Water Security Initiative (WSI) Associates include Texas A&M faculty and staff actively engaged in research, education, and/or outreach that relate to WSI core themes. WSI Associates work across the colleges and engage in both individual and collaborative activities. All are welcome. Please contact Dr. Jepson, WSI Lead, if you would like to join WSI Associates.
College of Geosciences
Rodrigo Bombardi. Assistant Professor, Geography. Dr. Bombardi is a climatologist who researches monsoons, with particular focus on sub-seasonal/intraseasonal predictability identifying the onset and demise dates of the rainy season in Brazil. His research on predictability is critical for urban and rural water security planning.
Wendy Jepson (WSI Lead), Professor, Geography and Water Management and Hydrological Sciences Program. Dr. Jepson studies water governance, environmental justice, and water security, paying special attention to domestic drinking water provision among low-income communities. She conducts research in the US, Costa Rica, and Brazil.
Peter Knappett, Assistant Professor, Geology & Geophysics. Dr. Knappett studies the natural and anthropogenic processes which impact groundwater quality and quantity. He is interested in quantifying the impact of intensive groundwater pumping on regional groundwater quality in regions with problems with arsenic and fluoride. Dr. Knappett conducts research in Mexico and Bangladesh.
Judy Nunez, Director of Recruitment, Representative of Wine-to-Water. Ms. Nunez collaborates with Dr. Jepson on the high-impact experiences for students in the College of Geosciences and co-leads the water security service-learning project in Costa Rica.
Kathleen O’Reilly, Associate Professor, Geography and Water Management and Hydrological Sciences Program. Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly studies the social and environmental impacts of development projects, especially those working toward improvements in health through gendered drinking water, sanitation, poverty interventions. Dr. O’Reilly conducts research in India, where she has worked for over 18 years.
Courtney Thompson, Assistant Professor, Geography. Dr. Thompson’s research in human-environment interactions examines relationships between social systems and natural hazard impacts using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, including GIS, survey analysis, and spatial statistics. Her current research examines how multi-scalar indicators influence vulnerability using spatial, multilevel statistical models. Other current research projects are focused on identifying and quantifying the impact of risk perception and agency indicators on community vulnerability through the statistical analysis of survey data to enhance community scale hazard mitigation assessments with non-traditional vulnerability indicators.
Hongbin Zhan, Professor, Endowed Ray C. Fish Professor of Geology, Geology & Geophysics. Dr. Zhan conducts research on groundwater hydrology, flow and transport in geologic formations.
Bush School of Government and Public Service
Kent Portney, Professor & Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy. Dr. Portney’s areas of expertise include environmental policy, urban sustainability, urban politics, economic inequality, and policy analysis. He currently leads a research group on transboundary groundwater governance.
Mary Hilderbrand, Senior Lecturer. Dr. Hilderbrand examines the politics of economic reform, institutional capacity, development assistance, reform of the state, and the role of politics and governance in development. She participates in a research program on US-Mexico transboundary groundwater governance and is working to develop research partnerships with Mexican scholars.
Texas A&M Law School
Gabriel Eckstein, Professor of Law. Professor Eckstein’s research broadly address water and environmental issues, including the pharmaceutical contamination of fresh water supplies, climate change implications for global water resources and international law for transboundary ground water resources.
Vanessa Casado-Perez, Associate Professor of Law and Research Associate Professor. Professor Casado-Peréz is a leading scholar on property and natural resources law. In several publications, she explores the role of property rights in water scarcity mitigation.
College of Liberal Arts
Manuel Teodoro, Associate Professor, Political Science. Dr. Teodoro’s scholarship stands at the nexus of politics, public policy, and public management. His research focuses on U.S. environmental policy, examining the ways in which human capital, management practices, and political institutions condition the implementation of federal environmental regulations. He pursues a line of applied policy research on water utility finance and management, and has developed new methods for assessing rate equity and affordability.
School of Public Health
Genny Carrillo, Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health. Dr. Carrillo examines health disparities and environmental health interventions to address public health challenges of asthma, obesity, and diabetes among Latino communities and in Mexico.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ari Michelson. Professor and Resident Director of The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at El Paso. His research includes studies on the effectiveness of agricultural and residential water conservation programs, water markets and prices, impacts of endangered species water acquisition programs, air and water quality regulatory impacts and decision support systems for river basin resource management and water policy analysis in the U.S., China, and Chile
Georgianne Moore, Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management. Dr. Moore is an expert in ecohydrology and tree physiology. Her research explores the role of vegetation in the water cycle and how vegetation management/change affects water resources. Dr. Moore conducts research in Texas and Costa Rica.
Rosario Sanchez Flores. As a research scientist for the Texas Water Resources Institute, Dr. Rosario Sanchez Flores is working on the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Act Program to integrate research and data on transboundary aquifers between Mexico and Texas. She has 15 years of academic and work experience on transboundary issues between Mexico and the United States and has been working and publishing on transboundary water issues at international and binational level since 2006.