Texas is in the middle of an historic drought and heat wave, and both are affecting virtually every resident of the state. Texas A&M University has numerous faculty experts and agency officials who can speak about various aspects of the drought and heat– such as water supplies, effects on pets, exercising outdoors, wildfires and other topics.
John Nielsen-Gammon is a professor of atmospheric sciences who also serves as State Climatologist. He is well versed about virtually all aspects of droughts in Texas, including the historic droughts, such as those in the 1950s and 1917-18. He can be reached at (979)845-4644 or email@example.com
Don Conlee is a professor of atmospheric sciences who is familiar with droughts and frequently assists the State Climatologist. He also is an expert on weather balloons. He can be reached at (979) 845-5099 firstname.lastname@example.org or
Travis Miller serves as professor of the Soil and Crop Science Department in Texas A&M’S College of Agriculture and is a program leader for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. He has conducted numerousstudies on droughts and how they affect crops and planting seasons. He can be reached at (979) 845-4808 or email@example.com
Steve Quiring is a geography professor who has conducted extensive studies about how to predict droughts in the Great Plains region, and how long-term droughts affect soils and moisture content in soils. He can be reached at (979) 458-1712 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Spencer and Brad Smith are predictive service analysts with the Texas Forest Service and can speak about drought, weather, fire behavior patterns, etc. to predict when and where a wildfire might occur. Spencer is at (979) 458-7331 or email@example.com in College Station and Smith is Longview (903) 297-4840 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Texas Forest Service, go to http://ticc.tamu.edu/PredictiveServices/predictiveservices.htm
Bonnie Beaver (email@example.com), Deb Zoran (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mark Stickney (email@example.com), all professors of veterinary medicine, can be reached at (979) 845-2351. They are experts on how rising temperatures affect pets and they can give owners tips on how to deal with the intense heat – pets can also suffer from heatstroke. Beaver is a past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and is a nationally known pet behavior expert.
Texas Water Resources Institute
This Texas A&M affiliated agency has helpful information, maps and other useful data about water in Texas. Information about the institute and its resources can be accessed at http://twri.tamu.edu/
Texas Drought Information Center
This agency coordinates drought information statewide and has numerous resources regarding drought, including affiliated agencies. Contact Steve Byrns, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s communications specialist in San Angelo, who also heads up the Drought Joint Information Center that now includes wildfires, at (325) 653-4576 ext. 215 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://agrilife.tamu.edu/drought/ .
Tim Lightfoot (email@example.com), director of the Sydney and J.L. Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance,can discuss how rising temperatures affect workouts and why people should alter their workout schedule in intense heat.
DottieDee Agnor (firstname.lastname@example.org), Gayden Darnell (email@example.com) and Kirstin Brekken Shea (firstname.lastname@example.org) are associate professors and t authors of the textbook “Health and Fitness: A Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle.” They can discuss tips to deal with heat while working out.
Carl Gabbard (email@example.com), director of the Motor Development Laboratory and an avid runner, can speak about exercising in the heat and how the body tries to cope with rising temperatures.
All of the above can be reached at (979) 845-3109.