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Upcoming Events


East Foundation Three Minute Thesis Competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition. The 7th Annual East Foundation Three Minute Thesis competition will be held this year at the TWA Private Land Summit on July 11th, 2024. We hope to see you there!


Texas Wildlife Association Annual Convention

The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), our valued partner, celebrates 39 years of promoting effective habitat conservation and responsible hunting through private land stewardship at its annual convention, WildLife 2024, on July 11-14 in San Antonio.


The Wildlife Society Annual Conference

No matter your brand or mission, chances are you will find your audience at The Wildlife Society’s Annual Conference. They regularly have attendees from all 50 U.S. states, several Canadian provinces, sovereign tribes, and beyond. Their attendees are researchers, executives, technicians, professors, land managers, decision-makers, policy analysts, statisticians, students, and more.

Recent Posts


Nilgai Antelope Display No Signs of Infection Upon Experimental Challenge With a Virulent Babesia Bovis Strain

This study investigated the susceptibility of nilgai antelope to Babesia bovis infection, transmitted by Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) spp. Despite R. (B.) microplus infestation in South Texas, the role of nilgai in parasite transmission remains unclear. Nilgai were inoculated with B. bovis merozoites or sporozoites, alongside Bos taurus beef calves as controls. Monitoring included daily temperature and hematocrit checks, blood collection for PCR and ELISA diagnostics, and histological examination of cerebral tissue for infection evidence. Bovine calves were then sub-inoculated with blood from challenged nilgai and monitored for infection signs. Additionally, in vitro cultures examined parasite colonization of red blood cells from both nilgai and cattle.


Understanding the Ecological Tug of War: Disentangling Competition Between a Native and Domesticated Ungulate

Competition occurs through resource exploitation and direct interference between individuals/species. We used deer GPS data around an experimental cattle introduction to separate these mechanisms. Evaluating deer movement for 30 days before/after, too brief for resource impacts, we used home range size as a proxy for habitat quality degradation beyond forage loss from cattle interference competition.


Spring 2024 Newsletter

In this spring issue of our newsletter, read about the inauguration of the Tom Lea Trail Mobile Tour in Hebbronville, 10 years of Behind the Gates, our prescribed fire project on the El Sauz Ranch, and ocelot trapping efforts this year. 

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