The theme of the 2017 plenary session is “Wildlife Conservation and Management on Private Lands” This session will feature researchers, managers, and landowners with expertise in the topic.
Activities ranging from paper and poster sessions, workshops and field trips will make the event informative and interesting. We are exploring a slightly different meeting format with our traditional Friday evening banquet, due to our continued membership growth. Stay tuned for more details, and be sure to mark your calendars and make plans to attend!Program Chair Tyler Campbell
We are excited to announce the following plenary speakers for our 2017 meeting!
An overflow hotel room block is available for the annual meeting at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk (150 East Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78205). Reservations can be made by calling toll-free, 866.842.0100, and asking for the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society group or you can visit: Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society . The group rate at the Valencia is valid until 1/26/2017.
Terry Anderson is the William A. Dunn Distinguished Senior Fellow and former President and Executive Director of PERC as well as the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He believes that market approaches can be both economically sound and environmentally sensitive. His research helped launch the idea of free market environmentalism and has prompted public debate over the proper role of government in managing natural resources. He is the co-chair of Hoover's Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force.
Anderson is the author or editor of thirty-seven books. Among these, Free Market Environmentalism, co-authored with Donald Leal, received the 1992 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award. A revised edition was published in 2001.
Anderson’s research, much of which has focused on Native American economies, recently resulted in a co-edited volume, Self-Determination: The Other Path for Native Americans (Stanford University Press, 2006). He has published widely in the popular press and professional journals, including the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Fly Fisherman, Journal of Law and Economics, and Economic Inquiry. During his career at Montana State University, Anderson received several outstanding teaching awards and is now professor emeritus of economics. He received his B.S. from the University of Montana and earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.
Anderson is an avid outdoorsman accomplished at big game hunting, bird shooting, fishing, skiing, and hiking.
| Reed F. Noss
Reed Noss is President of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science and Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches conservation biology, ecosystems of Florida, field ornithology, and history of ecology. He has a B.S. in Education from the University of Dayton, an M.S. in Ecology from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida. For most of his professional life he has worked in the southeastern United States, the Pacific Northwest, California, the Rocky Mountains, and several regions of Canada, with additional research projects in Latin America and other regions.
Dr. Noss has served as Editor-in-Chief of Conservation Biology and President of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He currently conducts research on vulnerability of species and ecosystems to sea-level rise; climate adaptation strategies; disturbance ecology; road ecology; ecosystem conservation; and changes in ecological processes and species assemblages along urban-rural-wildland gradients. He has nearly 300 publications, including seven books, and is rated as one of the 500 most highly cited authors in all fields. His latest book is Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation (Island Press, 2013). He is currently writing a book on disturbance ecology: Flames, Tempests, and Deluges: A Natural History of Disturbance.
Jonathan founded Siglo Group in 2006 to help clients integrate natural systems into land planning and design. He specializes in environmental assessment, regional analysis, conservation planning, mapping, and land use feasibility studies.
He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with an M.A. in Geography and the Environment and a B.A. in Biology. He is now on the faculty at the University of Texas School of Architecture, where he teaches graduate students to integrate geographic analysis into their research. One of his first professional jobs was with NASA. The experience changed his direction through the realization of how valuable and irreplaceable natural systems are here on this planet. Jonathan also worked at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Sequoia National Park. He served on the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan Advisory Task Force.
Outside of work, Jonathan can be found running around Lady Bird Lake or hiking the Hill Country with his sons and their dog.
James Oliver is the Chief Operating Officer with the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT) and as a lifelong rancher with more than 15 years of production ag lending experience, he brings a unique understanding to discussions regarding land—and succession.
“I got my start in production agriculture as a kid on our family’s South Texas cattle operation,” Oliver, who was reared in Pleasanton and holds a B.S. in agricultural economics from Texas A&M, said. “I’ve managed production ag loans from La Pryor, Texas to Golva, North Dakota.” “Because of my experience, I know that landowners have common issues—and the biggest one of these is passing their land intact to the next generation.”
Oliver, who has been running a diversified commercial cattle, sheep and goat operation on his wife’s family land in Crockett, Pecos, Val Verde and Kinney counties for the past decade, noted his family is facing the same challenges. “When you ranch, it’s easy to turn off and tune out,” Oliver said. “I recognized that I wanted to be part of the conversation—in the industry and in the legislature—about keeping land intact. TALT offers several tools that helps people create their own options.”
His multi-faceted experience on the range and in the boardroom makes him a natural facilitator.
“My boss at JP Morgan Chase told me, ‘You can make a cowboy an accountant, but you can’t make an accountant a cowboy,’” Oliver said. “I speak both cowboy and financier.”
Finding succession solutions is important because productive, open space land is important. “Productive, open space land is important because of our history,” Oliver said. “It’s important to the economy of our state whether it’s generating tax revenue at the county level or contributing to the balance of trade in the export market. And conserving land is a way to safeguard our natural resources like water. Frankly, wide open spaces are what makes Texas Texas.”
In addition to the Plenary session, the meeting will offer technical paper sessions, and an expanded poster presentation session for students (undergraduate or graduate) and wildlife professionals. Best poster presentation by an undergraduate and graduate will be awarded as in previous years. Papers/posters presenting the results of wildlife field investigations and analyses as well as topic reviews of interest to wildlife students and professionals in Texas are encouraged. Paper (oral) presentations should present results or outcomes and abstracts reporting preliminary or no data should be submitted as a poster. Only one poster will be judged per student presenter, though students may present more than 1 poster.
Abstracts should be submitted digitally via the abstract submission website at: http://tctws.tamu.edu/.
Please indicate your preference for presentation format (i.e., paper, poster, or no preference) and session (i.e., General Sessions, Clarence Cottam Award, or whether you would like to be included in the judging for the best poster presentation awards). Again, only one poster will be judged per student presenter, though students may present more than 1 poster. For those entering no preference, a decision will be made by the Program Committee and presenter notified via email. Any questions pertaining to abstract submission should be directed to Program Chair Tyler Campbell, 210.776.5059 or firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred).
Contributed papers will be scheduled at 15-minutes intervals to include time (2–3 minutes) for questions and comments. All presenters will be notified of the day, time, and location of their presentations, and provided with instructions on how to prepare for the sessions. Clarence Cottam Award presentations will be judged on topic originality, scientific procedures, quality of display, accuracy of conclusions, and response to question from judges. Full Clarence Cottam Award instructions can be found here.
Poster dimensions should be no larger than 4ft wide x 3 ft tall.
Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and follow The Journal of Wildlife Management format. Abstracts should be concise and include general problem statement, brief review of methods/experimental design, results, and management implications. For needed statistical significance statements, report P-values only (no need for exact statistical test results). Please follow formatting instructions on the abstract submission website.
Sample Abstract (please note not to use scientific names in title; use only in body of abstract)
LANDSCAPE EFFECTS ON GENE FLOW AND GENETIC STRUCTURE OF NORTHERN BOBWHITE IN TEXAS AND THE GREAT PLAINS
Katherine S. Miller, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Kingsville, TX, 78363, USA
Leonard A. Brennan, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Kingsville, TX, 78363, USA
Randy DeYoung, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Kingsville, TX, 78363, USA
Fidel Hernández, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Kingsville, TX, 78363, USA
X. Ben Wu, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 77843-2138, USA
Abstract: Northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) populations have declined due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Northern bobwhite have been considered poor dispersers, so biologists expect a moderate population structure and low genetic diversity in fragmented areas. Our goal was to determine how landscape affects the genetic structure of northern bobwhite in Texas and the Great Plains. We collected tissues from 641 northern bobwhites in 23 populations, and amplified 13 microsatellite loci. We determined population structure (FST) and genetic distance between populations (Dest). We used a land cover map (National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative) to develop a landscape resistance matrix. We compared Dest to geographic distance and resistance with Mantel and partial Mantel tests. Populations showed low levels of structure (FST = 0.025). We found moderate correlations to geographic distance (r = 0.542, P < 0.001) and landscape resistance (r = 0.416, P = 0.001). There was a significant correlation between Dest and geographic distance when we accounted for resistance (r = 0.388, P < 0.001), but no significant correlation between Dest and resistance when we accounted for geographic distance. A spatial principal component analysis for South Texas samples revealed a global structure. Low genetic structure and moderate genetic diversity may suggest that more northern bobwhite individuals are dispersing further than previously thought. Other possible explanations lie in the northern bobwhite’s fall covey shuffle, their boom-and-bust population cycle, and stochastic events. Habitat is an important factor for northern bobwhite; determining how habitat affects gene flow will help biologists to manage northern bobwhite.
A typical meeting will have about 500-600 attendees, 10-15 exhibitors, 90 presentations spread over 10 sessions, and 90 posters. A silent auction and raffle is run on Friday to raise money for the chapter. A 1 or 2 day training workshop is held prior to the meeting. There is always a Student Mixer Thursday night and Student Breakfast Friday morning where students may meet and network with professionals.