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Chemistry & Environmental Sciences
JASON Project


1991 – 1995 University of Texas Brownsville
Brownsville, Texas
M.S.I.S., Biology, English, Education

1971 – 1972 Pan American University
Edinburg, Texas
Bachelor of Science, Biology


August 2011- Organizer, account manager, and Co-Director of the Brownsville Engineering Summer Target Program for high school students. Grant funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

December 2010 – May 2011: Event Manager for the premier FIRST Technical Challenge Robotics Event at UTB. Duties included recruiting high school robotics teams, planning all aspects of the contests including volunteers recruitment and training, acting as account manager for the program, overseeing the purchase and construction of all competition field pieces, and writing all reports.


Current interests: Propagation and replanting of native wetland plant species at Bahia Grande (Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Reserve.)

Heise, Elizabeth A, Shands, Mary Jane, Berg, William M, and Benavides, Jude A. 2005. A network of greenhouses for a mangrove reforestation project, Proceedings of CREST-RESSACA Modeling and Decision Support for Environmental Systems Meeting, San Antonio, TX

Shands, Mary Jane, David McNeely, and Cain Bustinza. 1996. Life history properties of Poecilia latipinna, a live-bearing fish, in two South Texas ponds. Abstract in The Southwestern Association of naturalists Annual Meeting, McAllen, Texas.

Shands, Mary Jane and David McNeely. 1996. Life history traits of a live-bearing fish in two South Texas ponds. Abstract in the 99th Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, Program and Abstracts of Papers. Galveston, Texas.


Bahia Grande/Laguna Atascosa Wetland Restoration

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