Natural Resources Training Program

About the Instructors

Nikki Dictson Nikki Dictson, Extension Program Specialist II, Texas Water Resources Institute

As Extension program specialist II, Nikki Dictson has been with the institute since September 2012 conducting watershed planning projects and trainings, as well as water quality and riparian education for the institute. She has been on the planning team, a facilitator and instructor for the Watershed Planning Short Course, associated trainings and roundtables. She also works on the Lake O’ the Pines TMDL Update project, coordinates the Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Educational Program and represents TWRI on committees and planning teams.

Larry Hauck Larry Hauck, Lead Scientist, Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research

Dr. Larry Hauck is the lead scientist at the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER) at Tarleton State University located in Stephenville. He has been employed at TIAER for more than 15 years, and prior to his present employment worked for various governmental agencies and environmental consulting firms. He is a professional engineer within the State of Texas and obtained his doctorate from The University of Texas at Arlington. As manager of the environmental sciences and economic program at TIAER, Hauck supervises a staff of about 20 full-time professionals, including chemists, biologists, economists, hydrologists and soil scientists, and typically six or more student workers and graduate assistants.

Amy Hays Amy Hays, Emerging Technologies Specialist, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources

As a Texas AgriLife Extension Service emerging technologies specialist, Amy Hays helps the institutes merge science, technology and learning methods by studying and implementing new technologies that will expand the reach of science to address natural resource issues. Hays specializes in helping researchers find ways to use information technology to reach the public.  She is currently involved in connecting the paths of social media to traditional outreach and education, as well as reaching non-traditional and informal learners.

R. Karthikeyan R. Karthikeyan, Associate Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University

R. Karthikeyan, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. from Kansas State University. His research interests focus on engineering biochemical processes for water quality control and resource recovery. Dr. Karthi is currently serving as an Associate Editor for Transactions of ASABE and Applied Engineering in Agriculture and Section Editor for Journal of Natural and Environmental Sciences. He has received the College of Engineering BP Teaching Excellence Award, Excellence in Teaching Award in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Superior Service Team Award for Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan. He is also a Motague Teaching Scholar in the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Amy Snelgrove Amy Snelgrove, Geospatial/Technology Manager, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Texas Water Resources Institute

As the geospatial and information technology resource manager, Amy Grones Snelgrove provides leadership for the institutes’ technology team, including geospatial support of projects, software and web development, web-based mapping applications and database development. She is also an ESRI certified instructor and has her GISP and CTT+ certifications.  Mrs. Snelgrove works with the institutes’ technology team to support research and educational outreach programs focused on water and natural resources science and management issues throughout the country.

Raghavan Srinivasan Raghavan Srinivasan, Professor and Director, Spatial Sciences Laboratory, Texas A&M University

R. Srinivasan, Ph.D., P.E., is the Director of the Spatial Sciences Laboratory at Texas A&M University and a professor in the Departments of Ecosystem Sciences and Management, and Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Dr. Srinivasan is one of the developers of Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) and travels around the world teaching SWAT workshops.

Srinivasan received the Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence in recognition of outstanding contributions and performance as a member of a research team for 2001 (SWAT Team). For more information about the Spatial Sciences Laboratory or Srinivasan, visit:

Kevin Wagner Kevin Wagner, Associate Director, Texas Water Resources Institute

Dr. Kevin Wagner currently serves as associate director of the Texas Water Resources Institute and adjunct professor in Texas A&M University’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. He provides leadership and administration for institute water programs; works with stakeholders in identifying priorities for water resources programs; and develops inter-disciplinary teams for addressing these high priority issues.

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