I really like the idea of conserving and maintaining such beautiful landscapes like the ones in Colorado.

Shelby Perry
Graduate Research Assistant/Quail Research

  • Alum
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Nevada, TX
College Major
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Year Graduated

Shelby Perry is completing her master's in agricultural science with an interest in wildlife and maintaining scenic areas. The Quail Research Team provides her with a group mentorship opportunity that allows her to explore ideas and help discover what she loves.

A Conversation with Shelby

What are your plans for after graduation?

“My plans after graduation are to work for a state park in Colorado. I really like the idea of conserving and maintaining such beautiful landscapes like the ones in Colorado.”

Tell us about a project you are currently working on or recently completed.

“I am currently working towards my master's degree. I am researching the developmental stages of the California quail embryo. This past summer, I was able to complete the incubation and data collection. I also am working alongside the other quail research team members to successfully translocate California quail into Texas.”

Tell us about one of your favorite professors and why.

“Dr. Kelly Reyna is my favorite professor at A&M-Commerce. Dr. Reyna continues to support me through my higher education. He is an amazing professor who dedicates his time to help us achieve our goals.”

Educational Background

  • MS, Agricultural Science, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2021
  • BS, Wildlife Conservation, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2019
  • AS, Applied Science, Collin College, 2017

Awards or Honors

  • $1,000 Senior Next Step Scholarship
  • Graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors
  • 1st Place at 16th annual Texas A&M International University Research Symposium in Undergraduate Agricultural Science
  • Dean's List 2017-2019

Professional Organizations

  • The Wildlife Society

Research Interests

  • Avian Embryology
  • Environmentalism
  • Conservation
  • Habitat Restoration
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