Troy D. Sparks
John A. Knauss Marine Policy
Fellow, Office of Habitat Conservation, National Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS). I worked on Essential Fish Habitat issues as defined by the Sustainable
Fisheries Act. Advisor: Thomas Bigford, Habitat Protection Division
Public Policy Intern, Congressional
Research Service (CRS). Researched and wrote CRS Report for Congress: Acoustic
Thermometry of Ocean Climate: Marine Mammal Issues (95-603 ENR). This brief focused on take and harassment
issues with respect to marine mammals outlined in the Marine Mammal Protection
Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Advisor: Eugene H. Buck, Senior
Wildlife Biologist, Armendaris Ranch, Truth
Or Consequences, NM.
My duties included trapping and banding of over 600 scaled quail. I used various research techniques to assess
winter survival and nesting success for scaled quail in areas with and without
grazing pressure; and areas with and without supplemental feed. These techniques included radio collaring and
daily tracking of hen quail movements to assess home range, habitat use, covey
dynamics, mortality, and nesting success.
Other duties included abundance and ecosystem methods used as part of
the Texas Quail Index
(an outreach project to private land owners); such as call count surveys,
artificial nest depredation monitoring, predator scent station monitoring, and
raptor count surveys. Advisor: Dr. Dale Rollins, TAES,
Biologist, Chaparrosa Ranch, La
Graduate Research Assistant,
Turtle/Dolphin Observer, NMFS. My duties
included overseeing Incidental Take Statements as well as enforcing provisions
in both the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. I acted as a liaison to salvage, oil,
helicopter, and diving companies to ensure provisions of the aforementioned
Acts were implemented. I was responsible
for implementing visual observations from vessels, platforms and helicopters
prior to decommissioned oil platform detonation and removal. Advisor:
Dr. William E. Evans, TAMU,
for National Geographic Society (NGS). I aided NGS in the location, identification,
and radio tracking of sperm whales for "Crittercam" deployments in
Research Assistant for GULFCET I and II. My duties included
operation and maintenance of a towed linear array and associated recording
equipment to record underwater vocalizations of Cetaceans (whales/dolphins) in
Assistant. Marine Ecology, MARB, TAMUG.
My duties included laboratory instruction and review of the research techniques
for marine systems. Laboratory
emphasized study of living material and natural habitats in the
T.D. 2001. The efficacy of supplemental feeding of scaled quail
T.D., Norris, J.C., and Evans, W.E. 1998. Distributions of sperm
whales in the Central and
R.R., Smith, S.C.,
T.D. 1997. Distributions of sperm whales along the continental slope in
the northwestern and central
K.M., Frohoff, T.G., Shoda,
Honors and Organizations
Species Research Permit Holder No. 1021, NMFS,
Acoustical Society of America, American Institute of Physics.
Society for Marine Mammalogy.
Research Award in Biology,
Hughes Undergraduate Research Initiative
Vice President, the National Llewellin Gun Dog Club.
Pheasants Forever, Quail Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Ducks Unlimited.
American Heart Association CPR, AED, and First Aid Certified.
Dr. William E.
J. Logan Respess,
Natural Resource Extension Agent,
James E. Miller,
Dr. Dale Rollins,
Professor and Wildlife Specialist,
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