Xiangmin Sun (PhD student, 2013 – Current)
Xiangmin’s main research interests are Evapotranspiration partioning, Soil moisture modeling, Remote Sensing, ET modeling on heterogeneous landscapes. His current research is based in Oklahoma and includes studies on ecohydrology wherein he is incorporating isotopes, remote sensing (LIDAR) and Eddy-covariance Flux.
Before joining A&M in 2013, Xiangmin acquired his Bachelor in Hydrology and Water resources engineering from Lanzhou University in China and MS in Environmental Engineering at Chinese academy of Sciences.
Other interests includes ArcGIS, R, Powerpoint Design, Infographics, Critical thinking, History. Sam enjoys listening to music and playing volleyball.
Cynthia’s current research seeks to understand how hydrology and water resources are affected by land use change in the Caatinga biome of northeastern Brazil. Moreover, she is intrigued by the effect of seasonality on soil water, corresponding shrub responses, and land use strategies, and how these dynamics manifest at larger catchment and landscape scales.
Cynthia earned a B.Sc. in Environmental Geoscience at Texas A&M and an M.Sc. in Ecohydrology at the University of the Algarve, Portugal and UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands
Shishir Basant (PhD Student, 2014- Current)
Shishir is currently working at La Copita research station – where he is trying to understand how shrub encroachment interacts with soil morphology and hydrology of the landscape. He is interested in land-atmosphere processes – especially the linkages between hydrologic cycles and vegetation change at various scales. He is also interested in biogeography and soil geomorphology.
Before moving to A&M in August 2014, Shishir was in India where he was working with organic farming and agroforestry programs in northern India. He acquired his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India in 2009.
Pedro Afonso Leite (M.S., 2014 – Current)
Pedro is interested in the effects of land use and land cover change on hydrological processes and other ecosystem functions. He is particularly interested in how insects modify landscape processes at different scales. He is currently working on his MS thesis on land use and forest regrowth influences on soil hydraulic properties in the Caatinga, a semi-arid region in Brazil.
Pedro acquired his Bachelors in Biology from Universidade de Sao Paulo in 2014 in Brazil before moving to US for his masters. For his undergraduate research, he studied ecosystem services provided by social insects in the Atlantic rainforest. He enjoys outdoor activities – fishing, camping and climbing.