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Elizabeth (Izzy) Agpalo is the recipient of the Anna M. Jackson Award, a Graduate Student Honoraria Award from the American Society of Mammalogists for their research. She will have the honor of presenting her research at the opening Plenary Session of the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists in June 2021. It comes with a $2000 stipend.

James McGee and Lyall Blanche received travel grants from the American Society of Mammalogists to present their master's thesis research at the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists in June 2021.

Dr. Brendan L. Lavy will join the Department of Environmental Sciences in fall 2020 as an assistant professor in the area of sustainability science. He has teaching and research interests in urban sustainability and resilience, disaster recovery and reconstruction, and environmental resource management. Within these areas, his research projects include studying how municipal environmental ordinances and their outcomes support urban sustainability initiatives, how the recovery of parks and protected places influences the recovery of communities impacted by disasters, and how drought and urban growth affect across to water resources. His research is primarily Texas-based with ongoing projects in Central Texas and the Texas Coastal Bend. Dr. Lavy will teach Introduction to Sustainability Science in the fall.

We have a funding in the form of tuition waiver and stipend to support one to two outstanding student(s) in the master’s level to work in a collaborative project between the Department of Environmental Sciences and Institute of Ranch Management starting Fall 2020/Spring 2021. The student(s) will have opportunity to enhance their research skills and experience in hydrology and native grasses ranch management. The primary responsibilities of the student(s) will be to (i) analyze existing weather station data along with grazing management and forage clip data, (ii) collect species surveys and forage clips as well as the onsite hydrological data from the TCU’s Living Lab research site, and (iii) disseminate the research findings via conference presentations and journal publications. Successful candidates should possess an undergraduate degree in environmental science, agriculture, natural resources or related field. Students with an outstanding academic record, GIS and data-analysis skills (ArcGIS, Excel, Statistics) and past research/field-work experience are preferred. Interested candidates may contact Dr. Gehendra Kharel (, principal investigator) or Professor Becky Johnson ( for more information about this opportunity.

Interested candidates should apply to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Science in the College of Science and Engineering using the following link: Be sure to include an application for financial aid. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.