Women in Science - Gizelle Luevano

Women in Science - Gizelle Luevano

Gizelle Luevano, a San Antonio native, has been a part the Edwards Aquifer Authority for nearly 17 years. As a hydrological data coordinator Gizelle oversees the collection of Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (EAHCP) water quality samples, assisting with technological briefings, and working on scientific reports. She received her bachelor’s degree in Geology from St. Mary’s University, master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duquesne University, and recently obtained an Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of New England.

Gizelle recalls an accomplishment she experienced in 2013 when her department successfully carried out their routine sampling of 76 wells, conducted their monthly river and spring sampling, biannual sampling of eight rivers that flow in EAA’s jurisdiction, and added collecting samples for the EAHCP. That year the EAHCP sampling included conducting biannual sampling of the Comal and San Marcos rivers, and annual sediment testing and four storm events. Not only did they successfully complete their routine sampling but they also exceeded their goals and provided findings that were important to the EAHCP.

Gizelle attributes her accomplishments and career highlights to her passion for learning and support from her family. She believes it is important to have confidence in yourself so that you may reach the goals you set out to achieve. Her advice to adolescents in high school, that are about to graduate, “Finish it out and make sure you graduate, because exciting opportunities are on the horizon. When you figure out what you want to do, try interning somewhere to gain experience.”

As a child, Gizelle’s interest in the natural sciences began when she watched a movie called Space Camp, and from that point forward her parents encouraged her to pursue her goal of finding a career in the science field. As for other women in the science field, Gizelle strongly believes It is important to mentor young women. Mentoring provides insight into the world of science, inspires young women, and could ultimately be the difference in a child’s decision to pursue a career in science.

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