Whitney Gann

Whitney Gann, PhD
Research Scientist
Borderlands Research Institute
Sul Ross State University
PO Box C-21
Alpine, TX 79832
Office phone: (432) 837-8632
Fax: (432) 837-8099
Email: whitney.gann@sulross.edu


Dr. Whitney Gann is a research scientist with the Borderlands Research Institute. Her main focus is directed at the effective management and restoration of pronghorn to the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas.  Whitney’s research interests include outreach and extension, ecology and management of large mammals, plant-herbivore dynamics, and plant community and rangeland ecology.

Whitney received her PhD in Wildlife Science from the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She worked on the Comanche-Faith Deer Research Project which was designed to examine effects of feed and deer density on white-tailed deer productivity, population dynamics, and vegetation. Whitney’s dissertation examined the effects of the nutritional enhancement and deer density on vegetation dynamics in the thornscrub of South Texas.

She graduated in 2008 with a BS from Texas A&M University and received an MS in Biology from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas in 2010. Her research took place on the Bureau of Land Management’s property, Cross Bar Ranch, and examined the effects of three different prescribed fire frequencies on small mammal community dynamics. She also assisted with a bobcat trap-and-monitor project with the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration’s Pantex Plant, north of Amarillo. Whitney is a Certified Associate Wildlife Biologist and enjoys being an active member of The Wildlife Society at the national, state, and university levels.

Selected Publications

Priesmeyer, W. J, R. S. Matlack, and R. T. Kazmaier. 2014. Precipitation and Fire Impacts on Small Mammals in Shortgrass Prairie. The Prairie Naturalist 46:11–20.

Priesmeyer, W. J., T. E. Fulbright, E. D. Grahmann, D. G. Hewitt, C. A. DeYoung, and D. A. Draeger. 2012. Does Supplemental Feeding of Deer Degrade Vegetation? A Literature Review. Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 66:107–113.


rangePlant Community and Rangeland Ecology

wtdEcology and Managment of Large Mammals

dynamicsOutreach and Extension