How we, as collective stakeholders in the state, balance our needs and the challenges from land-use changes will influence future outcomes for Texas’ open spaces. Where do we start?
Program Coordinator IIalison.Lund@ag.tamu.edu (210) 277-0292 x105
As a program coordinator for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, Alison Lund assists in the organization and management of research, monitoring, reporting and outreach and training efforts associated with various endangered species and land management projects.
Before joining NRI in 2013, Alison worked at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies in the Fisheries and Ocean Health Lab. During those years, she gained experience working on a variety of research projects involving migration patterns of marine life, species interaction with their habitats, and assessments of estuaries and near-shore waters and their role in sustaining marine populations.
Alison earned a Bachelor of Science in renewable natural resources in 2010 and a master’s in natural resources development in 2013, along with certificates in leadership and military land sustainability, from Texas A&M University. While attending Texas A&M, she participated in the Corps of Cadets, the Texas A&M pistol team and Parsons Mounted Cavalry.
As a native Texan she was born and raised in Corpus Christi but now moves around the country with her husband who serves in the U.S. Army. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, leather working and fly fishing.
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