Conservation Matters February 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Around the institutes

By Leslie Lee

The new year has brought some changes to both the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) and the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI).

Matt Brown, formerly a TWRI project manager, is now an Extension program specialist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Debbie Danford, IRNR program manager, will now serve as the administrative coordinator for the Gulf Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (GC-CESU), as former coordinator Carol Gaas recently retired.

Ashley Gregory, formerly a TWRI Extension assistant, will be serving as a horticulture agent for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Todd Snelgrove, formerly an IRNR associate director, is now director of technology advancement for the East Foundation.

New employees around the IRNR and TWRI offices include Brandon Bowers, research assistant; Yang “Lydia” Cao, assistant research scientist; Bethany Friesenhahn, Extension assistant; Andrew James, Extension assistant; Ashley Long, assistant research scientist; David Rizzuto, project specialist; Wade Ryberg, research scientist; Lisa Thompson, program manager; and Uyen “Amy” Truong, Extension assistant.

New IRNR and TWRI projects:

  • Cost Effective Strategy for State Listed Freshwater Mussels
    Funding Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
    Partners: Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
  • EWF - GIS Database Development and Support
    Funding Agency: East Foundation
    Partners: Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 
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