Texas A&M University
Department of Geography

Leslie Vallecillo

"Two years ago, I was on academic probation and feeling lost, but now I’m here, celebrating my first-generation accomplishments and about to graduate" - Leslie Vallecillo '21

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Faculty and Student Focus


Dr. Julie Loisel

Texas A&M Geography's Dr. Julie Loisel says that preserving and restoring peatlands can help the world tackle the climate crisis.

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Grad Student Manuel Salgado

Manuel Salgado, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography, has led a non-traditional journey to higher-education. Today he’s an experienced field researcher and teaching assistant, and reflects on some of the challenges he’s faced in his career.

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Yell Leader Woods Johnson '22

Senior Woods Johnson is looking forward to representing Texas A&M and completing his GIST degree in the Department of Geography.

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“Geographic information science and technology (GIST) is one of the cornerstones of modern data-driven applications, modeling and decision-making. The GIS job market is booming. In science and technology fields, GIS skills give Aggies a leg-up on the competition.

Dr. Dan Goldberg, Associate Professor in Geography



New research co-authored by a Texas A&M scientist analyzed placement of stream gauges that inform important global water datasets.


Jepson is an internationally recognized water security researcher.


Geography graduating senior Alexandra King is excited to begin her geospatial career after commencement in December.


Three outstanding geoscientists will receive the awards during the Distinguished Achievement Awards Gala Jan. 14, 2022.


After nearly dropping out of Texas A&M two years ago, Leslie Vallecillo ’21 will graduate this December with a degree in geographic information science and technology, and minors in meteorology and geography.


About one out of four Aggies are first-generation college students, and this week the university is celebrating their accomplishments and determination.