Texas A&M-Kingsville professor publishes latest book on wildlife management

KINGSVILLE - February 14, 2019

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Dr. J. Alfonso ‘Poncho’ Ortega-Santos, Professor and Research Scientist in the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and the Department of Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has recently published his latest work on wildlife management. His book, Wildlife Ecology and Management in Mexicowas published by Texas A&M University Press and is available now.

 

Ortega-Santos’ book is the English version that has been in development for three years, since the printing of the Spanish version of the book entitled: Ecologia y Manejo da Fauna Silvestre en Mexico by editors Raul Valdez and J. Alfonso Ortega-S.

 

"The English version has newly updated research information, and many more wildlife photos than the original Spanish book. The latest Spanish version has sold over 1000 copies, and we anticipate more sales for the English book, Wildlife Ecology and Management in Mexico,” Dr. Shad Nelson, Dean of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences said.

 

According to Ortega-Santos, a book relating to these topics was urgently needed.

 

“Since A. Starker Leopold’s Wildlife of Mexico which was published in 1959 and is now outdated and out of print, there have been no other books on this topic. Leopold’s book was based on field studies conducted in the 1940’s. Since then, there has been so much published research in wildlife management, and many changes in Mexican laws and policy have occurred at the state and federal level,” Ortega-Santos said.

 

The updated English version of the book features collaborations with over 40 authors from the U.S. and Mexico, with nearly every chapter in the book having at least one Mexican scientist as a co-author contributor.

 

Ortega-Santos says that having experts working together from both the U.S. and Mexico is necessary in order to include research information from both countries, as both share several ecosystems across the border all the way from California to Texas.

 

“Our book is especially important considering that wildlife management degrees do not exist in any Mexican university, therefore, this book should serve as an incentive for future education planning,” he added.

 

 

About Dr. Alfonso Ortega-Santos

 

Dr. J. Alfonso “Poncho” Ortega-Santos, received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He was appointed to the faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2001 and currently holds the rank of Professor and Research Scientist in the Department of Animal, Rangeland, and Wildlife Sciences and Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, respectively. Ortega teaches Range Ecology Methods, Range Improvements and Grazing Management and conducts research in Habitat Improvement, Grazing Management, and Cattle/Wildlife Interactions.