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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. 


anthonyRyan Anthony, M.S. thesis
Project: Seed-bank and invertebrate potential of arid southwestern wetland impoundments
Advisor: Dr. Ryan O’Shaughnessy

 

boydPhilip Boyd, M.S. thesis
Project: Modeling translocated pronghorn population success in the Trans-Pecos, Texas
Advisor: Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson

 

campbellJ.C. Kiddo Campbell, M.S. thesis
Project: Desert mule deer translocation and restoration efforts in the Trans-Pecos
Advisor: Dr. Louis A. Harveson

 

corkKarlee Cork, M.S. thesis
Project: Spatial ecology and habitat selection of Montezuma Quail in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Luna


eddyJames Eddy, M.S. thesis

Project: Effects of SENDERO® on mesquite and scaled quail habitat use
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Luna

 

etchartJose Etchart, M.S. thesis
Project: Evaluating sympatric relationships between desert bighorn sheep and aoudad
Advisor: Dr. Ryan O'Shaughnessy

 

gallegosBrenda Gallegos, M.S. thesis
Project: Diets of scaled quail in Trans-Pecos Texas
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Luna

 

ortegaErnesto Garcia Ortega, 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


gonzalezCarlos Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 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)


higginbothamTy Higginbotham, M.S. thesis

Project: Pronghorn habitat selection using a resource selection function
Advisors: Dr. Whitney Gann and Dr. Louis Harveson

 

jacksonChris Jackson, 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


jankowiakRon Jankowiak, M.S. thesis

Project: Comparative ecology of Gambel’s and scaled quail
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Luna

 

lampmanJacob Lampman, M.S. thesis
Project: Influence of agriculture on mule deer in the Texas Panhandle
Advisor: Dr. Louis Harveson

 

lawrenceGrant Lawrence, M.S. thesis
Project: Development and Evaluation of Prototype Feral Pig Toxicants
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Luna

 

mronzinskiRichard Mrozinski, 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


oasterLiz Oaster, M.S. thesis

Project: Ecology of Montezuma quail in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Luna

 

perezDenis Perez, M.S. thesis
Project: Habitat relationships of grassland birds in the Chihuahuan Desert
Advisor: Dr. Louis Harveson

 

RumbelowDavid Rumbelow, M.S. thesis
Project: Human and puma: Use and interaction in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park
Advisor: Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson


sauerKatie Sauer, 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


simpsonCullom Simpson, 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


stanglMichael Stangl, M.S. thesis

Project: Ecosystem services provided by mountain lion predation in the Davis Mountains
Advisor: Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson

 

stevensSky Stevens, M.S. thesis
Project: Use of camera traps to determine mountain lion density and prey availability in Big Bend National Park
Advisor: Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson


tidwellDaniel Tidwell, M.S. thesis
Project: Post-release survival and movements of captive-reared white-tailed deer following liberation
Advisor: Dr. Louis A. Harveson


veronieClaire Veronie, M.S. thesis
Project: Assessing range and animal nutrition for pronghorn in Trans-Pecos, Texas
Advisor: Dr. Whitney Gann

 

williamsKaitlyn Williams, 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.