Robert Gulley to speak at this year’s Ed Cape Seminar

By Kristina Kenney
University News Service
August 28, 2011

The 2011 Ed Cape Seminar keynote speaker will be Robert Gulley, program manager for the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation. This year’s seminar will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Reed Brantley Parr Room in the J.C. Kellam Building at Texas State University-San Marcos.

The topic of Gulley’s presentation is “Edwards Aquifer and the Endangered Species Act: Conflict, Compromise, and Perhaps, Consensus.” The Ed Cape Seminar is sponsored by the Department of Biology.

Gulley has twenty-five years experience as an environmental attorney. Prior to becoming the program manager, he was a senior trial attorney in the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section of the Department of Justice, handling primarily matters related to the Endangered Species Act. Gulley has a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He taught in medical schools and worked as a scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He is an author on over 35 scientific and four legal papers.

The annual Ed Cape Seminar honors the late Edward Matthew Cape of San Marcos, a pioneer in the development of water resources in Central Texas. Cape became formally involved with water resource management by providing the necessary leadership for the legislative creation of the Guadalupe River Authority in 1933, which was expanded in 1935 to include the Blanco River and a 10-country region, and renamed the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA). He also deserves recognition for his pivotal role in the construction of Canyon Lake, in cooperation with the then-congressman Lyndon B. Johnson and other area leaders.

The Ed Cape Seminar Series was implemented as a continuing seminar series designed to provide a major forum for discussing major water issues relevant to Central Texas, the state and the nation.

For additional information, contact Janet Wisian at (512) 245-2284.