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Welcome to the TeCSIS Research Program


Associated with Plant & Soil Science at Texas Tech University

The Texas Coalition for Sustainable Integrated Systems Research Program (TeCSIS) is part of the Plant & Soil Science Department at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Our program is multidisciplinary with large interaction from various departments, universities, state agencies, government entities, companies, commodity groups and producers.

Photo of Chuck WestDr. Chuck West, Ph.D. is the Thornton Distinguished Chair of Plant & Soil Science with Texas Tech University, directing the research and coordinating our overall TeCSIS-TAWC program (Texas Coalition for Sustainable Integrated Systems Research and the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation). He received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, and received his Ph.D. in Crop Production/Physiology in 1981 from Iowa State University.

Dr. West is a fellow in Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). He received the Researcher of the Year Award in 1991 and again in 2003 from the Arkansas Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists, a Merit Award in 1993 from the American Forage and Grassland Council, an Outstanding Service Award in 1995 from the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council, Teaching Award of Merit in 2004 from Gamma Sigma Delta- University of Arkansas Chapter, received the Fulbright Research Scholarship in 2005 from the Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange, and the John W. White Team Award in 2012 from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture for "Developing and Revising the Arkansas Phosphorus Index". In 2015 he received the Service/Outreach Award from Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Dr. West's Society participation includes the American Society of Agronomy, American Forage and Grassland Council, Crop Science Society of America, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, Phi Beta Delta Society of International Scholars and Sigma Xi.

In 2020, Dr. Chuck West was named an Integrated Scholar at Texas Tech University. Integrated Scholars are faculty who excel at combining research, teaching, and outreach to the community. Dr. West and associates have engaged students and producers in the classroom and field to connect research to practice.

His research program concentrates on quantifying the water use of forage crops and pastures as affected by grazing management in an effort to integrate forages into row-crop systems as a way to reduce the use of irrigation water while sustaining profitability in our agricultural systems. 

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Photo of Philip BrownMr. Philip Brown, M.S. is Senior Research Associate for the Thornton Distinguished Chair and program manager of our TeCSIS-TAWC research program in charge of overall field, laboratory, office and computer operations, as well as supervision of all forage personnel. He received his B.S. degree from Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX in 1983 and his M.S. in Crop Science from Texas Tech University in 1987. Mr. Brown became the full time Research Associate for the Forage Research Program in 1989 under Dr. Jerry Matches after a brief separation from Texas Tech working for the Texas A&M Agricultural Experiment Station, Lubbock, TX. He has since served three different Thornton Chair Programs in the Forage Research program at Texas Tech since returning in 1989.

Primary responsibilities include research and graduate student training and provides leadership in interacting with the public, producers, and industry partners for this large multidisciplinary research and education program focusing on grazing lands and water conservation. Mr. Brown received an Outstanding Achievement Award from Texas Tech in 1993, an Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to the Advancement of Agricultural Science and Education award from the College of Agriculture in 2003, the Top Techsan Staff Award in 2005 from the Texas Tech Alumni Association, the CASNR Research Staff Award in 2009, and a 30 year Service Award in 2016 from Texas Tech.

In 2020, Mr. Brown was awarded the Texas Tech Chancellor's Award of Excellence which is the highest honor that a staff member can receive for his or her dedication to the Texas Tech community. 

Additional duties include web design and webmaster, class instruction, technical support, experimental field research systems design and implementation, and all computer graphic and presentation development as well as office and field administration. He is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America. 


Photo of Rick KellisonMr. Rick Kellison, M.S. has been the Project Director for the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Program (TAWC) for CASNR since 2005. He attended Lockney High School from 1963-1967 and received his B.S. degree in Animal Business in 1972 and his M.S. degree in Ruminant Nutrition in 1974 from Texas Tech University. He previously owned and operated Kellison Fertilizer and Spraying from 1978-1998 selling to Wilbur-Ellis and acting as their Branch Manager from 1998-2005. He currently owns Silver Creek Farms, a registered cow/calf operation near Lockney, Texas.

Awards include a 2004 CASNR Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to Agriculture Award and an Environmental Stewardship Award from the West Texas Ag Chemical Conference. He received the 2016 Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award of Merit from Gamma Sigma Delta at Texas Tech, the 2016 CASNR Research Staff Award and the 2016 Texas Tech Chancellor's Staff Award of Excellence.

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 Photo of Paul GreenMr. Paul Green, B.S. is our field Farm Manager responsible for equipment, data collection, sample preparation, and field maintenance and operations at our New Deal Agricultural Field Laboratory 6 miles east of New Deal and North of Idalou, TX. He received his B.S. degree in University Studies from Texas Tech University in 2010. Mr. Green assists graduate students with projects and has primary responsibility in animal care, feeding and observation. He maintains our forage equipment and New Deal Farm facilities as well as maintains the farm public water supply. Paul brings extensive experience in drip irrigation, data collection and organizational skills, as well as surveying and supervisory skills and has been with our program currently as a Unit Manger since 2005.

Mr. Green has received the 2015 CASNR Research Staff award and the 2019 Masked Rider Award.

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