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.
Grant Writing-Submission / Policy Analysis / Project Management
Karen provides resources for modeling through a manageable user-friendly database. She assists in the development of multidisciplinary, multi-agency proposals and programs for funding at the local, state and national levels. She is certified through United States Environmental Protection Agency in Quality Assurance Management and development of Data Quality Objectives, Quality Management Plans and Quality Assurance Project Plans. Karen has specialized training in demographic Analysis using the U.S. Census (Calm River Demographics) as well as Technical Assistance of Network Management (Wireless Dynamics). Karen manages the Repository of Agricultural & Silvicultural Environmental Data (acquiring past & present project data with TSSWCB to create a management repository housing the environmental data generated by CWA §319(h) Grant Fund projects). She also organizes functional and operational aspects of the Management Repository of Agricultural and Silvicultural Environmental Data Project.