Chad Norris has a B.S. in Environmental Science with specializations in Geology and Biology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a M.S in Aquatic Biology from Texas State University. As a research assistant at TXST, Chad worked on a variable flows study in Comal and San Marcos springs that preceded the current biological monitoring program. Chad worked for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) for 22 years, serving in various roles. Most recently he led the Groundwater Resources Program at TPWD where he was tasked with leading various multidisciplinary teams and was recognized as the state’s expert on springs. Additionally, he served on various scientific committees, collaborated on research related to freshwater springs and rare species, provided technical guidance to private landowners, and represented TPWD at various water planning and policy meetings. Currently, Chad is serving as the Deputy Executive Manager of Environmental Science and Community Affairs for the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA), where he is responsible for advancing the overall science programs at GBRA, including research prioritization and implementation, providing scientific and technical support to regional stakeholders, overseeing the Clean Rivers Program, and contributing technical and scientific expertise to the development of GBRA’s Habitat Conservation Plan.