Integrating geospatial technologies to monitor and manage invader species in rangelands

Event Date

February 6, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Program

Research Lecture Series

Program Information

Brown Bag Lectures
Dates: First Tuesday of each month
Time: 12 - 1pm
Location: BRIT Commons
Cost: Free, Open to the Public

BRIT Research Seminars
Date: Various dates throughout year
Time: 12 - 1pm 
Location: BRIT Commons
Cost: Free, Open to the Public
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Point of Contact

Alyssa B. Young

Research Manager and Special Collections Librarian

The explosion of geospatial technologies is providing new opportunities to explore and study rangelands at spatial and temporal scales that were not possible a few years ago. One area where these technologies are playing a fundamental role is in the monitoring of invader species and how they can potentially affect the distribution of cattle in pastures. The objective of this presentation is to provide a summary of multiple projects aimed at one common goal: the control of an invader species through management. We are integrating habitat management, fire ecology, and landscape ecology with geospatial technologies to better understand the effects of different management strategies to minimize the impact of tanglehead in South Texas pastures.  Prescribed fires are used to remove above-ground biomass and decadent growth creating palatable growth that can be consumed by cattle. Cattle are being used as a management tool, and are fitted with GPS collars (10-minute interval between locations) to assess their movement and habitat use. Unmanned aerial systems are being used to map prescribed burned areas and to quantify the changes in species and above-ground biomass resulting from the fire and pasture use by cattle. We are also using remote sensing to classify the spatial distribution of vegetation types and their temporal dynamics. All data and information are collected and integrated in a geographic information system and that are analyzed to generate new information on the spatial and temporal dynamics of tanglehead and its potential impact on pasture use by cattle.  

 

Humberto L. Perotto*,1
Chase Walther1
Karelys Labrador 1
Jose Mata1
J. Alfonso Ortega-S.1
Sandra Rideout-Hanzak1
David B. Wester1
Jinha Jung2
Junho Jeom2
Anjin Chang2

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife research Institute, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Kingsville, TX.
Department School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX.

 

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