Kevin Wagner

Deputy Director of Engagement

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Kevin Wagner

Dr. Kevin Wagner serves as deputy director of engagement at the Texas Water Resources Institute. He assists with leadership of institute water programs and leads efforts to increase engagement with the water resources community across Texas and the nation. Wagner also engages in water resources research and leads development of inter-disciplinary teams to address priority water issues.

His primary research interests are enhancing (1) stakeholder engagement through better integration of scientific information with human systems; (2) watershed assessment, planning, management, and sustainability; (3) understanding of water use and adoption of conservation practices; and (4) private lands stewardship through assessing and improving conservation practice effectiveness and identifying/overcoming barriers to adoption.

He has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 50 research projects and authored or co-authored more than 65 technical publications in the areas of watershed planning, watershed restoration, water use and efficiency, bacteria fate and transport and best management practice effectiveness. Wagner also serves as an adjunct professor in Texas A&M University’s Soil and Crop Sciences Department, mentors graduate students in the Water Management and Hydrological Science Program and teaches a Watershed Planning Short Course for water resource professionals from throughout Texas and the U.S.


Ph.D. – Agronomy (2011), Texas A&M University
M.S. – Environmental Science (1995), Oklahoma State University
B.S. – Biology (1988), Howard Payne University

Professional Experience

  • Deputy Director of Engagement, Texas Water Resources Institute, 2016-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M Soil and Crop Sciences Department, 2013-present
  • Associate Director, Texas Water Resources Institute, 2009-2015
  • Project Manager, Texas Water Resources Institute, 2005-2009
  • NPS Team Leader, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, 2003-2005
  • Assistant Director of Programs, TSSWCB, 2000-2003
  • Program Specialist, TMDL Team, TSSWCB, 1999-2000
  • Watershed Coordinator, TMDL Team, TNRCC, 1998-1999
  • Water Quality Liaison, OCC / USDA-NRCS, 1997-1998
  • Water Quality Analyst, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, 1994-1997

Professional Service

  • Texas Groundwater Protection Committee Member (2000-2005, 2009-present)
    • Groundwater Issues Subcommittee Member (2015-present)
    • Ag Chemical Subcommittee Member (2009-2015)
    • Research Subcommittee Co-Chair (2009-2015)
    • Non-Point Source Subcommittee Chair (2000)
  • Brazos County Farm Bureau. Board Member (2010-present). Vice President (2011-2012, 2015). President (2012-2014)
  • Texas Farm Bureau, Natural Resources Subcommittee. Member (2012-2014)
  • Texas Water Conservation Advisory Council. Higher Education representative (2012-present)
    • Agricultural Workgroup Member (2012-present)
    • Municipal Workgroup (2015-present)
  • Universities Council on Water Resources. Delegate (2013-present)
  • Texas Leadership Roundtables on Water. Member. (2013-present)
  • Brazos River and Associated Bay and Estuary System Basin and Bay Stakeholder Committee (BBASC). Public Interest Group representative (2013-present)
    • Scoring Workgroup Chairman (2014)
  • Brazos G Regional Water Planning Group. Environmental Interests representative (2013-present); Water Policy Committee member (2013-present)
  • Oklahoma Unified Watershed Assessment Work Group – 1998


Harmel, R., T. Gentry, K. Wagner, E. Martin, D. Smith, P. Wanjugi, H. Collins, L. Gregory, and T. Hendon. 2016. Effects of field storage method on E. coli concentrations measured in storm water runoff. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 188:170.

Clary, C., L. Redmon, T. Gentry, K. Wagner, and R. Lyons. 2016. Non-riparian shade as a water quality best management practice for grazing-lands: A case study. Rangelands (In press).

Harmel, R., J. Hathway, K. Wagner, J. Wolfe, R. Karthikeyan, W. Francesconi, and D. McCarthy. 2016. Uncertainty in monitoring E. coli concentrations in streams and stormwater runoff. Journal of Hydrology 534:524-533.

Higgs, K.D., R.D. Harmel, K. Wagner, P.K. Smith, R.L. Haney, D.R. Smith, and R. Pampell. 2015. Vegetated treatment area effectiveness at reducing nutrient runoff from small swine operations in central Texas. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 31(4): 621-629.

Peterson, J., B. McKim, L. Redmon, T. Peterson, K. Wagner, M. McFarland, T. Gentry. 2015. Factors influencing the adoption of water quality best management practices by Texas beef cattle producers. Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences 4(1):163-180.

Borel, K., R. Karthikeyan, T.A. Berthold, and K. Wagner. 2015. Estimating E. coli and Enterococcus loads in a coastal Texas watershed. Texas Water Journal 6(1):33-44.

Gregory, L., B. Blumenthal, R. Karthikeyan, K. Wagner, and K. Borel. 2013. Estimating on-site sewage facility density and distribution using geo-spatial analyses.Journal of Natural & Environmental Sciences 2013 4(1): 14-21.

Cabrera, R., K. Wagner, and B. Wherley. 2013. An evaluation of urban landscape water use in Texas. Texas Water Journal 4(2):14-27.

Wagner, K., L. Redmon, T. Gentry, and R.D. Harmel. 2013. Effects of an off-stream watering facility on cattle behavior and instream E. coli levels. Texas Water Journal 4(2):1-13.

Harmel, R.D., K. Wagner, E. Martin, T. Gentry, R. Karthikeyan, M. Dozier, and C. Coufal. 2013. Impact of poultry litter application and land use on E. coli runoff from agricultural fields. Transactions of the ASABE 6(1): 3-16.

Wagner, K., L. Redmon, T. Gentry, R.D. Harmel. 2012. Assessment of cattle grazing effects on E. coli runoff. Transactions of the ASABE 55(6):2111-2122.

Ávila-Carrasco, J. R., F. Mojarro Dávila, D. N. Moriasi, P. H. Gowda, C. Bautista-Capetillo, F. G. Echavarria-Cháirez, J. D. Garbrecht, J. L. Steiner, T. A. Howell, E. T. Kanemasu, J. A. Verser, K. Wagner and J. Hernandez. 2012. Calibration of SWAT2009 Using Crop Biomass, Evapotranspiration, and Deep Recharge: Calera Watershed in Zacatecas, Mexico Case Study. Journal of Water Resource and Protection 4:439-450.

Book Chapters

Wagner, K., N. Dictson, L. Gregory, D. Gholson, C. Entwistle, K. Hein, D. Boellstorff, A. Berthold, C. Hawkins, A. Wolff, and B. Jonescu. 2016. Texas Water Resources. In M. Haggerty and M.P. Meuth (eds.), Texas Master Naturalist Program Curriculum. Texas A&M University Press. (Expected release in April 2016).

Wagner, K., L. Gregory, A. Berthold. 2016. Chapter 1 – Water Quality Management. In D. Chen (ed.), Sustainable Water Management (Volume I), Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL (In Press 2016).


  • Achievement Award for Interdisciplinary Research, Bacteria Source Tracking Team
  • Finalist, 2014 Texas Environmental Excellence Award: Education Category, Texas Water Resources Institute – Texas Watershed Planning Short Course
  • USDA Secretary’s 2013 Honor Award: Enhancing The Economic Vitality And Quality Of Life In Rural America Category, Ogallala Aquifer Team
  • 2013 Texas Environmental Excellence Award: Agriculture Category, Texas Water Resources Institute & Buck Creek Watershed Partnership
  • 2012 Texas Environmental Excellence Award: Civic/Community Category, Arroyo Colorado Partnership
  • State of Oklahoma Governor’s Commendation, October 23, 1998
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