Our Team

The Texas Coastal Watershed Program (TCWP) is a Texas A&M Program, administered jointly by the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Texas Sea Grant in the College of Geosciences. Our projects at TCWP focus on providing communities with the knowledge and tools to sustain their neighborhoods and landscapes. We are located in Houston’s Clear Lake area. Information about our program and project areas can be found at the Texas Coastal Watershed Program website.


John Jacob, Ph.D.
Texas Coastal Watershed Program
Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Sciences
Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service/Texas Sea Grant

Dr. John Jacob is the director of the Texas Coastal Watershed Program, and Professor and Extension Specialist. The Texas Coastal Watershed Program provides education and outreach to local governments and citizens about the impact of land use on watershed health and water quality. The TCWP currently has 12 staff members advancing programs in urban planning, watershed management, habitat restoration, sustainable landscapes, and water quality issues. Jacob is a recognized expert on Texas wetlands, having been active in consulting and research aspects of wetlands for more than 20 years.  Jacob holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, all in soils and natural resources. He is registered as a Professional Geoscientist with the State of Texas and is a Professional Wetland Scientist.






Steven Mikulencak, AICP
Extension Program Specialist
Texas Coastal Watershed Program
Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service/Texas Sea Grant

Steven Mikulencak is an Extension Program Specialist and AICP planner for the Texas Coastal Watershed Program since 2010. His work specializes in facilitation and planning support tools for local decision-makers. He has worked in the private sector on comprehensive plans, zoning, design guidelines, and GIS analyses for local governments. He now develops planning and outreach programs for Texas communities using GIS and CommunityViz tools. He is project manager for CHARM, Texas Citizen Planner, FEMA CERC CTP Resiliency Projects , the Highland Bayou Watershed Protection Plan, and was the lead facilitator for the 2014 TX RESTORE Roundtables. Projects are grant supported through partnership with the National Sea Grant Office, FEMA Region 6, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, and the Galveston Bay Estuary Program. He earned his degrees in Geology from Virginia Tech and his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University.


Celina Gauthier Lowry
Planning Associate
Texas Coastal Watershed Program
Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service/Texas Sea Grant
(281) 560-3970

Celina Gauthier Lowry is a planning associate for the Texas Coastal Watershed Program of Texas A&M University. She holds two M.S. degrees from University of Houston-Clear Lake, one in Environmental Science and one in Environmental Management. She works from Houston, TX to see through the initiation and development of the Citizen Planner program. She also supports community outreach efforts and performs planning research and analysis.


1335 Regents Park Dr., Suite 260
Houston, TX 77058

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