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Clubs/ Teams

Agricultural Resources Organization

For students with an interest in agronomy or range science.

Contact: Dr. Donald McGahan

Tarleton Turf Grass Society

This society is no longer accepting new turf grass majors.

Contact: Dr. Hennen Cummings

Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Contact: Dr. Jeff Breeden or Dr. Mathewson

Food Fanatics

Tarleton Food Fanatics is a organization on who's main focus is on food and the sustainable aspects of food. 

Contact: Paula McKeehan

Intercollegiate Plant Team

Contact: Dr. Roger Wittie

Student Research

Jordan Giese

I'm examining nest survival and ecology of white-tipped doves in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. White-tipped doves are an extremely elusive and understudied gamebird that can be found from Argentina north into the subtropical LRGV. We are currently using real-time, infrared camera systems to identify nest predators and capture parental behavior. We have located nests in both remnant woodland and citrus agriculture and are currently developing survival models. 

Emily Lansmon

Depletion of soil microbial communities has detrimental effects on the entire ecosystem.  Throughout Texas, mesquite trees (Prosopis glandulosa) and Texas wintergrass (Nassella leucotricha) have invaded and altered the production and diversity of native grasses. Why do they occur together? How are they changing the soil microbiome? 
My research focuses on the microbial community in the soil of each of these species, hoping to find a similar community structure so as to explain the mesquite-Texas wintergrass association.  
I collected soil samples from beneath mesquites (with and without wintergrass) and wintergrass (under and beyond the canopy), as well as other grasses for a comparison control. The samples will be subjected to 16S metagenomics analysis (DNA sequencing) to compare microbial community structures between the two species. 


Fall 2015 semester ends December 13,2015

Fall 2015 semester begins August 24,2015