Senior Research Scientist
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
1229 North US Highway 281
Stephenville, TX 76401
Tel: (254) 968-4144 Ext 230
Tel: (254) 592-6059 (Cell)
Ph.D. (Applied Economics), Clemson University, 1995
M.B.A. (Management Systems Engineering), Corpus Christi State University, 1984
B.S. (Civil Engineering), University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 1976
PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:
Senior Research Scientist, TX AgriLife Research, October 2007 – Present
Executive Director, Agriculture Coalition on Environment, May 2006 – October 2007
Assistant Director for Operations & Programs, TIAER, 1997 – May 2006
Research Economist, TIAER, 1993 – 1996
Senior Research Assistant/Instructor, Clemson University, 1990 – 1993
Instructor, University of Nebraska-Kearney, 1988 – 1990
Vice-President, Custom Source, Inc., 1985 – 1987
Reservoir Engineer, Exxon Co., USA, 1981 – 1984
Cost and Scheduling Supervisor, Nebraska Public Power District, 1978-1981
Civil Engineer, Nebraska Public Power District, 1976 – 1978
Engineering Aide, Nebraska Department of Roads, 1974 – 1976
Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Beran currently holds joint appointments with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Tarleton State University, both part of the Texas A&M University System, as a Senior Research Scientist. The focus of the position is to foster and develop research and educational programs that address the needs of State and Federal agencies in ways that are consistent with the mission/role of Texas AgriLife Research and enhance high-priority science based programs. Dr. Beran’s efforts are intended to employ modern scientific principles to conserve and enhance the natural resources of state, national, and international community’s while improving the role and environmental compatibility of agricultural production systems. His ultimate goal will be to bring the vision and mission of the Stephenville unit to bear on the strategic objectives of relevant agencies so as to provide for scientific discovery, transference of knowledge, and training of young scientists in support of the unit’s longer term sustainability.
As the Executive Director for Agriculture Coalition on Environment (ACE), he directed a producer led non-profit initiative designed to work with stakeholders in an open forum to advance science-based initiatives that achieve practical policies and solutions for environmental issues related to agriculture. Dr. Beran is the former Assistant Director for Operations and Programs at the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER). Dr. Beran is engaged in efforts to develop innovative and cost-effective pollution abatement strategies. His work focuses on environmental issues and how good science can be employed to make sound policy decisions. As a facilitator of regional and national meetings, he brings industry leaders together with government representatives and public interest groups to empower industry in taking a lead role in the environmental policy development process.
As the Assistant Director for Operations & Programs at the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER). Dr. Beran provided for internal and external controls to assist in the management of Institute projects. In addition, he was responsible for annual Institute budgets, including operating and forecasts. Additional responsibilities included: coordinating project resource allocation with overall Institute mission and objectives, providing the overall direction for computer equipment and application, working with private sector, government agencies, legislative committee staff, and other Institutions to promote TIAER and develop partnership opportunities, coordinated efforts of the Institute and partnering organizations in developing economic and environmental modeling systems to evaluate policy decisions related to landscape issues, assume responsibilities for the Director during his absence, and as campus liaison to Tarleton State University worked to develop and maintain relationships with the academic community.
Much of his career has been in the private sector focusing largely on engineering and management in the electric utility industry and the oil and gas industry. Positions held with companies such as Exxon Company USA and Nebraska Public Power District involved a high level of project management responsibility along with financial accountability. More recently, his focus has been on environmental issues and how good science can be employed to make sound policy decisions regarding the environment. Major projects have included the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resource Conservation Service both at the state and national level with emphasis on the impact of the livestock industry and water quality.
Inter-Governmental Cooperative Agreement: An Umbrella Contract with the Water Quality Planning Division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. $3,000,000.00. Provide support for the Division by building infrastructure to assemble teams of experts to address Water Quality Standards, Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment, Watershed Planning, Watershed Management, and Public Participation. Activities being performed include but are not limited to: field work, data collection, water quality sampling, data analyses, database development and management, GIS mapping, modeling, programming, design and evaluation of implementation strategies, preparing project work plans, overseeing the implementation of
project work plans, preparing guidance manuals, training, preparing informational materials, making presentations, developing and maintaining Internet tools, and preparing technical reports. May also be required the to draw conclusions and make recommendations regarding the development of TMDLs and Watershed Action Plans.
Livestock and the Environment: A National Pilot Project. EPA-OPPE. Coordinated a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency team to develop a modeling framework, CEEOT, to analyze the economic and environmental impacts of policy alternatives. CEEOT (Comprehensive Economic and Environmental Optimization Tool) was initially calibrated and validated in the Bosque River, Texas. Freestall dairies were initially used to represent an agricultural industry facing growing scrutiny from the environmental community. The model was later applied to dairy grazing operations in east Texas.
Environmental Issues: The Next Generation. EPA-OPPE. Coordinated a multi-agency, multi-disciplined team from Texas/Iowa to apply CEEOT to a mixed livestock/row crop in the upper Maquoketa River in Iowa. The model was used to examine various policy issues, including numbers BMPs in an effort to look for solutions that would improve the financial picture for the producer while striving for specific environmental objectives. CEEOT would later be used applied in the Brazos-Navasota watershed where the poultry industry was used to demonstrate that proper siting of operations could reduce and perhaps even eliminate a water quality issue before it became an issue requiring a TMDL.
Industry-Led Solutions I and II. EPA-OPD. Coordinated a multi-state, multi-agency effort to bring together leaders of the dairy industry (ILS I) and leaders of the livestock industry (ILS II) to meet with representatives of EPA, USDA, and environmental groups to discuss environmental issues and solutions specific to their industry. Meetings were held in Washington DC with a third meeting scheduled for November 2002 which will bring together leadership from a larger sector of the agricultural community.
Industry-Led Solutions: Gulf of Mexico 1 and 2. EPA-OWOW, EPA-OWM, and EPA-GMPO. Organized and facilitated a multi-state, multi-agency effort to bring together leaders of the agricultural industry in the Mississippi River Basin to meet with representatives of EPA, USDA, and environmental groups to discuss environmental issues and solutions specific to their industry and its relationship to the Mississippi River and the Hypoxia issues in the Gulf of Mexico. A final report was made to the National Task Force the following month with recommendations for the role of agriculture in the Hypoxia Action Plan.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:
EIT Certificate, Nebraska 1976
Project Management Institute
University Planning Council, Tarleton State University
Basic Remediation/Negotiation, Texas A&M
Santa Anna River Watershed Work Group, California
National Dairy Leaders Conference