Monday, September 23, 2013

Facebook Page

In an effort to more completely integrate our use of social media, the Verble Fire Ecology Lab has added a Facebook page.  Check out and "like" the lab Facebook page today!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Grisham Climate Response Lab

I wanted to take a moment to introduce the newest member of our Natural Resources Management faculty at Texas Tech-- Dr. Blake Grisham.  Dr. Grisham is a Texas Tech grad and originally from Arkansas.  His work focuses on prairie chickens, climate modeling, and responses to climate change.  You can check out his lab webpage, here.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Prescribed Fire Season Begins!

We recently visited the Matador Wildlife Management Area in Paducah, Texas to assist with a 40-acre prescribed burn.  It was a sunny day with light and variable winds, which gave us an exciting opportunity to observe fire-driven fire behavior.  Ignition and mop-up were completed handily on this operation, and everyone was home for dinner.
Ignition operations on an RX-burn at the Matador WMA

This was TTU graduate student, Rachel Granberg's first prescribed burn.  She spent her day conducting primary ignition ops, assisted by Robin Verble on secondary ignition and Seth Pearson as line boss.

Rachel Granberg lights a flank fire on an RX-burn at the Matador WMA

A special thanks to Texas Parks and Wildlife and Derrick Holdstock for the opportunity to assist on such a great fire!  We look forward to a continued relationship with the TPWD fire program.

Flanking fire at the Matador WMA, September 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ranch Visit Near Post, TX

New graduate students, Tabea Malinowski and Clara Frasconi-Wendt, toured a local ranch with Dr. Verble-Pearson, Dr. Alon Silberbush, Dr. Gad Perry, and Dr. Kate LeVering yesterday.

Tabea and Clara exploring the ranch

The ranch owners were warm and hospitable, and both students are excited about the possibility of working there in the near future.  

The harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex) were out and about, foraging for the last of the summer's bounty of seeds.  Fall Lyatrus was starting to bloom.  We didn't find any horned lizards (the property has both Texas horned lizards, Phrynosoma cornutum, and round-tailed horned lizards, Phyrnosoma modestum); however, we did find this exciting little phyrnosomatid, probably the Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosaurus texanus):  

Thursday, September 5, 2013

TPWD Regional Fire Coordinators-- Repost

Seth Pearson, Wildlife Division Fire Management Coordinator at Texas Parks and Wildlife, asked me to share the following job announcement.  

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Wildlife Division has posted four Regional Fire Management Coordinator positions to be located across the state of Texas.  The primary focus of the positions will be to plan and implement prescribed fire on public and private land across the state. These positions will also  assist with the education, mentoring and training of Division staff and the public.  Additional information can be found in the links below.  The job postings can also be found by visiting the Texas Parks and  Wildlife Department website  and clicking on the “Jobs & Careers” tab on the bottom of the page and then selecting “Current Postings” and scrolling through the current list of positions with Texas Parks and Wildlife.


Seth Pearson
Wildlife Division Fire Management Coordinator
Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.
325-203-2366  Office/Cell

Mailing Address:                        
114 Center Ave. Suite 300      
Brownwood, TX 76801             

Physical Address:
13429 County Road 478
May, TX 76857