March 27, 2015

BRI Alumni and Faculty Member Co-author Book Chapter on Desert Mule Deer

bookFormer Sul Ross State University graduate students Alfonso “Poncho” Ortega Sanchez, and Reagan Gage, and faculty member Dr. Louis Harveson recently co-authored a book chapter with Carlos Acala Galvan on desert mule deer. The chapter “Venado Bura” (or Mule Deer) appears in the book, “Ecologia y Manejo de Fauna Silvestre en Mexico” (Ecology and Management of Wildlife in Mexico), edited by Drs. Raul Valdez and J. Alfonso Ortega-S.

Because of their extensive experience with managing and researching desert mule deer, the authors were asked write the chapter. Both Gage and Ortega-Sanchez completed their Master of Science degrees at Sul Ross working for the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI). Ortega also finished his Ph.D. through Sul Ross and Texas A&M University as part of a cooperative doctoral program between the two universities.

Gage is presently working with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Rio Grande City and Ortega-Sanchez is the wildlife biologist with the East Wildlife Foundation in Kingsville. Harveson is a professor of Natural Resource Science at Sul Ross and serves as BRI director.

The book is written entirely in Spanish, but the authors are hoping the book will be printed in English soon as it has many implications for wildlife in the Big Bend region. This is the first book of its kind since A. Starker Leopold wrote the historic book “Wildlife in Mexico” in 1959. The book is available through BBA Publishing in Mexico.