Conservation Matters June 2012

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Water Assistantship recipient to work with Center for Invasive Species Eradication

By Danielle Kalisek

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has selected Texas A&M University graduate student Elizabeth Edgerton as the 2012-2013 recipient of the institute's new Water Assistantship Program. She will work closely with the institute's Center for Invasive Species Eradication and other statewide efforts to evaluate invasive aquatic species threats in Texas.

Edgerton will compile current resources on status and trends of aquatic invasive species in Texas, begin identifying potential aquatic invasive species, begin assessing threats/risk for expansion of invasive aquatic species currently present in Texas, and initiate development of a priority list of species of concern and needed action.

Hailing from San Antonio, Edgerton received her bachelor's degree in environmental studies from Baylor University in 2010. Prior to joining TWRI, she was an intern and subsequently an environmental investigator with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Her primary focus as an investigator was air quality; however, she also has experience with water quality and waste management issues. She is currently a graduate student at Texas A&M, earning her master's degree in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.

The Water Assistantship Program is in partnership with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and is funded by the U.S. Geological Survey and by Mills Scholarship funds.

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