New faces join TWRI’s water team

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s (TWRI) water team continues to increase its expertise and capabilities, adding three members within the last year: Clare Entwistle, Brian Jonescu and Victor Gutierrez.

Brian Jonescu and Clare Entwistle
Brian Jonescu and Clare Entwistle

Entwistle, who joined TWRI as a graduate research assistant in 2014, became a research associate in April 2016. In this position, she provides leadership for various research and extension projects. Currently, she is working on the Matagorda Basins project, where she will be working with stakeholders as well as state and local governments to develop a watershed protection plan for the Tres Palacios Watershed.

Entwistle received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in biology from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Texas A&M University’s Water Management and Hydrological Science Program.

As a research assistant, Jonescu provides leadership for the various water quality monitoring projects performed by the institute. Currently, he is leading a group of TWRI graduate students in monitoring water quality in the Navasota River, Little River, Lake O’ the Pines and Tres Palacios Creek watersheds. He also works on various research and extension projects including watershed protection plans, watershed characterizations and quality assurance plans.

Jonescu initially joined TWRI as a graduate student researcher in 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Baylor University in 2013 and is currently working on his master’s degree in Texas A&M’s Water Management and Hydrological Science Program.

Gutierrez is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service assistant for the institute and works on implementing the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan in Weslaco. Through the Cost Share Education project, he helps coordinate and facilitate the project’s local activities, including working with commodity groups and AgriLife Extension agents to plan and implement field days and educational meetings.

Prior to joining the institute in July 2015, Gutierrez was a research assistant with Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he earned a bachelor of science in general agriculture.