November

txH2O magazine celebrates 10 years and brand new issue

Since 2005, the Texas Water Resources Institute has published its flagship magazine, txH2O, and the Fall 2015 issue celebrates those 10 years of publishing as well as the announcement of Dr. John C. Tracy as the institute’s new director.

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Aggies explore water resource issues in Guanajuato, Mexico

Texas A&M University students recently took a hands-on approach to understanding water resource management concerns in rural regions. This past summer 19 graduate students from Texas A&M University and 15 students from the University of Guanajuato enrolled in a two-week water management study abroad course in Guanajuato, Mexico.

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Meet a Scientist: Dr. Lee Fitzgerald

Biodiversity: that’s a word many biologists are well familiar with.

But even before the term was coined by E. O. Wilson in his 1992 book “The Diversity of Life,” Dr. Lee Fitzgerald and his research team were cataloging biological diversity within the country of Paraguay.

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TPWD’s Kills and Spills Team responds to fish, wildlife kills

Since the 1950s, the Texas Parks and Wildlife staff, currently referred to as the Kills and Spills Team, have responded to and investigated 9,345-reported pollution events and fish and wildlife kills in the state.

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Aggies participate in Galveston beach clean up

While most students consider a beach day to be a relaxing vacation, a handful of Texas A&M University students recently turned a coastal visit to an environmental conservation opportunity.

Twenty students from Texas A&M’s student chapter of the Marine Technology Society and Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, joined hundreds of other volunteers on Sept. 26 to participate in a Galveston beach cleanup.

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AgriLife Extension researcher comparing turfgrass varieties under Texas conditions

Not every grass is a good fit for home lawns, golf courses or athletic playing fields, so turfgrass researcher Dr. Casey Reynolds is testing varieties and comparing them side by side under Texas conditions as a part of the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program.

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AgriLife Extension sprinkler system lab to be certified to test EPA WaterSense label

New lawn sprinklers have built-in pressure regulators, but how accurate are they?

Charles Swanson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist, and Dr. Guy Fipps, AgriLife Extension irrigation engineer, set up the Irrigation Technology Program lab in 2008 to test “smart” weather-based irrigation controllers, Swanson said. The lab is part of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University.

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