Dr. Lopez with FWS personnel and a curious deer. Photo by USFWS.
Led by Dr. Nova J. Silvy, Regents Professor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University and Dr. Roel R. Lopez, Director, Natural Resources Institute, Texas A&M University.
The Texas A&M University Key Deer Team is recognized both for its extraordinary efforts towards recovery of the endangered Key deer, and also its participation in the protective management of the Key deer during the New World screwworm incident. The team contributed to recovery of the Key deer population by providing a greater understanding of the species abundance, population dynamics, and viability. It also was largely responsible for translocation effort that re-established populations on Cudjoe and Sugarloaf Keys. This led to an expansion of the overall population that now includes most of the historical range of the Key deer, adding redundancy and increasing representation throughout the population.
Most recently the Texas A&M University team proved invaluable to the Service during the screwworm incident. The team made it their top priority to provide the Service with the necessary information and guidance needed to respond to the NWS incident. Their dedication and almost 70 years of combined experience have helped bring the Key deer population to its current improved status.