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Carolina Medina-Nava


Carolina Medina-Nava

Carolina Medina-Nava

Sul Ross State University

Year Received: 2018

Graduate Research Assistant/Natural Resource Management Graduate Program

Developing a soil water balance and reseeding techniques of native grasses in a grassland restoration area after being chemically treated with Tebuthiuron in the Chihuahuan Desert

My name is Carolina Medina-Nava and since I was a child I have developed a love for wildlife
and rangeland ecology by spending most of my time working on my parent’s cattle ranch. I am
currently working towards earning my Master of Science degree in Range and Wildlife
Management at Sul Ross State University through the Borderlands Research Institute and the
Sustainable Ranch Management program under Dr. Bonnie Warnock. The specific goal of my
research project is to evaluate if native grasses can be restored in an area treated with
Tebuthiuron by identifying and ameliorating recruitment limitations such as predation, soil
moisture, and temperature. The main objectives of this research project are: 1) measure the
effectiveness of different reseeding methods, and 2) create a baseline soil moisture and
temperature in different type of soils and vegetation in the Chihuahuan desert. I would one day
like to manage for (and persuade others to manage for) quality rangelands on private and/or
public properties by implementing a combination of proper hunting recommendations, habitat
management, and scientific research.

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