TWRI awards three USGS Graduate Research Grants

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has awarded 2023-24 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Graduate Research Grants to three Texas A&M University students for water-related research projects.

The grant recipients are: 

  • Jordan Anderson, Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Advisor: Bradford Wilcox, Ph.D. Research: Ecohydrology of Yaupon Holly.
  • Reid Buskirk, Department of Geology and Geophysics, College of Arts and Sciences. Advisor: Peter Knappett, Ph.D. Research: Constraining How Riverbank Microbe Communities Influence Watershed Scale Denitrification.
  • Brandon Hardiman, Department of Water Management and Hydrological Science, College of Arts and Sciences. Advisor: Itza Mendoza-Sanchez, Ph.D. Research: The Impact of Artificial Aquifer Recharge on the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance in the Hueco Bolson Aquifer.

Since 2001, TWRI has awarded more than $742,000 in USGS grants to support 137 students in water resources-related fields. TWRI administers the program with funds from USGS through the National Institutes for Water Resources, through the Water Resources Research Act of 1984. 

TWRI’s USGS Graduate Research Program will begin accepting applications for September 2024 – August 2024 in January 2024, and the program is open to graduate students at all universities in Texas. Read more details about the USGS Graduate Research Program.


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