Roel Lopez

As interim director for TWRI, Dr. Roel Lopez provides leadership in the field of wildlife management, military sustainability and natural resource management. Lopez works with internal and external stakeholders in developing priorities for research and extension programs, develops inter-disciplinary teams for addressing these high priority issues and supports the institutes’ efforts with military interests in support of sustainable ranges initiatives. He is based out of the institutes’ San Antonio office.   

Before joining the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources in 2009, Lopez was a professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (WFSC) at Texas A&M University. He continues to maintain a split academic appointment with WFSC.


  • Ph.D. - Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (2001). Texas A&M University
  • M.S. - Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (1996). Texas A&M University
  • B.S. - Forestry (1993). Stephen F. Austin State University


  • Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
  • Professional Experience
  • Director, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, 2013-present.
  • Interim Director, Texas Water Resources Institute, 2012-present.
  • Associate Director, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, 2009-2012.
  • Professor, Texas A&M University, 2011-present.
  • Special Assistant to ADUSD-I&E, Office of Secretary of Defense, 2007-2009.
  • Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, 2006-2011.
  • Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 2001-2006.
  • Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2000-2001.
  • Research Ecologist, URS Greiner Corporation/Dames and Moore, 1999-2001.
  • Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Forest Service, Sabine National Forest, 1990-1993.

Honors and Awards

  • TAMU Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence - Graduate Student Research, 2001.
  • TAMU Partners in Learning Award in Excellence, 2002.
  • TAMU Association of Former Students Graduate Research Award, 2002.
  • Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar, TAMU Center for Teaching Excellence, 2003.
  • Texas Chapter ofTWS Outstanding Scientific Publication, 2005.
  • Inaugural "W" Course Teaching Award, 2006.
  • USDA CSREES New Teacher Award, 2006.
  • TAMU Vice ChancelIor's Award in Excellence - Diversity Award, 2007.

Contact Roel Lopez

Contact Roel Lopez

Interim Director
Texas Water Resources Institute
4040 Broadway St
San Antonio, Texas  78209
Phone: (210) 277-0292 x202


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