Blackland scientists are developing new technologies and management strategies to improve water, soil, and other natural resources on agricultural, urban, and military lands in central Texas and around the world. The EPIC (Erosion Productivity Impact Calculator, APEX (Agricultural Policy Environment Extender), SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool), and PHYGROW (for a forage production-run-off) models are deployed world-wide as people seek to: increase agriculture production and water supply; improve the environment and the economic well-being of people; and increase the sustainability of land.
B.S., Agricultural Economics, Texas Tech University, cum laude
M.S. Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University
Melanie has more than twenty years of experience working in agricultural research. Past research projects have included analyses in livestock, cotton and produce markets, soil and water quality, pollution abatement, and transportation models using innovative computer technology for statistical and economic analysis. She has specialized training in data conversion, professional report writing, modeling and statistical analysis. More recently, she’s developed an interest in GIS modeling and application.