Undergraduates are encouraged to conduct or to participate in emerging and ongoing research activities at WTAMU. This hands-on experience makes WTAMU’s environmental science graduates very competitive in the job market. In addition, many environmental science graduates are able to obtain research grants or local employment and are able to pursue a Master’s Degree in Environmental science. This early research experience provides the student with a head start on his/her advanced degree. Research areas include; research on Golden Algae (impacting fisheries throughout the world) , pesticide and herbicide effects on aquatic systems, ecological risk assessment (contaminant effects on ecosystems) , dust and odor abatement and monitoring, contaminant fate and transport modeling, endocrine effects on terrestrial and aquatic systems, hazardous waste cleanup and safe disposal and oil spill damage assessment and recovery.
Faculty projects include: Assistance to the World Bank and United Nations on environmental cleanup projects (supervision of 1,000 metric mercury cleanup in Azerbaijan and construction of the Republics first hazardous waste landfill), evaluation and assistance on Romania mining cyanide spill to Tiza/Danube, environmental sustainability for agriculture and electroplating in Argentina. Other projects include development of the “Ecological Protective Cleanup Level Generator” for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, environmental support to the Department of Energy Pantex Nuclear Weapons Plant, and endangered species surveys and assessments for utilities and mining companies.
Undergraduate will have an opportunity to participate in local and international projects. WTAMU environmental science undergraduates have published and presented papers at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Texas Journal of Microscopy, Ecotoxicology and the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. WTAMU also provides students with internship opportunities with such organizations as the Texas Commission on Environmental quality, Department of Energy Pantex, Bell Helicopter, Excel Energy, US Department of Agriculture Bushland Experimental Station, Mickey Leland , and other local businesses.
Dr. William J. (Jim) Rogers
Dr. Rogers has over 30 years experience in virtually all aspects of environmental planning, restoration, and protection. He has worked extensively with the Work Bank, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and non-governmental organizations or NGOs on global environmental issues in post-Soviet Russia, Romania, Mexico and Azerbaijan. He has also worked with the Department of Interior, Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on environmental issues and policy.
Dr. Rogers is the program coordinator for the West Texas A&M Environmental Science Program. He has taught at WTAMU for over fifteen years. Dr. Rogers teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in environmental law and regulations, environmental sampling and assessment, hazardous waste site assessment, ecological risk assessment, environmental science and agricultural risk assessment.
Dr. Rogers research focuses on environmental assessment, decision support modeling, environmental risk modeling, toxicology, environmental remediation, waste management and handling with emphasis on natural resource and environmental quality protection. Currently, he is directing a project sponsored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to development a database and tool to derive ecological protective cleanup levels for contaminated sites. Dr. Rogers recently directed the cleanup of one of the world's largest mercury contamination sites in Azerbaijan which was sponsored by the World Bank.
Dr. Rogers enjoys the outdoors and traveling to remote and exciting destinations. He always enjoys sharing his experiences backpacking in the Alaskan tundra, surveying trout streams in the Caucasus Mountains and exploring the most remote corners of the World. Dr. Rogers teaching philosophy is challenge students to use their integrated science education and background, teaming and problem solving skills to address complex local and international environmental issues.
Dr. Rogers has published over fifteen peer reviewed articles, one book , three book chapters, and has prepared and presented well over thirty technical papers. A detailed listing is available on Dr. Rogers’ on-line vitae.
Dr. Gary Barbee
Dr. Barbee received his B.S. degree in Agronomy, M.S. degree in Soil Science, and Ph. Degree in Toxicology from Texas A&M University. He was a post-doctoral associate in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. An M.P.H. from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas, Occupational and Environmental Health is pending. He worked in the private sector for environmental firms for approximately 13 years.
Dr. Barbee’s research is currently focused on three primary areas: 1) develop and apply biotechnology and bioassays, such as flow cytometry, biomonitoring, biomarkers, microarrays, dendroecology, and remote sensing to assess the impact of occupational and environmental chemicals and pollution on human and ecological populations within diverse settings or ecosystems, 2) assess the acute and chronic toxicity of new agricultural, industrial, pharmaceutical/personal care product chemicals on aquatic and terrestrial species; and 3) apply deterministic and probabilistic exposure and risk assessment methods to data acquired from laboratory and field studies to quantitatively model health risks from occupational and environmental chemical exposures and implement risk management plans or health policies that protect the health of human and ecological populations. He has published 13 articles, 1 book chapter, and made numerous presentations at professional meetings both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Barbee teaches GIS (Geographic Information Systems), Environmental Toxicology, Computer Applications in Hydrogeology.
The environmental science society provided the student with an opportunity to meet and to work with their peers. The ESS takes field trip to such locations as the Nevada Test Site, Rocky Flats Colorado, and even fun trips such as white water rafting down the Colorado and the Guadalupe Rivers. The organization holds bimonthly meetings.
Scholarships and other forms of financial aid are available. In addition, advanced undergraduate students are employed as assistants in laboratory courses each semester. Undergraduate students may also be employed as research assistants on funded research projects. Work study and student loans are available through the University.
For More Information
Contact the Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences
West Texas A&M University
Canyon, Texas 79016-0001
William J. (Jim) Rogers, Ph.D.
Phone: (806) 651-2581
West Texas A&M University serves people of all ages, regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, gender, religion, disability or national origin. WTAMU is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity institution.