GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

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.

M.S. thesis

Project: Survival, Habitat Characteristics, and Home Range of Translocated Rio Grande Wild Turkey in Southern Brewster County, Texas

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: Habitat preference, nesting habits & survival of scaled quail in the Permian Basin

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: Species distribution and co-occurrence of carnivores in Big Bend National Park

Advisor:
Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Assessment of the effects of woody plant removal on habitat characteristics and wintering grassland bird communities

Advisor:
Drs. Mieke Titulaer and Carlos Gonzalez

M.S. thesis

Project: Investigating primary forages, diet shifts associated with supplemental feed and vegetation associations with eyeworm infestations in scaled quail

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: Estimation of Grassland Bird Abundance on Managed Ranches in West Texas

Advisor:
Drs. Mieke Titulaer and Carlos Gonzalez

M.S. thesis

Project: Evaluation of soil erosion and changes in plant communities resulting from rooting behavior of invasive wild pigs in the Edwards Plateau ecoregion of Texas

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: Assess the effects of management prescriptions on knotgrass and its energetic
production value for migratory birds

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: Dietary overlap of aoudad, desert bighorn sheep, and mule deer in the Trans-Pecos Region, Texas

Advisor:
Drs. Carlos Gonzalez and Justin French

M.S. thesis

Project: Pronghorn Habitat Forage Quality and Quantity in the Trans-Pecos, Texas

Advisor:
Drs. Justin French and Carlos Gonzalez

M.S. thesis

Project: Modeling Pronghorn Behavior and Movement: Translocated Pronghorn vs. Resident Pronghorn

Advisor:
Drs. Carlos Gonzalez and Justin French

M.S. thesis

Project: Montezuma Quail Ecology & Population Modeling

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: Spatio-Temporal Dynamics, Habitat Use, and Survival of Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, and Aoudad

Advisor:
Drs. Carlos Gonzalez and Louis Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Estimating Economics of Agriculture, Hunting, and Tourism Industries in the Trans-Pecos Region

Advisor:
Drs. Stacey Dewald and Louis Harveson

Interested in joining our team? Visit the Sul Ross graduate admissions page for information on applying to our graduate program.