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David Parker

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist (Water Engineering)

Office: ECS 230D
Email: dparker@wtamu.edu
Office Phone:806-651-2296
Mobile Phone:806-673-7402

Professional Profile

Dr. Parker first joined WTAMU in 1997, spending 16 years in the Department of Agricultural Sciences and Department of Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, with the final rank of Full Professor. After working for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Clay Center, Nebraska (2010-2012) and Bushland, Texas (2015-2021) with the final rank GS-15, he re-joined the university in 2021 in the College of Engineering. He received a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1985, M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from University of Wyoming in 1987, and Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering from University of Nebraska in 1996. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, holding current or prior licenses in seven states. His work experience includes 9 years in private industry as a consulting engineer. Dr. Parker is a recognized expert in odor and air quality, soil and water engineering, greenhouse gas emissions, manure management, and statistics.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Parker has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental and agricultural statistics, livestock waste management, and agricultural soils. He currently holds a 50% appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, where he supports education and outreach activities related to water issues in the Texas Panhandle.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Parker conducts research on strategies to promote soil and water conservation, mitigate salinity, manage crop nutrients, and reduce ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from cropped lands and cattle production systems on the Southern Great Plains. He has more than 300 publications, including more than 110 peer-reviewed manuscripts. His research collaborations have taken him to Africa, Australia, Canada, Israel, and Central and South America.