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Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences

Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to provide comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree programs that meet the academic and professional needs of the student in a diverse and ever changing natural resources field.

We place emphasis on strong student engagement in the learning process so that each attains personal fulfillment, success, and respect as a leader in their chosen profession, community, and state.

We strive to serve and support the student recognizing each as an individual with his or her own unique history, talents, and goals.

We hope you choose Tarleton to be your academic home.

News & Events

March 2014 - Graduate Assistants page: The GA's page is now up and running so please visit our new page when you get the chance.

January 2014 - Facebook Page: We are trying to build up the following for our new facebook page. Please like the page and tell your friends to do the same.

January 2014 - Department name change to Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences.

February 2013 - Students to compete in Texas Chapter of Wildlife Society Plant Identification in Houston, accompanied by graduate student coach Caitlyn Cooper.

November 2012 - Students compete in Regional Collegiate Soil Judging held at University of Oklahoma, accompanied by faculty advisor Dr. Donald McGahan.

October 2012 - Dr. Michael Wade publishes his textbook, Learning About Plants: A Quick Reference in Pictures (ISBN: 978-1-59871-550-7).

September 2012 - Dr. Donald McGahan recognized for work in statewide soil survey.

April 2012 - Dr. Donald McGahan and his graduate student Alan Deubler published "Efficacy of Soil Extracting Solutions for Assessing Potential Phosphorus Loss from a Dairy Waste Application Field Soil in North Central Texas." View online publication.

February 2011 Dr. Donald G. McGahan has been chosen to be an associate editor in the International Journal Soil Survey Horizons. Visit the magazine website or Facebook page!

November 2009 - International Journals Cover Photograph Features Professors work - Tarleton State University's Assistant Professor of Soil Science Dr. Donald G. McGahan published an article "Plant-Available Calcium Varies Widely in Soils on Serpentinite Landscapes" in the November-December issue of the Soil Science Society of America Journal and the article is featured on the cover.

October 2009 - Dr. Donald G. McGahan was invited to present at an international conference. Dr. McGahan's invited conference talk title was "A Review of Soil Salinity and Sodicity: Forage Soil Management Considerations" at the XVI International Meeting on Meat and Milk Production in Hot Climates Mexicali Baja California Mexico. 

June 2009 - Insects of Texas: A Practical Guide (W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History) was published by Dr. David Kattes. Order a Copy

August 2008 - Dr. Donald McGahan's article "Tectonic Inclusions in Serpentinite Landscapes Contribute Plant Nutrient Calcium" published in Soil Science Society of America Journal has been picked up by Science Daily.