Graduate Student Center Fellows

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019


Sandra Jean Berkshier

Bio: My name is Sandra Berkshier and I was born in San Antonio, TX. I was the kid that was always poking around in the back yard looking at all the bugs, worms, and living creatures that I could find. I enjoy baking and art projects. I earned my associate’s degree in psychology in San Antonio while working on my bachelor’s degree long distance from Sul Ross. Now I am enjoying life here in Alpine. I am learning and doing so many new things that I never expected. This is my second year as a biology grad student. I am assistant curator of the Vertebrate Collection here at Sul Ross. I am also a member of the Entomological Society of America.

Justin Burt

Bio: My name is Justin Burt, and I am from Williston, South Carolina.  I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Ruminant Nutrition.  My plans for the future are to pursue a PhD. in Ruminant Nutrition, and work in a research or academic setting.

Shea Carley

Bio: While growing up in Austin, Texas where I frequented the Hill Country and wilder spaces in my hometown, I developed a strong appreciation for the natural world. My interest in the relationship between humans and the environment grew while studying Anthropology and Photojournalism at the University of Texas. After spending time documenting and learning about conservation initiatives and sustainability practices within communities and on farms in the biodiverse cloud forests of Costa Rica, I felt compelled to study the landscape and communities in a region of remarkable diversity in my own home state – The Big Bend. I am now starting my first year as a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Arts program, focusing on conservation biology, photography, and communication.

Corbin Carsrud

Bio: My name is Corbin Carsrud and I grew up all around Texas, moving around a lot as a kid. I first fell in love with geology and science in 8th grade on a trip to Moab and a float down the Colorado river through Canyonlands NP. Much later I graduated with a B. S. in Geosciences from Texas Tech University. After a few years in the work force, I decided I needed more. I chose Sul Ross’s Master’s program to continue my education and work out in the field more. Since then I’ve logged over 150 river miles on the Rio Grande working with Dr. Urbanczyk, learned to make 3D models with LiDAR and drones and found time to work on my thesis in Big Bend Ranch State Park. In my off time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two dogs. We enjoy hiking and exploring the Trans-Pecos.



Kaitlyn Williams

Bio: My name is Kaitlyn Williams and I am from Aledo, Texas. I graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences with an emphasis in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. I grew up in a small town with nature as my backyard, which fostered a respect and love for the outdoors. This experience provided me with a passion for the environment and animals which lead me to the wildlife field. While attending Texas A&M, I had the opportunity to do a summer internship working for the National Audubon Society with Atlantic Puffins off the coast of Maine. I was also able to study abroad in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil, volunteer at the campus wildlife center, and participate in different activities within the department. I am excited to be conducting research in the Chihuahuan Desert, and I am looking forward to wherever life takes me.

Taylor Daily

Bio: Hello my name is Taylor Daily and I grew up in Lubbock, Texas. Being raised outside of the city limits is where I found my love for wildlife; here I spent most of my time catching any and every animal I could get my hands on. Currently I am pursing my Master of Science in Natural Resource Management. My thesis project is to study movements, survival, and habitat use of desert bighorn sheep in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area. Once I have completed my M.S. degree I have aspirations of becoming a game biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


Maribel Glass

Bio: My name is Maribel Glass. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Growing up in a large city, I learned not to take my interactions with nature for granted. Everything about exploring the outdoors intrigued me. My passion for wildlife and conservation developed quickly; this passion led me to pursue a career as a wildlife research biologist. I graduated from Texas A&M University – Kingsville in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Range and Wildlife Management and a minor in Biology. My long-term academic goal includes earning a doctorate degree. Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Science (thesis) with a major in Range & Wildlife Management. My thesis is entitled, Assess the Effects of Management Prescriptions on Knotgrass and its Energetic Production Value for Migratory Birds. The purpose of my project is to determine the production value of paspalum, which management practices may facilitate its spread and whether or not paspalum is a food source for avifauna.

Brittany Perron

Bio: My name is Brittany Perron. I developed an early interest in agriculture and raising livestock, especially horses, due to my upbringing in the small agricultural town of Los Alamos, on the central coast of California. I am now a graduate research and teaching assistant in the Master’s of Animal Science program with an emphasis in equine nutrition at Sul Ross State University. There is a knowledge deficit about the western performance horse that I would like to remedy and make an impact on to meet a need in the industry. After graduation, I plan to either go directly into the industry and work for an equine feed company, or pursue a Ph. D. in order to further my education.


Howell Pugh

Bio: My name is Howell Pugh and I grew up in the Cross Timbers region of north Texas. Some of my favorite memories are from those days that I spent exploring the surrounding country side searching out all the hidden wildlife. I did not discover that you could make wildlife a career until late in life when I was transitioning from the Army back to civilian life. After the Army, my family and I moved to San Marcos, Texas to attend Texas State University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology. I currently working towards a Master of Science in Range and Wildlife Management while working with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on the pronghorn restoration project in the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. Movement data for pronghorn translocated in the years 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018 were collected using GPS and satellite enabled collars. I will be using this data to determine the home range and habitat use of translocated pronghorn in Trans-Pecos, Texas. This data will directly help Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and landowners make sound management decisions about the future of pronghorn in the Trans-Pecos region.

Roy Saffel

Bio: My name is Roy E Saffel and I am pursuing dual Master of Science Degrees in Natural Resource Management and Biology. My enjoyment of our natural resources and the pursuit of additional knowledge has led to tremendous personal satisfaction of my Sul Ross college experiences My relationships and friendships developed here have enriched my quality of life beyond all expectations  I plan to use my knowledge and education to benefit others by joining organizations such as the Peace Corps.

Katherine Sauer

Bio: My name is Katie Sauer and I am from Littleton, CO. I received my BS in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University and eventually moved to New Mexico to work for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service. It was through my work with USFWS that I decided to pursue a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management at Sul Ross. My thesis focuses on using different modeling techniques to manage for quail species in west Texas. More specifically, I am modeling the distribution of Scaled and Montezuma quail to determine which environmental factors most determine suitable habitat for the two species. I am also using modeling to determine the economic value of quail to the state of Texas. After graduating, I hope to return to a career as a biologist with USFWS.

Cullom Simpson

Bio: My name is Cullom Simpson. I was raised in the used to be small town of Boerne, Texas. An appreciation for wildlife developed at a young age growing up in the Texas Hill Country. I often times spent my mornings and evenings as a child exploring creeks catching sunfish or learning to spot and stalk white-tailed deer on nearby ranches. My passion for wildlife continued as I attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas majoring in wildlife science. During my undergraduate career I worked as a research technician studying White-tipped doves in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and translocation of Northern bobwhite in the Rolling Plains of Texas. I also volunteered with Texas Parks and Wildlife helping with various projects including Rio Grande turkey and White-tailed deer captures and CWD check stations. I will be continuing my education and working on my Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management under Dr. Whitney Gann and Dr. Louis Harveson examining how the presence of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs influences vegetation and cattle movement in the Marathon Basin.

Breeann Sturges

Bio: Hi, my name is Breeann Sturges and I am from Woodlake, California. My undergraduate degree was in Animal Science. I played four years of volleyball and two years of softball for the Lobos. My master’s degree is in Natural Resource Management with an Ag Business concentration. After completing my master’s my plan is to seek a job in sales and marketing of livestock feed supplements.

Barbara Sugerman

Bio: My name is Barbara Sugarman and I am from San Diego, California.  I earned my undergraduate degree studying Forestry at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona; since then, I have lived in Fort Collins, Colorado and Cedar City, Utah.  I have always been interested in nature and wildlife since early childhood.  As my education progressed, I fell in love with wildlife management, specifically conservation.  My specific area of interest is in small mammals, although I also enjoy working with other animals. I have worked mostly with federally threatened Utah prairie dogs (Cynomys parvidens), federally endangered black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes), and American pika (Ochotona princeps).  In my personal life, I love to hike with my dog, Champ, backpack in remote places, ski, and travel both domestically and internationally.  I am thrilled at the opportunity to obtain my master’s degree from Sul Ross State University. My project is the conservation of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) in the Trans-Pecos region. In the future, I see myself working as a wildlife biologist for a state or federal wildlife agency.