Patricia Moody Harveson, PhD
James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation Chair
and Professor of Conservation Biology

Borderlands Research Institute
Sul Ross State University
PO Box C-16
Alpine, TX 79832
Office phone: (432) 837-8826
Fax: (432) 837-8822

Research Specialties

Carnivore Ecology
Big Game Ecology
Spatial Analysis/Landscape Ecology
Upland Gamebird Ecology
Population Modeling
Habitat Management


Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson is the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation Endowed Chair for Conservation Biology with the Borderlands Research Institute and a Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Management. Patricia is the advisor for the Conservation Biology Program and the Master of Ag in Natural Resource Conservation Program. She also serves as a faculty co-advisor for the Range and Wildlife Club. Her research interests are carnivore ecology, systems analysis and modeling, environmental policy, and landscape ecology.

Prior to her position at Sul Ross, Patricia was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Science Foundation Minority Fellowship Program. Patricia received her PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University where she was a Doctoral Fellow in the Hispanic Leadership Program in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Her dissertation research focused on the urban impacts of endangered Florida Key Deer. She received her MS in Range and Wildlife Management from Texas A&M University-Kingsville where she studied the use of GIS and soils in identifying ocelot habitat. She also received a BS in Biology from Tarleton State University.

Research Specialties

Carnivore Ecology
Nongame – Biodiversity
Spatial Analysis/Population Modeling

Courses Taught

NRM 2303 Principles of Conservation Biology
NRM 3304 Natural Resource Policy and Administration
NRM 4301 Human Dimensions in Natural Resource Management
NRM 4309 Wildlife Population Dynamics
NRM 4311 Advanced Topics in Conservation Biology
NRM 5302 Ecological Modeling
NRM 5306 GIS/GPS/Remote Sensing for Natural Resource Managers
NRM 5312 Biostatistical Analysis I
NRM 5313 Biostatistical Analysis II
NRM 5320 Environmental Law and Policy
NRM 5321 Wildlife and Society
NRM 5322 Sustainability
NRM 5323 Social Media and Outreach
NRM 5324 Conservation Biology
NRM 5329 Internship (MAg program)

Selected Publications

Falcone, J. H., P. M. Harveson, M. R. Mauldin, and R. D. Bradley. 2019. Taxonomic and conservation status of the Pecos River muskrat. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University, 359:1-16

Dennison, C. C., P. M. Harveson, and L. A. Harveson. 2016. Assessing habitat relationship of mountain lions and their prey in the Davis Mountains, Texas. Southwestern Naturalist 61:18-27.

Pohler, P. S., L. A. Harveson, and P. M. Harveson. 2014. Demographic characteristics of elk in the Glass Mountains, Texas. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38:466-472.

Harveson, P. M., L. A. Harveson, L. Hernandez, M. E. Tewes, N. J. Silvy, and M. T. Pittman. 2012. Characteristics of two mountain lion populations in Texas. Wildlife Biology 18:58-66.

Hernandez, L., P. M. Harveson, and L. A. Harveson. 2012. Habitat suitability map for mountain lions in Texas and northern Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 57:314-318.

Culver, M., C. Varas, P. M. Harveson, B. R. McKinney, and L. A. Harveson. 2009. Connecting wildlife habitats across the U.S.-Mexico border. Pages 83-99 in Laura Lopez-Hoffman, Emily D. McGovern, Robert G. Varady, Karl W. Flessa, editors. Conservation of Shared Environments: Learning from the United States and Mexico. University of Arizona Press.

Harveson, P. M., R. R. Lopez, B. Collier, and N. J. Silvy. 2007. Impacts of urbanization on Florida Key deer behavior and population dynamics. Journal of Biological Conservation 134:321-331.

Harveson, P. M., W. E. Grant, R. R. Lopez, N. J. Silvy, and P. A. Frank. 2006. The role of dispersal in the metapopulation dynamics of Florida Key deer. Ecological Modelling 195:393-401.

Harveson, P. M., R. R. Lopez, N. J. Silvy, and P. A. Frank. 2006. Comparison of survival estimates using age-specific mortality and radiotelemetry data for Florida Key deer. Southeastern Naturalist 5:149-156.

Harveson, P. M. 2005. Impacts of urbanization on endangered Florida Key deer. Dissertation, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

Lopez, R. R., P. M. Harveson, M. N. Peterson, N. J. Silvy, and P. A. Frank. 2005. Density effects on ranges of the endangered Florida Key deer. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33:343-348.

Harveson, P. M., R. R. Lopez, N. J. Silvy, and P. A. Frank. 2004. Source-sink dynamics of Florida Key deer on Big Pine Key, Florida. Journal of Wildlife Management 32:948-954.

Harveson, P. M., M. E. Tewes, G. Anderson, and L. Laack. 2004. Habitat use by ocelots in south Texas: implications for restoration. Wildlife Society Bulletin 68:909-915.

Harveson, L. A., P. M. Harveson, and R. B. Adams, editors. 2002. Proceedings of the Sixth Mountain Lion Workshop. Texas Parks and Wildlife Press, Austin, Texas.

Harveson, L. A., P. M. Harveson, and C. Richardson. 2002. Proceedings of the Trans-Pecos Wildlife Conference, 1-2 August, 2002. SRSU Print Shop, Alpine, Texas.

Harveson, L. A., P. M. Harveson, M. E. Tewes, J. H. Everitt, D. E. Escobar, and M. R. Davis. 1999. Using aerial videography and satellite imagery to identify riparian habitats in southern Texas. Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Workshop on Color Photography in Resource Assessment.

Thomas, J. K., J. S. Kodamanchaly, and P. M. Harveson. 1998. Toxic chemical wastes and the coincidence of carcinogenic mortality in Texas. Society and Natural Resources 11:845-865.

Thomas, J. K., and P. M. Harveson. 1997. Toxics release inventory: State of Texas. Technical Report 97-1. Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, College Station, Texas.

Harveson, P. M. 1996. Using GIS to analyze habitat selection by ocelot and bobcat populations in south Texas. Thesis, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas.