Conservation Matters July 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Around the institutes

Around the institutes

As the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and the Texas A&M Institute for Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) continue to work together and share support staff and resources, both institutes continue to see growth in projects and personnel.

Brian Jonescu, formerly a graduate student researcher with TWRI, has joined the institute full-time as a research assistant. Victor Gutierrez is the new TWRI Extension assistant working on the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership projects. Based in Weslaco, he replaces Ashley Gregory, who is now an Extension horticulture agent.

Dr. Brian Pierce, formerly an IRNR research associate, was recently named an associate director for the institute.  Several new staff members have also joined IRNR. Patrick Bixler is a new research scientist for conservation policy, examining the human dimensions of natural resource conservation. Michael Brennan is a new program director for IRNR’s program for wildlife mitigation and conservation. Jeremiah Leibowitz joined IRNR’s San Antonio office in March as the program director for the Program of Private Lands Stewardship.

New IRNR and TWRI projects:

  • Evaluation of survey methods and biases in estimating white-tailed deer densities at Camp Bullis, Texas
    Funding Agency: Department of Defense – Corps of Engineers
  • GLCI - Land Stewardship and Soil Health Workshops
    Funding Agency: Texas Coalition, Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
  • Remote Sensing of Volatile Organic Compounds Using Small Unmanned Aerial Systems
    Funding Agency: Houston Advanced Research Center
    Partner: Texas Engineering Experiment Station
  • Little River, San Gabriel River and Big Elm Creek Watershed Characterization
    Funding Agency: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    Partners: Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications
  • Support of REPI Program in Sustaining Military Readiness
    Funding Agency: Department of Defense – Corps of Engineers
  • Endangered Species Research Projects for the Louisiana Pine Snake
    Funding Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Distribution-wide surveys for Holbrookia lacerate
    Funding Agency: University of Texas
  • Evaluation of Sprague’s Pipit’s Conservation Status on their Wintering Grounds in Texas
    Funding Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Annual Application under Section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984
    Funding Source: U.S. Geological Survey
    Partners: Texas A&M AgriLife Research, University of Texas, Texas A&M University Water Management and Hydrological Science Department
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