New Waves March 2010

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

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, The University of Texas, The University of Texas at El Paso, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The students were awarded up to $5,000 to begin, expand, or extend water-related research projects. The institute funds the graduate student projects with funds provided by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 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:

  • Meghan Gallagher (advisor: Dr. R. Karthikeyan), Texas A&M University—Biological Treatment of Wastewater Contaminated with Estrogenic Compounds;
  • Qiao (Amy) Gao (advisor: Dr. Mary Jo Kirisits), University of Texas—The Effect of Photovoltaic Nanomaterial Roofing on Harvested Rainwater Quality;
  • Ricardo Marmolejo (advisor: Drs. Zhuping Sheng and John Walton), University of Texas at El Paso—Low Impact Development (LID) Structures for Groundwater Management and Watershed Protection in the AMRC10 Watershed, El Paso Texas;
  • Nathan Matlock (advisor: Dr. Daniel Roelke), Texas A&M University—Does native freshwater vegetation from Texas affect golden algae, Prymnesium parvum, bloom dynamics?
  • Kyna McKee (advisor: Dr. Patricia Smith), Texas A&M University—Watershed Protection Plan Development for the Geronimo Creek Watershed;
  • Carolina Mendez (advisor: Drs. Mary Jo Kirisits and Kerry A. Kinney), The University of Texas— Trihalomethane Formation Potential in Rainwater Harvested from Different Roofing Materials;
  • Xubin Pan (advisor: Dr. Kim D. Jones), Texas A&M University-Kingsville—Design and evaluation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for urban stormwater quality improvement in South Texas;
  • Sa’d Shannak (advisor: Dr. Bruce Lesikar), Texas A&M University— Rainwater Harvesting as a Stormwater Best Management Practice;
  • Catherine Simpson (advisor: Dr. Shad D. Nelson), Texas A&M University-Kingsville—Impact of Saline Irrigation Water on Citrus Rootstocks in the Lower Rio Grande Valley;
  • Bailey Sullivan (advisor: Dr. R. Karthikeyan), Texas A&M University—Anthropogenic Influence on Tetracycline Resistance in a Rapidly Urbanizing Texas Stream.
For more information about the grant program and students’ projects, visit the USGS Web site.

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