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NSF REU Program Overview

REU Site: Restoring cattle ranches for sustainable land and water resources

Rocky creek on the ranchHereford cattle with yellow ear tagsBluebonnets growing in a rocky area
Program Overview

Tarleton State University offers a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate students interested in a wide variety of environmentally related concerns associated with the long-term sustainability of land and water resources. Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) students will have opportunities to conduct scientific research in the areas of aquatic ecology, conservation biology, environmental biology, environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, environmental sociology, geospatial analyses, herpetology, hydrogeology, ichthyology, landscape management, limnology, ornithology, paleoecology, parasitology, plant ecology, restoration ecology, sustainability, water quality, and wildlife management.

Focusing on these students, Tarleton’s REU Program, funded by a $349,822 National Science Foundation grant with Dr. Christopher Higgins as principal investigator, enhances the diversity of students who continue on to have successful careers in STEM-related fields.

Male student holding a fish caught at the station with two students standing in the river with a netAn instructor working with two students to fix netsThree female students under a tree taking a break at the station
Program Dates
  • May 30, 2018 - August 4, 2018 (10 weeks)
  • May 28, 2019 - August 3, 2019 (10 weeks)
  • May 26, 2020 - August 1, 2020 (10 weeks)
Contact Information

For more information, contact either Dr. Higgins (Director, Timberlake Biological Field Station) or Dr. Bellows (Coordinator, Center for Environmental Studies).

Dr. Christopher Higgins

PI name: Christopher L. Higgins

PI email:

PI phone: (254) 968-9019

Dr. Barbara Bellows

Co-PI name: Barbara C. Bellows

Co-PI email:

Co-PI phone: (254) 968-9000