This workshop is open to those students selected by their Academic Adviser to attend a CLfT Workshop.
You will be staying at the Welder Foundation. All meals are provided.
Please bring the following, important items:
- comfortable, outdoor field clothing--not too bulky
- cap or headband for protection from the sun;
- waterproof, hiking or field boots and rain gear
The outdoor field exercises will be conducted even if it is hot, cold, or raining, so come prepared for those possibilities. We recommend that you check the Sinton, TX area weather prior to arrival.
The Welder Wildlife Foundation Headquarters is located on the Welder Wildlife Refuge off HWY 77 approximately 10 miles northeast of Sinton, Texas. Most of the Headquarters complex was built in 1958. It consists of the main headquarters building, four residences, graduate student dormitory, visitors dormitory, and a rotunda that includes a dining area and complete kitchen.
From Sinton, Texas, take Hwy 77 north toward Woodsboro and Victoria. Depending on the exit you take leaving Sinton, after approximately 7–10 miles you will see a brown highway sign announcing the Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation.
Exit right off the highway immediately after the sign and proceed to the Foundation’s white stucco gate house.
If you cross the Aransas River Bridge you missed the exit by about 1.5 miles.
The Headquarters is located 2 miles from the main gate. Continue on the paved road without turning onto side roads until you cross a cattle guard. After you have crossed the cattle guard, you will see a sign directing you to the Headquarters.
You can also Google: "10429 Welder Wildlife"
Sinton, Texas 78387
Prior to joining BRI, Ryan obtained a PhD at Texas State University. While at Texas State, he was a Doctoral NSF Fellow working in a GK-12 program. When not in middle school classrooms getting students interested in science, Ryan was working on his dissertation which focused on body size, rumen-reticulum functions, and dietary nutrition of white-tailed deer. Prior to his doctoral work, he earned an MS from the University of Texas at San Antonio. During this period he worked for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio performing behavioral assays on Rhesus Macaques. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, Ryan worked as a Game Warden for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish until he returned to Texas to begin his master’s and doctoral work.