Graduate students receive water research grants
Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) recently funded 10 water-related research projects for graduate students from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas.
The students were awarded up to $5,000 to begin, expand or extend water-related research projects. The institute funds the graduate student projects through funds provided by the U.S. Geological Survey as part of the National Institutes for Water Research annual research program. TWRI will publish articles and reports about the progress of each project.
Graduate students funded and their projects are:
- Emily Seawright (advisors: Drs. M. Edward Rister, Ron Lacewell), Texas A&M- Determining the economic impacts of biological control of Arundo donax in the Rio Grande Basin;
- Champa Joshi (advisor: Dr. Binayak Mohanty), Texas A&M-Uncertainty analysis of recharge to the Edwards Aquifer using bayesian model averaging scheme;
- Sivarajah Mylevaganam (advisor: Dr. Raghavan Srinivasan), Texas A&M-Effect of grid sizes as subbasins on SWAT model hydrologic and water quality predictions;
- Deepti Deepti (advisor: Dr. R. Karthikeyan), Texas A&M-Uncertainty analysis of a statistical model for pathogen contamination assessment in two Texas river basins;
- Emily Martin (advisor: Dr. Terry Gentry), Texas A&M-Development of a library-independent bacterial source tracking markers for species-specific discrimination of deer and cattle fecal contamination in surface waters;
- Kranthi Mandadi (advisor: Dr. Thomas D. McKnight), Texas A&M-Mitigating demand for irrigated water used in agriculture by genetically enhancing crop plants to be productive in minimal water conditions;
- Bo Yang (advisors: Drs. Ming-Han Li, Chang-Shan Huang), Texas A&M-Using SWAT to compare planning methods for neighborhoods: Case Study of stormwater in The Woodlands, Texas;
- Eric Hersh (advisor: Dr. David R. Maidment), University of Texas at Austin-An environmental flows information system for Texas;
- Brigit Ashfar (advisor: Dr. Mary Jo Kirisits), University of Texas at Austin-Microbial source tracking in drinking water from rainwater harvesting; and
- David Watts (advisor: Dr. Georgianne Moore), Texas A&M-Ecohydrology and ecophysiology of Arundo donax (giant reed).