Funded by the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions Cooperative Agreement Award #NA16SEC4810009

Willis Lyons is a NOAA CCME Graduate Scholar completing a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies Environmental Science with Environmental Policy and Risk Management concentration at the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University of Texas. Willis is interested in pursuing a career in Environmental Education and Research as a Professor. He is currently conducting research in the area of Place-Based Conservation under the supervision of Dr. Michael Abazinge.

In 2016, Willis conducted research at the NOAA-Mission Aransas Reserve Estuarine Research Center in Port Aransas, Texas where he utilized computer technology (GIS) to characterized ecosystems and identify changes in spatial and temporal parameters. The aim of his research was to understand anthropogenic influence on the coastal areas of southern Texas and to implement effective policies to mitigate relevant social-economic, technological, and environmental issues.