Wildlife Ecology

  deer collaring with heli

Dr. Susan M. Cooper

Associate Professor







Hunting and wildlife-watching in Texas is estimated to contribute $7 billion annually to the State economy (USFWS).  Production and utilization of wildlife is particularly important in rural communities.  Our research emphasizes improving the heath, productivity and sustainability of wildlife populations to enhance the competitiveness and prosperity of wildlife-based industries, while simultaneously ensuring conservation of our natural resources.  Projects are designed to provide greater understanding of the habitat requirements, resource selection, nutrition, distribution, interaction and health of wildlife in semi-arid ecosystems and to determine how wildlife responds to current land management practices and natural environmental change.


  • Comparative habitat selection of feral hogs and northern bobwhites in shrub-dominated rangeland.
  • Is chronic exposure to low levels of aflatoxins involved in the quail decline?
  • Habitat management to increase the productivity and survival of northern bobwhite quail. South Texas Covey Connection
  • Nocturnal hunting behavior of mammalian predators during quail nesting season. Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch.
  • Development of an improved aging technique and antler prediction capacity for white-tailed deer. South Texas Deer Group
  • Home range and habitat use of Dama gazelles in Southwest Texas. Second Ark.
  • Supplemental feeds for white-tailed deer – product testing, development and ecological effects. ADM Alliance Nutrition and Texas A&M AgriLife Research
  • Role of mammalian species as hosts for emerging diseases such as Chagas’ disease. Department of Defense
  • Molecular characterization of Trypanosoma spp. in cattle and white-tailed deer. Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine



Increase quantity and quality of wildlife in through provision of new tools for wildlife managers and identification of best habitat management practices in a changing environment.

Helping to prevent new and emergent diseases from impacting wildlife resources and affecting human and livestock health.

Promoting conservation of natural resources – from rainwater to wildlife.


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