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Gael Sanchez

Gael Sanchez

Gael Sanchez

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Year Received: 2018

Graduate Assistant/Wildlife Science

Landscape Genetic Analysis of Mule Deer to Guide Management for Chronic Wasting Disease in Texas

Gael Sanchez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and
received a degree in Conservation Ecology from New Mexico State University. After 2 years of seasonal
technician jobs around the country, she began a graduate degree in Wildlife Science at Texas A&M
University-Kingsville. Her project uses genetics to research the potential spread of Chronic Wasting
Disease in mule deer throughout west Texas and mutations in the prion protein gene. Gael has always
had a passion for hunting and was able to harvest both a javelina and a white-tailed deer in the past
year. Thanks to the Dan L. Duncan Scholarship, she is able to pursue a career in wildlife that will enable
her to support conservation in both her job and her pastimes.

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