Former Student Researchers

Texas A&M Law Students

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.  

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. 

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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.

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.

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.

Texas A&M Geography Students

Emily Gill is a freshman Honors student at Texas A&M University, where she majors in Geographic Information Systems and Technology with a focus track of Human Systems and Services. She has always been interested in combining science with human need and is taking several classes relevant to that field of study. Emily is a active member of a freshman leadership organization, Aggie Fish Club, and is a member of the Student Geosciences Council and Geography Society. 

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.