Research Programs

Agro-Ecosystem Analysis and Computer Modeling

  • Tom Gerik (Ph.D., University of Nebraska), who also serves as the Resident Director for the Backland Research and Extension Center, performs research using on-farm field studies and computer simulation models to identify best management practices that alleviate constraints to production and profitability of field crops while minimizing impacts of cropping systems on the environment.
  • Jay Angerer (Ph.D., Texas A & M University) develops and applies computer models and decision support systems to improve management, productivity, and sustainability of pasture and grazing lands in the USA and developing countries.
  • William E. “Bill” Fox III (Ph.D., Texas A & M University) conducts research on restoring disturbed agricultural and natural ecosystems.  Identifies best management practices to ameliorate impairments or mitigate unintended consequences of agriculture.
  • Manyowa Norman Meki (Ph.D., University of Cambridge, UK) uses biophysical models to evaluate best management practices and assess environmental impacts of potential grain, biomass, and oilseed cropping systems.
  • Robin A. J. Taylor (Ph.D., Imperial College, London)  develops and applies hydrologic and agricultural computer model systems to examine and mitigate the impacts of agricultural management decisions on production and environmental risk.

Hydrologic Systems Computer Modeling

  • Katrin Bieger (Ph.D., University of Kiel, Germany) develops and applies hydrologic computer models to evaluate the impacts of land use and agricultural management on water resources.
  • Santhi Chinnasamy (Ph.D., Anna University, Madras, India) conducts hydrologic and environmental research to assess the impacts of agricultural and natural resource systems.
  • Jaehak Jeong (Ph.D., University of Texas) develops and applies hydrologic computer models to evaluate the impact of management on urban, agricultural, and natural landscapes.
  • Javier Osorio Leyton (Ph.D., Virginia Tech) develops and calibrates SWAT model to assess feasibility of biofuel feedstock production in Hawaii under different climatic/environmental/management situations; develops and tests SWAT routines for locally prevalent hydrological processes in Hawaii; and integrates a farm scale SWAT irrigation support model (under development) to the calibrated whole island SWAT model and conducts scenario runs.
  • Xiuying (Susan) Wang (Ph.D., Purdue University) conducts hydrologic and environmental research to assess the impacts of agricultural and natural resource systems.  Develops, tests, and improves agriculture and natural resource computer simulation models.
  • Jimmy Williams (Ph.D., Texas A&M University) develops and applies computer modeling technology to evaluate impacts of management practices on watersheds and impacts of on-farm management decisions on environmental quality.
  • Haw Yen (Ph.D., Colorado State University) designs and develops watershed simulations to mitigate environmental and ecological impacts for the new version of the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT).
  • Younggu Her (Ph.D., Virginia Tech) currently developing SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) modules for simulating LID (Low Impact Development) practices. He is also interested in development and application of distributed hydrologic models for watershed management planning.

Spatial Science and Integrated Information Systems

  • Raghavan Srinivasan (Ph.D., Purdue University), who also serves as the Director of the Spatial Sciences Laboratory at Texas A& M University, develops internet-based tools using GIS and remotely sensed data and integrates data into spatial information systems.  Manages training and educational outreach for use of GIS application of natural resource and hydrologic computer models for water quality and land use change.
  • Mauro DiLuzio (Ph.D., Padua University, Italy) develops GIS and computer modeling technology, applications, and database products to address agricultural, urban, and natural resource problems across-scales from multi-sources and uses eco-spatial conceptual methods.
  • Cesar Izzurralde (Ph.D., Kansas State University) develops robust modeling methods for evaluating the impacts of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems and water resources. His research also examines mitigation options in agriculture and energy through soil carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emission reductions, and the sustainable production of biofuels.

Water Science – Quality and Monitoring

  • June Wolfe (Ph.D., Baylor University) conducts hydrology and water quality field research and monitoring by examining the impacts of land management on bacteria, nutrient, and sediment accumulation and transformation in streams.
  • Anish Jantrania (Ph.D., Clemson University) develops innovative and affordable solutions for sustainable water, wastewater, and solid waste treatment processes.

 

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