April 24, 2015


bighorn team

Borderlands Research Institute graduate students (from left) are: Josh Cross, Thomas Janke, and Carlos "Lalo" Gonzalez-Gonzalez, pictured during a recent desert bighorn sheep capture.

A contingent of graduate students with the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) at Sul Ross State University, along with advisor and BRI director Dr. Louis Harveson, recently attended the 2015 Desert Bighorn Council Meeting in Borrego Spring, CA.

Students Thomas Janke, Granger; Josh Cross, Alpine; and Carlos “Lalo” Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Alpine, each made a presentation of their thesis research. Janke presented “International Cooperation Vital to Bighorn Restoration”; Cross discussed “Movements of Desert Bighorns Translocated to the Santiago Mountains”; and Gonzalez presented “Survival Assessment of Desert Bighorn Translocations in Texas.”

Gonzalez received the prestigious Hansen-Welles Memorial Scholarship ($8,500) to support his dissertation research project “Spatial, Temporal, and Demographic Characteristics of Desert Bighorn Sheep Populations in Texas” at the awards banquet.

The two-day conference marked the 53rd meeting of the Desert Bighorn Council, which is a group of dedicated biologists, managers, and educators dedicated to the conservation and management of desert bighorn sheep.