Rev. Bill Libby, long time supporter of McMurry University and its students, made some dreams come true today by donating Firebase Libby for use as a field research station by the Biology Department.
Firebase Libby will provide a venue where students and faculty can monitor ecological and physical conditions in an undeveloped setting, resulting in longitudinal datasets that may reveal noteworthy patterns. Firebase Libby will join a network of institutional field stations, state parks and wildlife management areas, and NGO conservation areas dedicated to studying the flora and fauna of the Cross Timbers and Rolling Plains regions.
McMurry students will benefit from the real world, hands-on experience of collecting this essential data, better equipping them for post-graduate opportunities. Already, Firebase Libby has provided 14 students with a study site for their research projects, including 3 projects that were presented at regional scientific meetings. Rev. Libby’s generous donation will allow students to comprehensively monitor this small portion of the Texas prairie and apply the resulting recommendations across the Rolling Plains and Cross Timbers. It is our hope that future researchers and students will be familiar with the trees, birds, insects, and mammals on the property.
We wholeheartedly echo the words of Dr. Joel Brant, member of the Biology faculty, when he says,
“I am grateful to Rev. Libby for his permission to conduct research on his property. I am humbled by his generous donation of this property to McMurry so that our research may continue in perpetuity. I am proud to know and call friend this man of God. Finally, I am eager to share this property with my students, colleagues, and friends at McMurry.”
(story contributed by Drs. Joel Brant and A. T. Wyatt)