ESSM seminar series "Savanna Systems: Patterns, Processes, and Problems" 

Upcoming seminar details:
Tuesday, September 19, 4:00-5:00 PM
AGLS 115
Lightning Panel Discussion: 
Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe (Ocean Engineering)
Dr. Ben Wu (ESSM)
Dr. Fred Smeins (ESSM)
Snacks and beverages provided
Please join us after the seminar for a social gathering at 5:30 p.m. at Blackwater Draw in Northgate.


Texas Plant Protection Conference: Call for Abstracts

The Texas Plant Protection Conference is once again requesting abstracts for participation in the poster session of the conference on December 5-6, 2017. Any researcher can present a poster, but students are encouraged to participate in the student poster competition, which awards cash prizes to the top three winners. Conference registration is free to students participating in the poster competition. This year student posters will split and compete on a Ph.D. and an M.S. level. The deadline for abstracts is NOVEMBER 1. Please visit the link below for more details on poster guidelines and abstract template.


Water Security Speaker Series


We are pleased to introduce the new Water Security Speaker Series, a collaborative effort hosted through the College of Geosciences, the Bush School, and the Law School. Our inaugural speaker will be Dr. Aaron Wolf. Dr. Wolf is a professor of Geography at Oregon State University and is one of the world's leading experts on transboundary water conflict and cooperation. On Monday, Sept. 18th, from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm in MSC 2404, Dr. Aaron Wolf will be joining us to share his knowledge and experience on conflict and cooperation over shared waters. 

For graduate students interested in meeting Dr. Aaron Wolf, there will be a pizza lunch from 12:20pm-1:20pm in AGLS 501. Please click on the following link to RSVP, space is limited to 28, so sign up early!

Please share this invitation with students, faculty, and staff that may be interested in attending this speaker series and hearing Dr. Wolf's discussion.


 Recruiting for the Wonderful Company

Hi Everyone: 

Re: Wonderful Company Strategy Group job opportunities and Oct 9 – 10 campus recruiting events; APPLY BY SEPT 24

I’m writing to let you know you about The Wonderful Company Strategy Group’s upcoming recruiting efforts on campus on Monday Oct 9 – Tuesday Oct 10. See the attached flyer that details their events while on campus and the job descriptions for the positions they’re recruiting for. 

First as background, The Wonderful Company is a $4B leading agribusiness and food and beverage company based in CA. Their well-recognized brands include Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds, Wonderful Halo mandarins, POM Wonderful pomegranates, and FIJI Water. Their in-house strategy consulting group is used to solve some of the company’s biggest challenges related to business optimization, operational efficiency, technology, and marketing. Their Strategy Group has been recruiting at A&M for the past 5 years and their team includes multiple A&M alum. They are back at A&M this year, recruiting at the graduate level for both a full time consultant position and summer internship.   

Their events on campus are a way for you to learn more about Wonderful and to meet several of their team members. I encourage you all to attend. The events include the following:

  1. Info Session: 10/9 @ 12:00-1:30pm
  2. Happy Hour at Chimy’s: 10/9 @ 6:00-8:00pm
  3. Practice Case Interview Seminar: 10/10 @ 9:00-10:30am
  4. Interviews will be scheduled during the two days on either side of these events

If you are interested in applying, please email Madysen ( for more information. The Wonderful team will be conducting interviews while they are on-campus. To be considered, please APPLY BY SUNDAY, SEPT 24.

Thanks and good luck!



Applying for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Are you interested in receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship?  If yes, then please review the following eligibility requirements below to see if you can apply

Additional information about the GFRP - Official program announcement and information, information for awarded fellows, FAQ guides, and information for coordinating officials

GRFP Fellows receive the following:
Three years of support
$34,000 annual stipend
$12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution
International research and professional development opportunities

The following are categories of applicants that are INELIGIBLE:

·         Current NSF employees.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ashley Gustafson Seabury at or at 979-845-6820.


Click here for student accomplishment form:


  P.O.W.E.R. Writing Studios Registration

Are you “stuck” in your writing? Guess what? We can help!

·  Are you a Ph.D./Ed.D. student just needing writing inspiration OR a Master student writing a thesis or publication?

·   Do you struggle to write your academic papers?

·   Are you overwhelmed with the amount of writing you have to do?


Fill out a REQUEST Form* to request to join a POWER Writing Studio this September 2017 ( 


Introduction to Research Data Management for graduate students workshop series

The University Libraries is offering an Introduction to Research Data Management workshop series open to all Texas A&M University graduate students, regardless of academic discipline.
This 6-week series is an introduction and has no prerequisites. It provides an overview of good practices, tools, tips, and resources for effective management of digital data, including:
- Data formatting for easy analysis.
- File organization and naming conventions for identification.
- Quality control for integrity.
- Documentation and version control for tracking changes and roll-back.
- Managing storage for security.
- Back-up procedures for redundancy.
- Policies for sharing and reuse.
- Archiving and preservation for future accessibility.
Exercises and hands-on activities are key elements of the workshops, and active participation is expected.
The series is offered in 2 sections, Monday evenings or Thursday evenings for 6 weeks. Students commit to the full series when they register online.
Section 1
Mondays 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
September 25 – October 30, 2017
Section 2
Thursdays 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
September 28 – November 2, 2017
Registration opens on August 21 at 9:00 am.
Spaces are limited to 18 participants for each section. A waitlist will be available to express interest.
Thank you,
Anna Dabrowski


GIS Workshop Series 

Join us for a crash course in GIS! In Fall 2017, the Geospatial Librarian will lead a cohort of 15 participants through five workshops.

Designed for the true beginner, the series will give you a foundation in geographic information systems and how you can apply it to your research and career.

 Learn how to make print and web maps for your projects. Bring your curiosity and project ideas, and we'll provide the rest!

Participants will receive a receipt of completion for attending all five workshops.

Register here:

 Fridays September 8 - October 6.

Registration is required. All members of the community are welcome to register, and no GIS experience is necessary.


 TSSRM Annual Meeting

The Texas Section Society for Range Management (TSSRM) will be holding our annual meeting in San Angelo, TX on October 11th-13th. The theme for the meeting this year is “Overcoming Ecological Challenges: Providing for Long-term Profitability”. 
This meeting has an outstanding program that’ll include a welcome mixer, excellent general session, and ranch tour. A recent focus by TSSRM has been instilled to encourage undergraduate and graduate student attendance and participation with the establishment of the Don Pendleton Memorial College Awards. Last year our student participation increased, however, our goal is to have higher attendance. I would like to encourage each of you to have students from your university attend and participate by submitting an abstract for a poster or oral presentation. Topics may focus on the theme for the meeting this year or be related to rangeland or wildlife ecology. The top 8 abstracts will be selected to give an oral presentation during the general session of the meeting. Cash award prizes will be given to the top 3 oral presentations and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd undergraduate and graduate student poster presentations.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to perform preliminary analyses of data collected over the past several months or present the final results of research that was performed by the student. Please see the attached announcement and agenda for more information. Additional announcements will be sent in the bi-monthly TSSRM Grass Roots Newsletter. Please contact me with any questions at, cell: 210-776-5582 or Humberto Perotto at
I hope many of you can attend!! I’ll look forward to seeing many students and professionals from academic institutions and other organizations from across the state!


Graduate Student Research and Presentation Travel Award Guidelines 

The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Graduate Research and Presentation Travel Award provides educational opportunities that reimburses up to $1,000 for travel expenses associated with academic conferences, research projects, and study abroad or internships in the United States and abroad.

For more information, click here:


The National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) will be held August 26-30, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

 Call for Session Proposals

Experts from the science and restoration community are invited to assist with developing the conference agenda by proposing a session. Conference topics of focus are provided on the Session Themes and Topics but don't feel limited to these areas. NCER seeks to capture all emerging issues and new ideas.

Conference Purpose

NCER provides an interactive forum for physical, biological, and social scientists, engineers, resource managers, planners, and policy makers to share their experiences and research results concerning large-scale ecosystem restoration on both national and international levels. This conference provides specialized training and networking opportunities for ecological and environmental professionals working together to meet the challenges of ecosystem restoration.

Who Should Attend?

NCER is a collaborative effort. If you are a scientist, engineer, manager, or policy maker and are actively involved in and/or affected by all aspects of ecosystem restoration, you do not want to miss this conference! Individuals interested in planning and management activities such as setting goals, objectives, and performance standards by which to measure success should be sure to attend. Click here for more on who should attend.

Session Proposals are due October 1, 2017 

Visit the website to download a proposal template!