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The OSU TGDA Seminar will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, April 6 at 4:00 pm. The speaker this week is Wako Bungula from University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.

Title: Classification of Ecological States using Topological Data Analysis

Please use the following Zoom link to join the seminar:


Meeting ID: 936 5507 2251

Passcode: 042320

2021 accomplishments for ICASALS

Research and Grants

  • Graduate student (Sufia Akter Neha) in Masters of Arid Land Studies program published a manuscript entitled "Resource partitioning and niche overlap between hoolock gibbon (Hoolock hoolock) and other frugivorous vertebrates in a tropical semi-evergreen forest". https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10329-021-00888-9 
  • Sufia Akter Neha has been awarded "Graduate Student Research Support-Spring 2021".

2020 accomplishments for ICASALS


  • Submitted, in collaboration with national and international partners, grant proposals for over $2.5 Million dollars to federal funding agencies.
  • Developed new collaborations with national and international Arid Lands Research Institutes in Brazil, Chile, and Kenya.
  • Initiated and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Texas Tech University and the Universidade Federal de Paraiba.  This MOU allows for the exchange of faculty and students and the submission of joint collaborative proposals.


  • Reinvigorated the Master's on Arid Lands by recruiting and accepting four new students into the program.
  • Graduate students in the Masters on Arid Lands program submitted two small grants (National Geographic, Texas Academy of Sciences) and one prestigious Scholarship (American Association of University Women).
  • Students in this program submitted 3 manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and one edited book.
  • Participated in Global One Health Summer Institute in Ethiopia over summer 2020.


  • Launched “Frontiers in International Research” seminar series in the Fall of 2020. This seminar series highlights Texas Tech University's Research and Education programs – and/or those of collaborating and partnering institutions – that promote the goal of excellence in international research, scholarship, and creative activity.  Over 350 people, from 8 different countries, participated in the four virtual seminars of the Fall semester.
  • Developed and reorganized the ICASALS webpage to include a “News of Interest” section where we highlight the most important research findings germane to the goals of ICASALS.  These are highlights of the current literature (within a week of publication) that are important to the community.
  • Developed Arid Lands vignettes which highlight species, ecosystems, and processes unique to Arid and Semi-Arid Lands environments.
  • Sponsored “High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World's Dry Lands”.