February 8, 2016


gannThe Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) is pleased to welcome the newest member of our research team, Dr. Whitney Gann. Dr. Gann is a post-doctoral research scientist, whose work with BRI will focus on the effective management of restoration of pronghorn to the Trans-Pecos region of west Texas. She is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, and comes to BRI with extensive experience in wildlife research, and professional interests that include outreach and extension, ecology and management of large mammals, plant-herbivore dynamics, and plant community and rangeland ecology.

Dr. Gann received her Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University, followed up by a Master’s Degree from West Texas A&M University where she researched the effects of three different prescribed fire frequencies on small mammal community dynamics. Dr. Gann then went on to receive her PhD in Wildlife Science from the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. For her PhD research, she examined the effects of nutritional enhancement and deer density on vegetation dynamics in the thornscrub of South Texas as a part of the Comanche-Faith Deer Research Project.

Dr. Gann’s experience also includes assisting with a bobcat trap-and-monitor research project, and she is an active member of The Wildlife Society at the national, state, and university levels. Since joining BRI in January, she quickly become involved with all aspects of BRI’s ongoing pronghorn research, including participating in a translocation effort which brought 112 pronghorn from the panhandle to the Marfa Plateau to help boost populations. Dr. Gann is sure to be an asset to the BRI research team.