Category: What’s New



By the time Cullom Simpson was in middle school he knew exactly what he wanted to do when he grew up. “When I first met him, he was just a kid,” recalled retired Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologist Rufus Stephens. “I had never met somebody at that age ... Read More
May 20, 2021Stacey Dewald
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At the end of April, Borderlands Undergraduate Mentorship Program (BUMP) students gave presentations about the projects they have been working on this past year. The purpose of BUMP is to better retain and prepare undergraduate students for serving in the natural resource and agriculture industries. This program is supported by ... Read More
May 13, 2021Stacey Dewald
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Lights Out, Texas!

The Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) at Sul Ross State University and the Big Bend Conservation Alliance are teaming up to spread the word in the Big Bend region about Lights Out Texas. Lights Out Texas is a state-wide initiative that asks Texans to turn out or dim non-essential lights to ... Read More
March 29, 2021Stacey Dewald


Josh Coward grew up in the small central Texas town of Harper, near Fredericksburg. His upbringing was a little more unusual than that of his Hill Country neighbors...
March 23, 2021Stacey Dewald
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West Texas landowners and residents are encouraged to lend a hand in conserving the birds of the Trans-Pecos. A new publication Water for Wild Birds: Tools for Arid Landscapes is now available to help folks who enjoy seeing birds provide the resources they need so birds can thrive in the ... Read More
March 1, 2021Stacey Dewald


Growing up in a little town in Michigan north of Detroit, Emily Card knew from a young age that she wanted a career working with animals. “Every summer we went to our family cabin and I would run around the woods with my little sister,” she said. “We loved watching ... Read More
January 25, 2021Stacey Dewald
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The Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) at Sul Ross State University has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas (100K) Innovation Fund. The grant will facilitate an enhanced partnership between the Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University and the Facultad de Zootecnia y ... Read More
December 14, 2020Stacey Dewald


The Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) at Sul Ross State University launched a new series of outreach events this year to connect people with birds. The Borderlands Birding Bonanza field trips attracted birders of all skill levels from all over Texas. A recent field trip took place near Marfa at the ... Read More
November 30, 2020Stacey Dewald
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Populations of quails in Texas have declined over the past few decades due primarily to habitat loss. However, the role that parasites may play in such declines has been largely dismissed. To help address this, we collected scaled quail (Callipepla squamata), Gambel’s quail (Callipepla gambellii), and Montezuma quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae) ... Read More
November 9, 2020Stacey Dewald


Trey Johnson has learned how to roll with the punches. Halfway through his bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M, he realized he didn’t want to become a veterinarian anymore. After a visit with a guidance counselor, he pivoted to a Wildlife and Fisheries Science degree and quickly realized he had found ... Read More
November 9, 2020Stacey Dewald