Kevin Wagner

Associate Director

(979) 845-2649 - klwagner@ag.tamu.edu

Kevin Wagner

Dr. Kevin Wagner currently serves as associate director of the Texas Water Resources Institute and adjunct professor in Texas A&M University’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. He provides leadership and administration for institute water programs; works with stakeholders in identifying priorities for water resources programs; and develops inter-disciplinary teams for addressing these high priority issues.

Wagner’s research seeks to (1) determine the environmental and agricultural response of watersheds to management, particularly effects on water quality and quantity, (2) develop and evaluate management systems designed to sustain agricultural productivity and protect soil and water resources, (3) train water professionals and students on watershed planning, assessment and water policy; and (4) conduct watershed assessment, planning and stakeholder engagement to address water issues.

Education

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

  • Associate Director, Texas Water Resources Institute, 2009-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M Soil and Crop Sciences Department, 2013-present
  • 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
  • Research Assistant, Water Quality Research Lab, OSU, 1993
  • Teaching Assistant, Botany Department, Oklahoma State University, 1992-1994

Current Funding

  • PI or Co-PI on 17 active projects; Current funding to support active projects - $6,221,191

Publications, Posters and Presentations

  • Refereed journal publications – 6
  • Extension publications – 7
  • Other technical publications – 37
  • Papers presented at national conferences – 10
  • Posters presented at conferences – 8
  • Scientific journals review – 2: (1) Texas Water Journal and (2) Transactions of the ASABE

Recent Journal Publications

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, 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.

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

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.

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.

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

Recent Technical Publications

Wagner. K., R.D. Harmel, and K. Higgs. 2013. Preliminary evaluation of VTA effectiveness to protect runoff water quality on small pork production facilities in Texas. Texas Water Resources Institute Technical Report TR-452. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Dictson, N. and K. Wagner. 2013. Texas Watershed Planning Training Project Final Report 2013. Texas Water Resources Institute Technical Report TR-450. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Di Giovanni, G.D., E. Casarez, T. Gentry, E. Martin, L. Gregory, and K. Wagner. 2013. Support Analytical Infrastructure and Further Development of a Statewide Bacterial Source Tracking Library. Texas Water Resources Institute Technical Report TR-448. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Wagner, K., L. Redmon, and J. Peterson. 2013. Development of a Synergistic, Comprehensive Statewide Lone Star Healthy Streams Program. Texas Water Resources Institute Technical Report TR-446. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Gregory, L., P. Dyer, K. Wagner, and P. DeLaune. 2013. Water Quality Monitoring in the Buck Creek Watershed and Facilitation of Buck Creek Watershed Partnership: Final Report. Texas Water Resources Institute Technical Report TR-444. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Cabrera, R., K. Wagner, B. Wherley, and L. Lee. 2013. Urban Landscape Water Use in Texas, A Special Report by the Texas Water Resources Institute. Texas Water Resources Institute Publication EM-116. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Wagner, K., L. Redmon, T. Gentry, and C. Clary. 2013. Evaluation and Demonstration of BMPs for Cattle on Grazing Lands for the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program. Texas Water Resources Institute Technical Report TR-437. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Wagner, K. 2012. Status and Trends of Irrigated Agriculture in Texas, A Special Report by the Texas Water Resources Institute. Texas Water Resources Institute Publication EM-115. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Peterson, J., C. Coufal, K. Wagner, and L. Redmon. 2012. Lone Star Healthy Streams: Poultry Manual. Texas AgriLife Extension Service Publication ESC-006 electronic  (formerly B-6255). College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Peterson, J., C. Cavinder, K. Wagner, and L. Redmon. 2012. Lone Star Healthy Streams: Horse Manual. Texas AgriLife Extension Service Publication ESC-004 electronic or SC-004 print (formerly EB-6254). College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Peterson, J., J. Cathey, K. Wagner, and L. Redmon. 2012. Lone Star Healthy Streams: Feral Hog Manual. Texas AgriLife Extension Service Publication ESC-005 electronic or SC-005 print (formerly EB-6256). College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Peterson, J., E. Jordan, K. Wagner, and L. Redmon. 2012. Lone Star Healthy Streams: Dairy Cattle Manual. Texas AgriLife Extension Service Publication ESC-003 electronic or SC-003 printe (formerly EB-6253). College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Redmon, L., K. Wagner, and J. Peterson. 2012. Lone Star Healthy Streams: Beef Cattle Manual. Texas AgriLife Extension Service Publication ESC-002 electronic or SC-002 print (formerly EB-6245). College Station, TX: Texas A&M University.

Teaching

  • WMHS 685: Developing and Implementing Watershed Plans, Texas A&M

Graduate Student Committees

  • Calvin Clary, M.S., Water Management and Hydrological Science, Texas A&M University
  • Kori Higgs, M.S., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Jennifer Peterson, Ph.D., Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • Khurram Rafi, M.S., Water Management and Hydrological Science, Texas A&M University

Current Memberships, Service, Boards and Committees

  • President, Brazos County Farm Bureau Board
  • Environmental Interests Representative, Brazos G Regional Water Planning Group
  • Public Interest Group Representative, Brazos River and Associated Bay and Estuary System Basin and Bay Stakeholder Committee
  • Member, Gamma Sigma Delta - The Honor Society of Agriculture
  • Member, Soil and Water Conservation Society
  • Natural Resources Subcommittee Member, Texas Farm Bureau
  • Member, Texas Groundwater Protection Committee; Member, Ag Chemical Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Research Subcommittee
  • Member, Texas Leadership Roundtables on Water
  • Higher Education Representative, Texas Water Conservation Advisory Council
  • Delegate, University Council on Water Resources
  • Co-Chair , 2014 Southwest Stream Restoration Conference Planning Committee
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