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.

Read about our students in our Student Spotlight posts.

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

Advisor:
Drs. Carlos Gonzalez and Justin French

M.S. thesis

Project: Comparing precision and scale-transferability of rangeland monitoring methods for grassland restoration in the Trans-Pecos, Texas

Advisor:
Drs. Carlos Gonzalez and Justin French

M.S. thesis

Project: Habitat selection, movement behavior and survival of scaled quail in the Trans-Pecos, Texas

Advisor:
Dr. Carlos Gonzalez

M.S. thesis

Project:

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: 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.