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Kaitlyn Williams

Kaitlyn Williams

Kaitlyn Williams

Sul Ross State University

Year Received: 2018

M.S. Graduate Research Assistant in Range and Wildlife Management

Scaled Quail as Indicators of Grassland Ecosystem Health in the Chihuahuan Desert, Texas

My name is Kaitlyn Williams and I grew up west of Fort Worth in Aledo, Texas. I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016. While working as a technician for Project Puffin in Maine, and for Borderlands Research Institute in New Mexico, Idecided to further my education by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Range and Wildlife Management. I am currently a second year Graduate Research Assistant at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.
I work for Borderlands Research Institute, and my thesis project explores using scaled quail and other
grassland birds as indicators of grassland health in the Chihuahuan Desert. My study compares
abundance of quail, and abundance and diversity of other grassland birds between grazing regimes.
Additionally, I explore how shrub density across the landscape affects abundance of different
grassland bird species.

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