Members of Dr. Jessica Light’s lab (Lacie LaMonica, Sarah Ardry, Stephen Fowler, and Sandy Martinez) traveled to Kinney, Dimmit, and Webb Counties during the summer of 2019 in search of the elusive Nelson’s pocket mouse (Chaetodipus nelsoni). This species is believed to be distributed in southwest Texas; however, there are no recent records to document the presence of the Nelson’s pocket mouse in this part of Texas. The goal of this work was to see if the Nelson’s pocket mouse (and its preferred rocky habitats) is still present in southwest Texas. Over the course of the summer, the field team took three separate trips and set out a total of 4,470 small mammal traps. Although the field team did not catch any specimens of the Nelson’s pocket mouse, they caught some awesome sunrises, sunsets, and a variety of other rodent species. The team trapped a total of 322 rodents representing 9 different species for an overall trapping success of 7.2%. Not too shabby! All specimens were healthy, active, and released. This research is funded by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Dr. Maureen Frank was quoted in CNN article on May 29, Flooding can increase run-ins with snakes, rats and other critters. Here’s what to do if you encounter them.
Drs. Nova Silvy and Brian Pierce received a grant from Reversing the Quail Decline in Texas Initiative and the Upland Game Bird Stamp, a collaborative effort between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service to study the success and impacts of translocation on northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus). Read more.
Drs. Perry Barboza, Thomas Lacher, Jessica Light, and Mike Morrison labs were represented with multiple posters and presentations at the June 28 – July 2 American Society of Mammalogist Centennial Meeting in Washington DC.
Dr. Kevin Conway has a new paper describing a new genus with two new species of clingfishes from Australia.
Dr. Todd Sink’s article, Preparing for and Recovering from Hurricanes, Typhoons, Cyclones and Tropical Storms in Pond-based Fish Production, was in Aquaculture Magazine published by the World Aquaculture Society. The article shows many images of the ARTF in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. This article was adapted by Dr. Sink and his coauthors from the chapters written for the new USDA Hurricane Preparedness & Recovery Technical Manual and represents a collaboration between Texas A&M, LSU, and U. of Georgia.
Dr. Delbert Gatlin and two of his Ph.D. students, Clement de Cruz and Kequan Chen, were authors on a paper highlighted in an article by feednavigator.com on June 25, Algae meals may provide fishmeal, oil replacements for carnivorous fish.
Dr. Todd Sink addressed recent stories involving companion animal deaths linked to toxins in surface water to assuage fears and provide information to help the public protect themselves and their animals. AgriLife Today Facebook Video Texas A&M Today
Drs. Rose Wang and Bill Grant published a new book, Ecological Modeling, Vol. 31, 1st Ed.
Dr. Perry Barboza’s Ph.D. student, Bridgett Downs, had her reserach featured in the article, Moose Research Moose and Their Flying Antagonists, by Alaska Dept of Fish and Game.
Dr. Norman Dronen’s undergraduate research students, Sophia Sánchez and Kelsey Garner are listed as first authors on research articles.
Dr. Jessica Yorzinski’s undergraduate research student, Samantha Argubright, was listed as second author on Wind Increases Blinking Behavior in Great-Tailed Grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus).
Dr. Kevin Conway presented a plenary session on clingfish at the European Congress of Ichthyology in Lausanne, Switzerland on Sept 3, 2019.
The BRTC has an exhibit currently at the Reynolds Gallery (in the MSC) and features 3D visualizations of our fish specimens that is part of the National Science Foundation funded oVert project. There will be another exhibit featuring the Collection of Birds that will open one week from today in downtown Bryan at the SEAD gallery.