Llano River Field Station receives education and public service award
The Llano River Field Station, the strategic arm of the Texas Tech University Center at Junction, has been presented this year's 'Education and Public Service Award' by the Universities Council on Water Resources. Researchers at the field station, including several from the Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, collaborate on studying and solving the issues of the region and beyond, including watershed, range science and environmental education and public engagement.
Program officials noted at the award recognizes individuals, groups or institutions that have contributed to increasing the public awareness of water resources development, use and management in the natural, biological and social sciences. It was presented during an annual conference by the Universities Council on Water Resources, the National Institutes for Water Resources and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences in Henderson, Nev.
Tom Arsuffi, a professor and director of the field station, credited the collaboration of the staff, which includes the Texas Tech University Center at Junction director of operations Robert Stubblefield and assistant director Karen Lopez, with the station's success in providing a multitude of quality scholarly and educational opportunities.
"One of our mantras is, 'it takes a village,'" Arsuffi said. "This award is not just for the Llano River Field Station, it is for our entire community of agencies, K-12 schools, Texas Tech University colleges, departments and many others with which we work and partner. It validates that we are making a difference in water, natural resources and environmental education."
As the largest inland field station in Texas, it is bisected by the headwaters of the South Llano River and located in a large (25-plus counties) and biologically diverse area of the state, allowing undergraduate and graduate students from several universities to conduct research on the local watershed and riverbank habitats. Research is conducted throughout the region, while courses from several Texas Tech departments and colleges are offered during the spring, intersession and summer semesters.
Among the CASNR professors recently working at the field station are:" Warren Conway, Bricker Endowed Chair in Wildlife Management, Department of Natural Resources Management" Robert Cox, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources Management" Tim Grabowski, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources Management" Blake Grisham, Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources Management" Terry McLendon, Research Professor of Ecosystem Modeling & Large-Scale Watershed Dynamics, Department of Plant and Soil Science" Charles West, Thornton Distinguished Chair of Plant and Soil Science, Department of Plant and Soil Science
Located in the TTU Center at Junction's Lantana Lab and Jupiter House on the banks of the South Llano River, the station allows undergraduate and graduate students from several universities to conduct research on the local watershed and riverbank habitats.
Research is conducted at the Walter Buck Wildlife Management Center, while courses from the biology department are offered during the spring, intersession and summer semesters. In addition, the Texas Tech Center at Junction provides classrooms, laboratories and living and dining facilities for both undergraduate and graduate students who are conducting research or taking classes at the facility.
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