Dr. Louis A. Harveson, the founder and director of the Borderlands Research Institute, has been named the Associate Provost of Research and Development at Sul Ross State University.
Dr. Louis A. Harveson
“I‘ve been fortunate to spend the last 24 years of my professional career at Sul Ross State University, and I’m humbled to be asked to take on the duties of Associate Provost of Research and Development,” said Harveson. “Research is fundamental to what defines a university. It’s a place for scientific exploration and inquiry. This is especially true in the STEM fields, and I’m thrilled to take on this new role.”
In addition to leading BRI, for which he holds the Dan Allen Hughes, Jr. Endowed Directorship, Harveson has been on the faculty of SRSU since 1998. His research has focused on the ecology and management of large mammals, upland gamebirds and predators in the borderlands of Texas-Mexico, including the Gulf Coast Prairies, South Texas Brush Country and the Trans-Pecos Mountains and Basins, while advocating for the conservation of natural resources on private lands.
Harveson received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science in Range and Wildlife Management from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He received his doctorate in Wildlife Science from the Joint PhD program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas A&M University. He has mentored 68 graduate and doctoral students while securing more than $25 million in grants and gifts, and published more than 75 manuscripts and over 50 popular articles.
The Associate Provost of Research and Development provides general oversight of the university’s research directors at BRI, the Center for Big Bend Studies and the Rio Grande Research Center on SRSU campuses.
The position promotes facilitates, and supports research, education, scholarly work, creative service, outreach activities and external funding relevant to the research centers and institutes at SRSU.
“I think you’d be surprised to see how many papers and books are published by our faculty. From a research standpoint, Sul Ross faculty absolutely fight above their weight class,” said Harveson. “I’m excited to work closer with my colleagues across SRSU to help coordinate and grow research initiatives in the fields of natural resources, archeology, geology and biology.”
Harveson serves on numerous regional and statewide conservation committees and as Second Vice-President of Programs for Texas Wildlife Association. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and an active member of the Wildlife Society at the national state, and university levels.
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