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.
Dr. Robin Taylor, a member of the EPIC/APEX development team at Blackland Research and Extension Center, is an insect ecologist specializing in invasive pests of field and forest. He is helping to expand EPIC and APEX models’ ability to assess the benefits of agricultural pest control and to minimize chemical control of pests by identifying best management practices that alleviate constraints to production and profitability of field crops and minimize impacts of cropping systems on water quality and the environment. Dr. Taylor is an elected fellow of the Linnean Society of London.