Louis Harveson

Louis A. Harveson, PhD
Dan Allen Hughes, Jr. Endowed Director
Borderlands Research Institute
Sul Ross State University
PO Box C-21
Alpine, TX 79832
Office phone: (432) 837-8225
Fax: (432) 837-8822
Email: harveson@sulross.edu


pronghornBig Game Ecology

montezuma quailUpland Gamebird Ecology

mule deerHabitat Management


Dr. Louis A. Harveson is the founder and director of the Borderlands Research Institute and holds the Dan Allen Hughes, Jr., Endowed Directorship.  Since 1998, Dr. Harveson has served as a faculty member at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas where his research program has focused on the ecology and management of large mammals, upland gamebirds, and predators.  Harveson’s research efforts have focused on the borderlands of Texas-Mexico including Gulf Coast Prairies, South Texas Brush Country, and the Trans-Pecos Mountains and Basins.  An underlying theme to Harveson’s research has been on conservation of natural resources on private lands. 

Harveson received a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Texas Tech University, his M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management from Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he worked with northern bobwhites, and received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Science from the Joint Ph. D. program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas A&M University where he studied mountain lions in south Texas. 

Harveson serves on numerous regional and statewide conservation committees and presently serves as Second Vice-President of Programs for Texas Wildlife Association.  Harveson is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and an active member of The Wildlife Society at the national, state, and university level.

Courses Taught

NRM 4408  Big Game Management
NRM 5305  Range and Wildlife Research Methods

Selected Publications

Harveson, L. A., P. Dickerson, A. James, R. Gage, J. Arrendondo, S. Gray, A. Scoggin, A. Stolte, and J. Wagner. 2016. Woody plants of the Big Bend and Trans-Pecos: A field guide to common browse for wildlife. Texas A&M University Press.

Dennison, C. C., P. M. Harveson, and L. A. Harveson. 2016. Assessing habitat relationship of mountain lions and their prey in the Davis Mountains, Texas. Southwestern Naturalist 61:18-27.

Pohler, P. S., L. A. Harveson, and P. M. Harveson. 2014. Demographic characteristics of elk in the Glass Mountains, Texas. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38:466-472.

Harveson, P. M., L. A. Harveson, L. Hernandez, M. E. Tewes, N. J. Silvy, and M. T. Pittman. 2012. Characteristics of two mountain lion populations in Texas. Wildlife Biology 18:58-66.

Hernandez, L., P. M. Harveson, and L. A. Harveson. 2012. Habitat suitability map for mountain lions in Texas and northern Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 57:314-318.

Perlicheck, K. B., L. A. Harveson, B. J. Warnock, and B. Tarrant. 2009. Habitat characteristics of winter roost sites for wild turkey in Trans-Pecos, Texas. Southwestern Naturalist 54:446-452.

Culver, M., C. Varas, P. M. Harveson, B. R. McKinney, and L. A. Harveson. Connecting wildlife habitats across the U.S.-Mexico border. Pages 83-99 in Lopez-Hoffman, L., E. D. McGovern, R. G. Varaday, and L. W. Flessa, editors. Conservation of shared environments: Learning from the United States and Mexico. University of Arizona Press.

Locke, S. L., M. W. Cook, L. A. Harveson, D. S. Davis, R. R. Lopez, N. J. Silvy, and M. A. Fraker. 2007. Effectiveness of SpayVac™ for reducing white-tailed deer fertility. Journal of Wildlife Disease 43:726-730.

Adkins, R. N., and L. A. Harveson. 2007. Demographic and spatial characteristics of feral hogs in the Chihuahuan Desert, Texas. Human-Wildlife Conflicts 1:152-160.

Collins, III, D. P., L. A. Harveson, and D. C. Ruthven, III. 2007. Food habits of the American badger (Taxidea taxus) in southern Texas. Texas Journal of Agriculture and Natural Resources 20: 28-31.

Simpson, D. C., L. A. Harveson, C. E. Brewer, R. E. Walser, and A. R. Sides. 2007. Influence of precipitation on pronghorn demography in Texas. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:906-910.

Brewer, C. E., and L. A. Harveson. 2007. Diets of bighorn sheep in the Chihuahuan Desert. Southwestern Naturalist 52:97-103.

Harveson, L. A. 2007. Quails of the Trans-Pecos. Pages 202-216 in L. A. Brennan, editor. Texas quails: ecology and management. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas.   

Harveson, L. A., T. H. Allen, F. Hernandez, D. A. Holdermann, J. M. Mueller, and M. S. Whitley. 2007. Montezuma quail ecology and life history. Pages 23-39 in L. A. Brennan, editor. Texas quails: ecology and management. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas. 

Adkins, R. N., and L. A. Harveson. 2006. Summer diets of feral hogs in the Davis Mountains, Texas. Southwestern Naturalist 51:578-580.

Hernandez, S., S. L. Locke, M. W. Cook, L. A. Harveson, D. S. Davis, R. R. Lopez, N. J. Silvy, and M. A. Fraker. 2006. Effects of SpayVac™ on urban female white-tailed deer movements. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34:1430-1434.

Latch, E. K., L. A. Harveson, J. S. King, M. D. Hobson, and O. E. Rhodes, Jr. 2006. Assessing hybridization in wildlife populations using molecular markers: a case study of the wild turkey. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:485-492.

Hernandez, F., L. A. Harveson, and C. E. Brewer. 2006. A comparison of trapping techniques for Montezuma quail. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34:1212-1215.

Hernandez, F., L. A. Harveson, F. Hernandez, and C. E. Brewer. 2006.Habitat characteristics of Montezuma quail foraging areas in west Texas. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34:846-860.

Ackerson, B. K., and L. A. Harveson. 2006. Characteristics of a ringtail population in west Texas. Texas Journal of Science 58:169-184.

McCleery, R. A., R. R. Lopez, L. A. Harveson, N. J. Silvy, and R. D. Slack. 2005. Integrating on-campus wildlife research projects into the wildlife curriculum. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33:802-809.

Locke, S. L., M. Cline, D. Wetzel, C. E. Brewer, M. T. Pittman, and L. A. Harveson. 2005. A web-based digital camera for monitoring remote wildlife. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33:761-765.

Locke, S. L., C. E. Brewer, and L. A. Harveson. 2005. Identifying landscapes for desert bighorn sheep translocations in Texas. Texas Journal of Science 57:25-34.

Mitchell, F. S., D. P. Onorato, E. C. Hellgren, J. R. Skiles, Jr., and L. A. Harveson. 2005. Wintering ecology of American black bears in a desert montane island. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33:164-171.

Harveson, L. A., F. S. Guthery, and E. C. Hellgren. 2004. Invertebrate consumption by breeding northern bobwhites and its relation to production. Southwestern Naturalist 49:472-477.

Locke, S. L., M. F. Hess, B. G. Mosley, M. W. Cook, S. Hernandez, I. Parker, L. A. Harveson, R. R. Lopez, and N. J. Silvy. 2004. Portable drive net for capturing urban white-tailed deer. Wildlife Society Bulletin 32:1093-1098.