Dr. Marla Potess


Dr. Marla Potess, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, teaches in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and in the Environmental Management Graduate Program. She bring experience from the public sector in environmental management and water and wastewater treatment into the classroom setting. The complex and interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues drives her research interest in environmental management implementation and strategy. Dr. Potess and Dr. Hennigan (Biology Department) collaborate and provide undergraduate and graduate research opportunities in support of an on-going research project investigating the impact of rangeland management on soil microorganisms and soil water capacity at the Rolling N Ranch near Crews, Texas, as part of the Grasslands Initiative. Funding for the research was provided by The Dixon Water Foundation and the Academic Foundation. Dr. Potess has lived in Indonesia, Viet Nam, and Australia, giving her an international perspective and a first-hand view of environmental issues and their impact on developing economies.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Abilene Christian University, 1982
  • Master of Science, Microbiology, Abilene Christian University, 1990
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design (Environmental Track), Texas Tech University, 2011
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