Agricultural Resources Organization
For students with an interest in agronomy or range science.
Contact: Dr. Donald McGahan
Tarleton Turf Grass Society
Contact: Dr. Hennen Cummings
Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society
For students interested in Entomology.
Contact: Dr. David Kattes
Intercollegiate Plant Team
Contact: Dr. Roger Wittie
Ms. Casey presented a paper titled Domesticating Native Herbaceous Legumes for the Great Plains, USA at the Bydgoszcz Poland IVth International Scientific Symposium of PhD Students and Students of Agricultural Colleges in September of 2013. Her M.S. thesis research focuses on testing the effects of different seedbed preparation methods on the weed mitigation and N performance of perennial legume living mulch in two types of cereal grass. Her committee includes Dr. James P. Muir, Dr. Barry Lambert, and Dr. David Kattes.
Mr. Fontenot presented a paper titled Determining the Effect of Terracing on Soil Health Using Microbial Bioindicators at the Bydgoszcz Poland IVth International Scientific Symposium of PhD Students and Students of Agricultural Colleges in September of 2013.
Ms. Blackmon was recently recognized by the Texas Section Society for Range Management as the outstanding senior from Tarleton State University. Tiana is completing degree requirements under a 4+1 accelerated BS to MS program. Her research examines the influence of insect herbivoryon condensed tannin concentration in native legumes. She is working under Drs. Barry Lambert and James Muir.
Thesis Title: Evaluation of the 20-year old Wildlife Conservation Camp: What are the long-term effects on campers?
Thesis Title: Fruit Bat Habitat Selection in a Reserve/Agriculture Matrix.
Thesis Title: Spatial and temporal distribution of Otobius megnini, and hard ticks (Ixodidae) at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.
Thesis Title: Habitat Selection in Black-shouldered Kites (Elanus caeruleus) in Agroecosystems of Swaziland.
Ms. Holcomb is examining the influence of condensed tannins in manures on the growth and development of Scarab beetles, specifically green June beetle (Cotinus nitida) and dung beetle (Orthophagus gazella). Green June beetles are a pest of various agricultural crops while the dung beetles are beneficial insects. Results of the study may suggest methods for the use of condensed tannins as a biocontrol agent.
Mr. Rosario is examining the development, yield, and nutritional quality of 35 rescuegrass (Bromus cartharticus) ecotypes collected from across Texas. Additionally, his work will compare Texas ecotypes to rescue grasses from South America. Results of his work may produce recommendations for the use of rescue grass as a forage type as well as determine the degree of genetic divergence of naturalized ecotypes from the original parent lines.
Mr. Cole is conducting a botanical inventory of parklands managed by the City of Mansfield. Jake's work will focus on a parkland corridor recently acquired by the city that will become a nature and outreach education facility. While completing the inventory, Jake will describe transitional boundaries influencing the distribution of plant materials on the property.