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Kelly Redmond


Kelly Redmond

Kelly Redmond

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Year Received: 2018
Effects of plant-community structure and red imported fire ants on gamebirds in the coastal prairie of Texas

Precipitation and Management as Drivers of Northern Bobwhite Populations

I’m from Brookfield, WI and knew I was interested in ecology from an early age. After earning a degree
in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and moving around working different
wildlife jobs, I discovered my passion for game birds and management-based research. I am now
working on a master’s degree project looking at the effect of plant-community structure and fire ants on
bobwhites and Attwater’s prairie-chickens in the Texas coastal prairie. Specifically our objectives are to
1) determine the impact of red imported fire ant density on nest success, adult survival and brood
survival for bobwhites and Attwater’s, 2) determine the effectiveness of using an aerially applied
insecticide to reduce fire ant densities and how insecticide treatment effects individual bobwhites and
bobwhite densities, and 3) quantify the amounts of grass, forb, woody cover selected by bobwhites and
Attwater’s at the point-of-use scale. I am so grateful for the Dan L. Duncan scholarship which allows me
to continue my education and make a positive contribution to the wildlife field all while doing what I
love.

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