Llano River Field Station Staff
Thomas L. Arsuffi, PhDDirector
Tom Arsuffi is Director of the Llano River Field Station at Texas Tech University in Junction. He received his Ph.D. at New Mexico State University in 1984 and did a post doctorate at the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island and Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. His research interests are in aquatic and watershed ecology and environmental education. He teaches courses in Aquatic Biology, General Ecology, Stream Ecology, Environmental Impact Analysis, Invasive Species Ecology, Scientific Method in Aquatic Resources and Wetlands Ecology. He has publications in leading ecological journals and given invited and contributed presentations on his work at national and international aquatic, ecological and scientific meetings.
Dr. Arsuffi advises the Texas Tech Outdoor School program, a national award winning and twice Texas High School Project recognized Exemplar, with a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based curriculum that incorporates the use of hands-on, inquiry based learning approaches aligned with TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) state-mandated curriculum that teaches students science through the use of the outdoor environment.
Dr. Arsuffi serves as chair of the Science Committee of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan. His Llano River Field Station won the 2015 Public Education and Service Award from the national Universities Council on Water Resources and he provided a Congressional Science Briefing for Policy Makers on role of Field Stations as Partners for Advancing Research, Education, and Public Engagement.
Tyson BroadWatershed Coordinator
Tyson Broad is the Watershed Coordinator for the Llano River Field Station at Texas Tech University in Junction. In this role, he oversees the implementation of the Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan, a 10-year stakeholder-driven strategy for maintaining healthy ecological conditions in the watershed.
Tyson co-founded the South Llano Watershed Alliance (now Llano River Watershed Alliance) in 2008, a landowner and stakeholder group committed to protecting and enhancing the watersheds in and around the Llano. Tyson prepared Land of the Living Waters, Headwaters of the Llano and James River-the Unknown River of Central Texas reports for the Alliance. He is the editor of the Alliance's weekly newsletter.
Prior to joining the Llano River Field Station, Tyson worked for the Texas Living Waters Project for 11 years where he focused on a wide variety of Texas water issues including groundwater management, environmental flows preservation, water planning, and desalination. Tyson also worked nine years for the US Geological Survey in Portland, Oregon.
He has a BS in Geography from Texas A&M University and an MS in Geography from Oregon State University.