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. February 2019 – Jared Haney successfully defended his thesis project, Using museum and citizen-science data to examine the range contraction of a threatened lizard species. Jared used data from VertNet and iNaturalist to show that the geographic range of the Texas horned lizard has been contracting from east to west.
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.