Post Docs and Students

Current Post-Doctoral Researchers

  • Dr. Kyungsun Lee (Ph.D. SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry 2018)
    • Dr. Lee is the lead researcher on the sectoral analysis of the global water desalination and water reuse (GDWR) for the TAMU Presidential X-Grant. She leverages her expertise in sustainable transitions and industrial ecology to develop a comparative framework for our case study analysis.

Current Graduate Students

  • Anna Van der Grift, Ph.D. Chair, Geography
    • Research topic: Water governance, water security and climate change in the peatlands of highland Peru
  • Flavia Bonolo Dantas, Ph.D., Chair, Geography
    • Research topic: Household water insecurity and climate adaptation in Brazil
  • Amy Truong, M.S., Chair, Water Management and Hydrological Sciences Program
    • Research topic: Transboundary water governance
  • Kelli Condina, M.S., Chair, Geography, 
    • Research topic: Small water systems and water (in)security in Greater Houston area

Former Graduate Students

  • Sydney Beckner, M.S., 2018, Chair, Geography
    • Research Topic: Groundwater governance and Vista Ridge Inter-aquifer Pipeline in Central Texas
    • Notable Achievements: Co-authored paper to be submitted to Society and Natural Resources
  • Heather Lee, Ph.D. 2016, Chair, Doctoral Dissertation Project: “Where does the “soft path” lead?: Irrigation technologies and water conservation in Central Mexico”
    • Notable Achievements: NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (2014);  CONACYT Fellow (TAMU); NSF PASI Trainee; Glasscock Graduate Fellowship (2013-2014); coauthored paper in Environment and Planning A (with Jepson); Texas A&M Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2015)
  • Swetha Peteru, Ph.D. 2016, Chair, Doctoral Dissertation Project: Linking Management Practices to Plant Species and Genetic Diversity in Agroforestry Systems”
    • Notable Achievements: Applied Biodiversity Science Associate; Whole Systems Genomics Initiative Catalyst Grant (With Cairns); Graduate Diversity Fellowship; Applied Biodiversity Science Amazon Field School Grant; Glasscock Graduate Fellowship (2013-2014); Society of Women Geographers Pruitt Fellowship (2014-2015); Texas A&M Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2016)
  • Tianna Bruno, M.S. 2016, Chair, “Market-Based Environmental Justice: A Study of EPA Showcase Communities”
    • Notable Achievements: Society of Women Geographers National Minority Pruitt Fellowship (2015); Fellow, AGEP (Advancing Interdisciplinary STEM Graduate Education in Energy and Sustainability Disciplines)
    • Currently PhD Student, Geography Program, UC Davis
  • Audrey Joslin, Ph.D. 2015, Geography, Chair, Doctoral Dissertation: “Labor and Territory in Environmental Governance Regimes for Biodiversity Conservation in Ecuador’s Paramo”
    • Notable Achievements: IGERT Trainee; NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (2013); Texas A&M Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2014-2015)
    • Currently Assistant Professor, Geography, Kansas State University 
  • Emily Vandewalle, MS Geography, 2014, Chair; Master’s Thesis: “From Emergency to Fix: Point-of-use Water FiltrationTechnology in Colonias along the United States-Mexico Border”
    • Notable Achievements: published two papers with Jepson from graduate work. Emily, who has worked in the Texas Water Research Institute since graduating, will be begin a year working with a water NGO in the Philippine
    • Co-authored two papers with Jepson (The Professional Geographer; GEO)
  • Abhineety Goel, Ph.D., Geography, 2013, Chair
    Doctoral Dissertation: “Institutional Change and Resource Security in the Omkareshwar National Park Complex, India.

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