Texas A&M University-Kingsville

King Ranch Institute For Ranch Management Hosts Lectureship On Location-Based Technologies

KINGSVILLE - May 01, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host a four-day lectureship on use of location technologies. The Richard Mifflin Kleberg Jr. Family Lectureship will be held Monday, May 19, through Thursday, May 22, on the topic of Practical Use of Location-Based Technologies (GIS/GPS) for Ranch Managers.

Eric Redeker, research scientist and director of the Wildlife Research Technologies Laboratory for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, will be the instructor of the lectureship, which will be held in the computer lab, room 141 of the Kleberg Ag Building. There is limited seating, so those interested should register as soon as possible by visiting the website at http://krirm.tamuk.edu or calling the institute at 361-593-5401.

The lectureship will provide an introduction to a wide range of location-based technologies that can be used to improve management decisions for modern ranching operations, said Dr. Barry Dunn, executive director of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management. The topics covered will range from Global Positioning Systems data collection to Geographic Information Systems mapping and analysis using both GoogleEarth and ESRI ArcGIS software.

“It is expected that those attending will have little or no prior experience using these cutting-edge technologies, but they will leave with a working knowledge of them,” said Dunn.

The cost of the lectureship is $300, which covers all materials, equipment, refreshments and lunches. This course qualifies as credit toward the Texas AgFinance Certificate in Advanced Ranch Management. The lectureship begins at 1 p.m. Monday, May 19, will be conducted all day Tuesday and Wednesday, May 20-21, and ends at noon Thursday, May 22.

About Eric Redeker

Redeker received his bachelor of science degree in forest science and his master’s degree in rangeland ecology and management, both from Texas A&M University in College Station. The emphasis of his graduate research was the effect of shrub encroachment on the amount of water made available to off-site uses.

He joined the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in 1998 and is responsible for the cutting-edge geo-spatial technologies facility. The goal of the facility is to educate and guide researchers, faculty and graduate students in the application of the technologies to their current and future research projects. In addition, he works with land managers in the use of these technologies to more effectively manage their range and wildlife resources.

Some of the technologies made available to researchers and private landowners through the Wildlife Research Technologies Lab, include Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, remote sensing, precision agriculture, radio telemetry, web page development, emerging technologies and high-speed PC workstations.

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