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: Overwinter habitat use of Baird’s and grasshopper’s sparrows in the Marfa Grasslands, Texas

Advisor:
Dr. Mieke Titulaer

M.S. thesis

Project: Assessing prevalence of eyeworm infestations in scaled quail throughout the Trans-Pecos region of Texas

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

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: Desert mule deer translocation and restoration efforts in the Trans-Pecos

Advisor:
Dr. Louis A. Harveson

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: Estimating mountain lion density using spatial capture-recapture techniques

Advisor:
Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson

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: Movements, survival, and habitat use of desert bighorn sheep in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, Texas

Advisor:
Dr. Louis A. Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Evaluating sympatric relationships between desert bighorn sheep and aoudad

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan O’Shaughnessy

M.S. thesis

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

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan O’Shaughnessy

M.S. thesis

Project: Modeling occupancy and potential distribution of kit fox in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas

Advisor:
Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Comparative ecology of Gambel’s and scaled quail

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Luna

M.S. thesis

Project: A carrying capacity estimate and grazing regime analysis based on pronghorn preferred forage in The Trans-Pecos, Texas

Advisor:
Dr. Louis A. Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Ecohydrology and its Effects on Reseeding Techniques in The Green Valley, Brewster County, Texas

Advisor:
Dr. Bonnie Warnock

M.S. thesis

Project: Movement and habitat use of translocated pronghorn in the Trans-Pecos, Texas

Advisor:
Dr. Louis A. Harveson

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

M.S. thesis

Project: Ecosystem services provided by mountain lion predation in the Davis Mountains

Advisor:
Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson

M.S. thesis

Project: Black-tailed prairie dog restoration via translocation in the Trans-Pecos ecoregion

Advisor:
Dr. Bonnie Warnock

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.