Student Researchers

Texas A&M Undergraduate Students

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.

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 of several organizations on campus such as the Student Geosciences Council where she is the secretary and part of the Corporate Relations Committee, a member of 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 Graduate Students

Prabodh Gedam is a Master of Public Service and Administration candidate (exp. 2021) at The Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Victoria Harrington is a second year Masters student in Department of Geography.

Nichole Mehlhaff is a second year Masters student in the Department of Geography.

Anna Van Degrift is a 3rd year Ph.D student in the Department of Geography.

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.

Courtney Gately is a second-year J.D. candidate at Texas A&M University School of Law and serves as a research assistant focusing on international and domestic water law and legal leadership development. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. In addition to researching municipal water infrastructure and freshwater alternatives in Perth, Australia, her research interests include the relationship between water quality and water quantity, as well as the connection between agricultural and environmental issues. Last summer, Courtney interned with Resource Environmental Solutions in Houston, TX and recently completed a fall externship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6.

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.

Alexandra Lizano is a third-year J.D. candidate, expected to graduate in May 2020 with concentrations in environmental and water law. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning in 2017. In addition to her research on water infrastructure in San Antonio, Texas, she serves as the Executive Editor of the Texas A&M Journal of Property Law and President of the Agriculture Law Society. Her areas of legal interest include water, endangered species, land use, and solid/hazardous waste. Previously she has worked as an intern with the US Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, a summer associate at a California law firm, a research assistant for a solo practitioner in Texas, and a research fellow for the National Agriculture Law Center.

Alexis Yelvington is a third-year J.D. candidate at Texas A&M University School of Law concentrating on environmental and water law.  Alexis received her bachelor degree in political science from Texas Tech University, where she focused on international public policy.  While at A&M, Alexis participated in a field study in Israel where she researched water law and policy in the region. Through her involvement with the natural resource program, she has conducted research on legal mechanisms to mitigate flooding in Texas cities and coastal communities. In 2019, Alexis served as a summer law clerk for the Environmental Protection Division in the Office of the Texas Attorney General.