Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Wildlife Society Reels In Awards at Annual Conference

KINGSVILLE - April 06, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

Students named chapter of the year for sixth time

Students and faculty from Texas A&M University-Kingsville came home from the 44th annual Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society Conference as big winners. Students are range and wildlife science majors in the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences.

The A&M-Kingsville Wildlife Society was named Student Chapter of the Year. This is the sixth time since the inception of the award seven years ago the Kingsville students have won.

Ashleigh Green, a senior from Troup, was named Outstanding Undergraduate Student. She also placed first in the student individual category in the Range Plant Identification Contest. Eric Grahmann, a master’s student from Victoria, was first in the professional individual category. The Range Plant Team was second overall. Other team members are Travis Muckleroy, a sophomore from Jourdanton; Carlos Gonzalez, a sophomore from Mexico; Lauren Bales, a senior from San Antonio; Meagan Rudolph, a sophomore from San Antonio; Christine Sanchez, a senior from Del Rio; and Jorge Molina, a freshman from Mexico. All are range and wildlife science majors except for Bales, who is an animal science major.

A&M-Kingsville took first through third in the Undergraduate Poster contest and second and third in the Graduate Student Poster contest. Drew Garrison, a senior from Tulsa, placed first in the undergraduate division with his poster Assessing Lead Shot Ingestion in Green-winged Teal. Kandace London, a senior from Corpus Christi, was second with her poster Relationships among White-Tailed Deer Thermal Environment Measurements. Placing third was Carlos Gonzalez, a sophomore from Mexico, with his poster Herbicide Application to Control Wolfweed in South Texas.

In the graduate poster division, Cody Zabransky, a master’s student from Houston, placed second with his poster Developing an Aerial Sightability Model for Mule Deer in Western Texas. In third place was Erin Wehland, master’s student from Fairmont, Nebraska, with her poster Seasonal Survival of Western Gulf Coast Mottled Ducks.

A&M-Kingsville students also took second and third for the Clarence Cottam Award. Grahmann placed second with his presentation Do Increased White-Tailed Deer Densities and Supplemental Feeding Reduce Palatable Plants? Johanna Delgado, a doctoral student from Puerto Rico, was third with her presentation Landscape Genetics of Feral Pigs in Southern Texas.

Faculty members attending did not go home empty handed. Drs. William Kuvlesky, assistant dean and associate professor; Lenny Brennan, Endowed Chair for Quail Research; Bart Ballard, associate professor; and Fred Bryant, professor and Endowed Director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, received the Outstanding Scientific Article Award. Their article is entitled Wind Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities.

In addition, Ballard took over as the next president of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

At the conference, 133 presentations were made. Of those, 56, or 42 percent, were by A&M-Kingsville faculty and students. A&M-Kingsville is one of 10 universities in the state with a wildlife program.

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