Welcome to my research website!  Feel free to explore and learn more about my research in ecology, conservation, wildlife ecology, biogeography, and statistics.  – Joe Veech, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  August 2018 – (1) Skyler Flaska recently defended his M.S. thesis project “Interspecific spacing between harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex barbatus) and red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) colonies along the invasion gradient in Texas”. Skyler has now enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Louisiana – Lafayette. (2) Jared Haney recently was awarded $1,800 from the Graduate College to support his thesis project “Observing the dynamics of range contraction by combining crowd-sourced data and road surveys: a study on the Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum).” (3) Three new M.S. students have joined the group this fall: Daniel Guerra, Nick Johns, and Joseph Plappert, and a new Ph.D. student Dawn Houston will be joining in January. (4) I will be on sabbatical in Bellingham, WA until the end of the year. I’m writing a book on habitat ecology. October 2018 – Former grad student, John Muller, recently had a paper on his thesis research accepted to Journal of Field Ornithology. John is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Oklahoma.


All of the photos below show various types of habitat that are home to various types of organisms. This is what fascinates me about Ecology – the way in which habitat variation supports species diversity across a landscape and affects where we find each species and at what abundance. First and foremost, species need habitat.

View of the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico

View of the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pedernales River in central Texas

Pedernales River in central Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coastal Plain in south Texas

Coastal Plain in south Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunes on South Padre Island

Dunes on South Padre Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farm near Naguabo, Puerto Rico

Farm near Naguabo, Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocky Mountains near Estes Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountains near Estes Park, Colorado