scaled quail in Trans-Pecos Texas

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: Effects of weather conditions on a scaled quail population during the nesting season in the Trans-Pecos region

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

Ph.D

Project: Spatial, temporal, and demographic characteristics of desert bighorn sheep in west Texas

Advisors:
Dr. Louis Harveson and Dr. Roel Lopez (Texas A&M University)

M.S. thesis

Project: Population biology, habitat description and delineation of Palmer’s False Hymenoxys (Plateilema palmeri) in the Trans-Pecos, Texas

Advisor:
Dr. Bonnie Warnock

M.S. thesis

Project: Influence of agriculture on mule deer in the Texas Panhandle

Advisor:
Dr. Louis Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Comparative ecology of Gambel’s and scaled quail

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: Estimating mammalian predator and prey population densities in the Davis Mountains, Texas, using spatial capture-recapture techniques

Advisor:
Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Ecology of Montezuma quail in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: Habitat relationships of grassland birds in the Chihuahuan Desert

Advisor:
Dr. Louis Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Using quail and grassland birds as indicators of Chihuahuan Desert grassland ecosystem health

Advisors:
Dr. Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: Influence of prairie dog colonies on vegetation and cattle movement in the Marathon Basin

Advisors:
Dr. Whitney Gann and Dr. Louis Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Ecosystem services provided by mountain lion predation in the Davis Mountains

Advisor:
Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Post-release survival and movements of captive-reared white-tailed deer following liberation

Advisor:
Dr. Louis A. Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Using quail and grassland birds as indicators of Chihuahuan Desert grassland ecosystem health

Advisors:
Dr. Ryan Luna and Dr. Ryan O’Shaughnessy

Interested in joining our team? Visit the Sul Ross graduate admissions page for information on applying to our graduate program.