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Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, Ph. D.
Professor and Research Scientist

Sandra Rideout-Hanzak received her Ph.D. in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2001.  Sandra then began a post-doc position as a research forester with the USDA Forest Service at their Southern Research Station in Athens, GA and later Clemson, SC.  In 2005, Sandra joined the faculty at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.  She was appointed to the faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2010 where she is currently a professor and research scientist in the Department of Animal, Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences and Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, respectively.

As a researcher, Sandra has explored such topics as effects of the East Amarillo Complex wildfires of 2006 on vegetation, soil erosion and bird communities, fire and water relations in hedgehog cacti varieties, season of burn effects on native grasses of the Southern Great Plains, and fire effects in southern pine, Piedmont, and Appalachian ecosystems.  Currently, Sandra is studying effects of growing season burning on tanglehead, an invasive grass, as well as restoration of endangered slender-rushpea habitat.

Sandra is a founding member of the Association for Fire Ecology and former advisor of the Texas Tech SAFE chapter (Student Association for Fire Ecology).  She has also served as Vice President of the Association for Fire Ecology and a member of the Texas Prescribed Burn Board.

Fire Ecology

Research Interest

Fire Ecology
Habitat Management

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Poncho Ortega and the rest of the CKWRI Deer Research team have a long history of supporting deer management and research in northern Mexico. This support has been in the form of annual presentations at landowner symposiums, visits to ranches interested in developing management programs, and a recent effort funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and headed by Sandra Rideout-Hanzak to engage ranchers in northern Mexico. This most recent project brought landowners to Kingsville for workshops, CKWRI deer scientists to northern Mexico to tour ranches, and was capped by publication of a wildlife management handbook written in Spanish for distribution to Mexican ranchers. The book covers the basics of cattle-wildlife operations: management plans for determining objectives of the operation, vegetation and wildlife surveys, habitat management practices, record keeping, monitoring, and wildlife harvest quotas. At the end of 2015, Randy DeYoung and Poncho Ortega were invited to speak at the Annual White-tailed Deer Symposium in Monterrey, Mexico.

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