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Environmental Quality Engineering

Devising cost-effective methods to reduce environmental stress from livestock production,
and cropping systems

Focus Areas

Dust and Bioaerosols

Trace and Greenhouse Gases

Odor and Odorous Compounds

Atmospheric Deposition

Life-Cycle Assessment

Manure and Wastewater Management


Brent W. Auvermann, Ph.D.

Professor and Center Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Amarillo

Dr. Auvermann is on the faculty of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University and holds adjunct faculty status in the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences at West Texas A&M University.

Carolina Braga Brandani, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist – Soil Health, Texas A&M Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Current Research

  • Quantifying and controlling emissions of feedyard dust and ammonia
  • Characterizing bioaerosols in feedyard dust
  • Estimating greenhouse-gas emissions from cropland fertilized with dairy manure
  • Monitoring regional air quality
  • Quantifying dry and wet deposition to Panhandle ecosystems
  • Correlating airborne dust concentrations with visibility
  • Life-cycle assessment of modern wheat production in the United States
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