Join Dr. Thomas J. DeWitt as he discusses “Correcting the Scaling of Spatial Autocorrelation and a New Method to Tackle Big Data” at the March 22nd Geosat seminar.
Archives for March 2018
COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Master Naturalist program was recently honored by the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society with its Outstanding Achievement Award.
The award was presented during the recent Texas chapter’s annual conference for the program’s impacts on the conservation industry throughout the program’s 20-year history, according to a news release distributed by the society.
The program, led by Michelle Haggerty, Texas Master Naturalist program state coordinator at Kerrville, and Mary Pearl Meuth, assistant coordinator, College Station, is designed to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the state of Texas.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsor the program, which is supported by an extensive network of experts from both agencies. Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society stated the program teaches advanced training and also supports the outreach and stewardship projects of its more than 11,000 volunteers.
Dr. Neal Wilkins, past president of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society and current executive director of the East Foundation, presented the award commenting, “The Texas Master Naturalist program has been an unbelievable asset to this state. Volunteers for the program are committed. They are the heart and soul of what really goes on out on the landscape.”
The Texas Master Naturalist program was also honored as it “brings skilled volunteers together and works with communities and organizations across the state to implement youth outreach programs, operate parks, nature centers and natural areas, and provides leadership in local natural resource conservation efforts,” Wilkins said during the presentation, according to the release.
The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society was established in 1965 and represents the state’s interest in involving resource professionals and stimulating involvement by all concerned individuals in science-based conservation practices.
The Texas A&M Chapter of the Wildlife Society BBQ and Annual Department Awards will be held Saturday, April 14th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Presale tickets are only $15 and can be purchased at the WFES building, room 150. Admission will include dinner, drinks, and a chance to win a prize! There will be a photo contest, raffles and a silent auction. See the attached flyer for more information.
We look forward to seeing you there!
After 33 years of service with WFSC, it is with great sadness that we share the passing of our great colleague and mentor, Dr. Clark Adams. He chaired the Conservation Education Committee for The Wildlife Society (TWS) and many committees for the Texas Chapter of TCWS, among his other outstanding services. Dr. Adams developed and taught the senior-level Urban Wildlife and Fisheries Management, and Ecology and Society courses and was senior author on two books, including a textbook on Urban Wildlife Management and Texas Rattlesnake Roundups.
Services will be Saturday, March 10th at 11:00 am at Faith Lutheran Church, 4010 Williams Dr., Georgetown, TX 78628.
Dr. Miguel Mora has a new publication out. Follow this link to read more about the wetland gain and losses.
Entwistle, C., Mora, M. A. and Knight, R. (2018), Estimating coastal wetland gain and losses in Galveston County and Cameron County, Texas, USA. Integr Environ Assess Manag, 14: 120–129. doi:10.1002/ieam.1973
There is a new publication by Dr. Thomas Lacher Jr. on the effects of habitat structure and landscape context on the brown-throated sloth.
Neam, K. D. and Lacher, T. E. (2018), Multi-scale effects of habitat structure and landscape context on a vertebrate with limited dispersal ability (the brown-throated sloth, Bradypus variegatus). Biotropica. doi:10.1111/btp.12540
Follow this link for Dr. Jessica Light’s new publication on mammal chewing louse.
Light, J.E., S.E. Harper, K.P. Johnson, J.D. Demastes, and T.A. Spradling. 2018. Development and characterization of 12 novel polymorphic microsatellite loci for the mammal chewing louse Geomydoecues ewingi (Insecta: Phthiraptera) and a comparison of next-generation sequencing approaches for use in parasitology. Journal of Parasitology 104: 89-95.
Dr. William Grant has a new article regarding certain impacts of fear-driven behaviors on lactating dolphins. Follow this link to read more.
Full article citation:
To feed or not to feed? Bioenergetic impacts of fear-driven behaviors in lactating dolphins. Ecol Evol. 2018;8:1384–1398. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3732, , , , .
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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Research named four Faculty Fellows during its awards ceremony Jan. 9 at the AgriLife Center on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.
Dr. Kirk Winemiller of College Station has been named Senior Faculty Fellow, while Dr. Amir Ibrahim and Dr. Rhonda Miller, also from College Station, and Dr. Qingwu Xue of Amarillo have been named Faculty Fellows.
The Faculty Fellow title become part of the individual’s title. AgriLife Research established the Faculty Fellows Program in 1998 to acknowledge and reward exceptional research faculty within the agency.
“These four outstanding researchers have exhibited great contributions to sustainability in agriculture, which are critical as our population increases rapidly both in the U.S. and worldwide,” said Dr. Craig Nessler, AgriLife Research director in College Station.
Winemiller is an AgriLife Research fisheries scientist and Regents Professor in the department of wildlife and fisheries sciences. His research focuses on fish populations and community ecology, life history strategies and food web ecology with emphasis on rivers, streams and estuaries. According to the nomination, Winemiller is one of the most highly cited researchers within the Texas A&M University System and is globally recognized for his research on the ecology of fish and aquatic ecosystems and applications of ecological science to fisheries management and conservation. He has received more than $19 million in research grants, and 15 of his research papers have been cited in literature more than 100 times, according to the nomination. His 1992 publication on fish life history strategies and population regulation has been cited more than 1,000 times, has inspired similar research of fishes globally, and continues to serve as a model for understanding functional traits in species assemblages with applications to management.
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COLLEGE STATION – The Ecological Society of America recently announced its 2018 Fellows and among them was Dr. Kirk Winemiller, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and Regents Professor in the department of wildlife and fisheries sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station.
Winemiller was among 28 Fellows and seven Early Career Fellows, and the only Texan to receive the honor, according to a news release distributed by the society.
“The society’s fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy (deals with teaching theory or practice), and management and policy,” the release said.
“Fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by the Ecological Society of America, including, but not restricted to, those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations and the broader society,” and are elected for life, according to the release.
Winemiller was elected for his outstanding research on rivers, estuaries and fish ecology and evolution, involving field sites throughout the Americas, Africa and Asia and for his advice to agencies on freshwater resource science and policy.
Winemiller earned his doctorate in zoology from the University of Texas, Austin, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees, also in zoology, from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He started his career with Texas A&M in 1992 as an assistant professor in the department of wildlife and fisheries, ultimately being named a full professor in 2002 and a Regents Professor in 2009.
He has earned many accolades during his tenure, among the more recent being named a Faculty Fellow by Texas A&M AgriLife Research; Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for International Impact, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M; Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, Association of Former Students, Texas A&M; Special Recognition in Fisheries Work and Outstanding Fisheries Research Award, Texas Chapter American Fisheries Society; and Bush Excellence Award for Faculty International Teaching, Texas A&M. In 2007 he was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The Ecological Society of America is a professional organization of ecological scientists that established its Fellows program in 2012 “with the goal of honoring its members and supporting their competitiveness and advancement to leadership positions in the society, at their institutions and in broader society,” the press release reported.
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