Natural Resources

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Dr. Susan M. Cooper

Associate Professor

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s-cooper@tamu.edu

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

Texas has an abundance of Natural Resources, including a great diversity of plants and animals, many different landscapes and sources of water and energy. However, we must be careful to manage these resources wisely. Water is a critical but increasingly limited resource. We are investigating the use of rainwater and clean but non-potable “grey” water for landscaping, so that quality aquifer water can be saved for human use and stream flow can be maintained in the rivers. Use of natural resources, especially wildlife, is estimated to contribute $7 billion annually to the Texas State economy. We work to improve the heath, productivity and sustainability of wildlife populations in Texas. Our goal is to enhance the competitiveness and prosperity of wildlife-based industries, while simultaneously ensuring conservation of our natural resources. In addition, Texas provides a safe refuge to several endangered animals from other countries. We strive to help to determine the conservation requirements of these species so that one day they can be returned to their former habitats.

CURRENT PROJECTS

 

  • Grey water: Alternative irrigation water resources for landscaping. USDA
  • Home range and habitat use of Dama gazelles in Texas. Second Ark Foundation.
  • 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
  • Role of mammalian species as hosts for emerging diseases such as Chagas’ disease. Department of Defense

IMPACTS

National/Regional/State

Promoting conservation of natural resources by use of rainwater, greywater and native plants for landscaping.

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.

Aiding the international conservation effort to restore populations of endangered antelopes

 


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