Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Agricultural, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences
Dr. Frank Dirrigl Jr.
Dr. Russell Skowronek
Dr. Andrew McDonald
Historic and current anthropogenic land-use activities affect ecological functions and ecosystem services quality. The clearing of native Tamaulipan thorn forest and riparian forests for agricultural use and expansion followed by rapid urbanization and population growth resulted in profound ecological impacts to the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), Texas. The goals of this study are 1) document trends in land use change and vegetation health in the LRGV 2) evaluate and demonstrate the application of the Ecosystem Services Identification & Inventory Tool (ESII Tool) for collecting ecological data and measuring percent ecological performance and 3) use historical ecology indicators to compare past and present land use (agriculture, pasture, and recreation) impacts on measuring ecosystem services. The use of historical ecology indicators to compliment current site ecological conditions generated important ecosystem service measures useful to assessments and conservation land-use planning and management.
Kurpis, Julianna Katherine Schaefer, "Contributions of Historical Ecology to Ecological Services Assessments in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Texas" (2019). Theses and Dissertations - UTRGV. 491.