Student Researchers

TAMU Geography Student Researchers

Petra Garza is a senior student at Texas A&M University and this is her second semester working on the project. She is majoring in Environmental studies with a focus in Global Environment systems. She is a member of the environmental program involvement committee. She went on a mission trip to Haiti to teach the people about clean water and to bring the resources for clean water filters. Ever since that mission trip, she has been passionate about bringing people clean water.

Cierra George is a junior Environmental Studies major at Texas A&M University. Currently, she is involved on campus as treasurer of the Environmental Programs Involvement Committee, student council member on the TAMU Honor Council, and an officer in her christian sorority Kappa Phi Beta. Cierra has been a member of the Texas A&M chapter of Wine to Water since her freshman year, where she embraces her passion for the global water crisis through service-based action. 

Kendahl Hejl is a freshman Honors student at Texas A&M University. Majoring in Geographic Information Science and Technology, she has chosen the Human Systems track because of her interest in social sciences and human resources. Kendahl is a committee member of The Student Geosciences Council, and a member of The Geography Society. She is involved in a class and service learning project regarding the global water crisis, a topic she has always been passionate about.

Brooke Salisbury is a senior at Texas A&M University where she majors in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography. This is her second semester on the project. In the summer of 2019, she was a Mickey Leland Environmental Intern for Oncor Electric, where she worked in waste management. She is an active member in several organizations on campus such as the Student Geosciences Council where she is the secretary and part of the Corporate Relations committee, a member in Women in Geosciences, and the Environmental Programs Involvement Committee. She became interested in working with water and the world water crisis after going to Costa Rica for a service learning.

Texas A&M Law Students

Seth Boettcher is a second year J.D. candidate at Texas A&M University School of Law.  He graduated with a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech University in 2017.  In addition to researching municipal water infrastructure and freshwater alternatives in El Paso, Texas for Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Seth serves as a teaching assistant for the Academic Support program at law school.  During summer 2018, he interned with Federal Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell in the Eastern District of Texas. Seth’s career interests include energy, environmental, natural resources, and intellectual property law.  His research interests include environmental law, land use, and property rights.


Heather Dyer is a second year J.D. candidate at Texas A&M University School of Law.  Prior to law school, Heather received her Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs where she concentrated in public finance and researched alternative funding models for higher education institutions.  While working on her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she worked at the Texas Capitol and assisted various legislators with policy analysis related to transportation, higher education, finance, and natural resources.  Heather currently serves as Vice-President of the Public Interest Law Fellowship and plans on pursuing a career in litigation after graduation.  Her areas of interest are tax, natural resources, and the intersection of law and policy.


Daniel Howell is a third year J.D. candidate at Texas A&M University School of Law focusing on natural resources law.  He has conducted research on international treaties and transboundary water agreements in relation to Israeli-Palestinian wastewater policy while interning with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel.  He also researched the European Union’s history, structure, and operations and how, in the future, it may take on characteristics of a federal government.  Currently, Daniel is working with Professor Nancy Welsh researching mediation observational data, and conducting a comparative study for Professor Eckstein on desalination opportunities in Israel and Texas.  Following law school, he plans to work for state government or a non-governmental agency.


Alexis Long is a second year J.D. candidate at Texas A&M University School of Law, and serves as a teaching assistant for Academic Support; Torts; and Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis courses.  She graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree in bioenvironmental sciences from Texas A&M in 2016.  Alexis’ professional interests include water, natural resources, and environmental law.  Her research interest includes domestic and international water and property rights, and she is presently comparing municipal water infrastructure in the West Bank and Puerto Rico for a class project.  She is also conducting research on municipal water infrastructure in Los Angeles, California and Sandbranch, Texas.  During summer 2018, Alexis spent two weeks in Israel studying water rights and dispute resolution among institutions and communities in Israel, as well as between Israelis and Palestinians.


Elizabeth Ramey is a third year J.D. candidate at Texas A&M University School of Law where she is focusing on energy and environmental law.  Elizabeth obtained her Bachelor in Environmental Geoscience from Texas A&M where she researched the use of ocean buoyancy gliders to monitor the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, oxygen isotopes in mollusk shells to measure seasonality in Panama, and biodiversity impacts from modernization in the Peruvian Amazon.  In law school, Elizabeth has researched land titling in Ghana, water law and policy in Israel, and renewable energy incentives and barriers in the US.  She is the managing editor of Federal Taxation of Oil and Gas Transactions and is a research assistant for several professors in tax, energy, water, and intellectual property law.  She is also a citations editor on the Texas A&M Law Review.  During summer 2018, Elizabeth interned with the Department of Energy’s Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C.