Yair Torres

Yair Torres

I am currently a graduate student at Texas A&M University (TAMU), pursuing a Master of Science degree in Geography. I also conducted my undergraduate studies at TAMU and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Geographic Information Science & Technology. For the last three years I have been a member of the Fluvial Landscapes and Dynamics Research Group at TAMU, where I have conducted various geomorphology related research projects in Texas. 

Given my background in fluvial geomorphology, my M.S. thesis seeks to study the changing morphodynamics of Arctic rivers as it relates to changes in hydrology and permafrost thaw. I am interested in the Mosaics in Science program because it exposes interns to critical research and work that has direct impacts on some of America’s greatest landscapes and parks. 

Having a passion for research, the outdoors, and the nexus between the two, I would be excited for the opportunity to apply my passion to the maintenance, preservation, and the building of the scientific knowledge of this nation’s parks and monuments. More specifically, I look forward to working on the continued implementation of the Unstable Slope Management Program at the three Southeast Arizona Group NPS units.  

After the completion of my M.S. in Geography, I plan to join the workforce as an environmental scientist performing field-based research or consulting. Additionally, if a funding opportunity presents itself, I would like to pursue a PhD in an environmental science related sub-field (i.e. geomorphology, hydrology, or geology). I believe that the Mosaics in Science program supports both my long-term educational and professional career goals by 1) affording me the opportunity to gain experience working in a professional scientific setting and, 2) allowing me to grow my foundational knowledge and skill set through hands on learning and working alongside National Park Service scientist and staff.

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