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:  December 2018 – Former grad student, John Muller, has published his thesis research, “Landscape-scale habitat associations of Sprague’s Pipits wintering in the southern United States“, Journal of Field Ornithology 89:326-336. John is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Oklahoma. January 2019 –  Former grad student, Laura Bliss, had her thesis research, “GIS-based habitat mapping and population estimation for the Gulf Coast kangaroo rat (Dipodomys compactus) in the Carrizo Sands Region of Texas USA”, accepted for publication in Mammalian Biology. Laura is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.  …. as for me, I’m back from a sabbatical last fall and continuing work on my book, Habitat Ecology and Analysis, to be published by Oxford University Press.


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