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Exploring Relationships between Public Transportation Providers and Carsharing Services

Much of the low-density urban development that has occurred in the United States over the last several decades has been enabled by and designed around the automobile. Most efforts to reduce automobile usage have focused ... More
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Inhalation Exposure to Pollutants in the Sleeping Microenvironment

Adults spend an average of 7.5 hours in bed per night, which corresponds to approximately one-third of our life. Previous research has found that we are exposed to numerous pollutants while sleeping, notably airborne al... More
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2004-Star-B1 Regional Development, Population Trend and Technology Change Impacts on Future Air Pollution Emissions

Urban development results in changes to land use and land cover and, consequently, to biogenic and anthropogenic emissions, meteorological processes, and processes such as dry deposition that influence future predictions... More
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A Citizen's Guide to Protecting Wetlands in Alabama

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A Citizen's Guide to Protecting Wetlands in Georgia

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A Comprehensive Analysis of Built Environment Characteristics on Household Residential Choice and Auto Ownership Levels

There has been an increasing interest in the land use-transportation connection in the past decade, motivated by the possibility that design policies associated with the built environment can be used to control, manage, ... More
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A Delta Dynamics Collaboratory

An interdisciplinary team of geoscientists, engineers, and ecologists will develop and test high-resolution, quantitative models to predict river delta dynamics spanning shorter-term engineering to longer-term geologic t... More
Faculty & Staff

Abbott, John

My research focuses primarily on the biodiversity, biogeography and biology of Odonata (dragonflies & damselflies), particularly in North America and the New World tropics. My interests, however, vary widely. I also wo... More
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Activist Research Practicum (ANT 324L)

In this upper-division seminar, designed especially for anthropology majors, students will learn the basics of anthropological research methods, and gain hands-on experience, from an "activist research" perspective. Cour... More
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Adaptations to Marine Environments (MNS 483C)

The physiological basis for organismal and population-level responses to marine environments. Four lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and either consent of instructor or the following... More
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Adelman, David

David E. Adelman teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, intellectual property law, and climate change policy. Professor Adelman’s research focuses on the many interfaces between law and science. His arti... More
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Advanced Architectural Design Studio: Alley Flat Initiative (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

"The Alley Flat Initiative works to advance three goals--design innovation, environmental sustainability, and affordability. In the format of a design/build studio, students will be working closely with each other, the s... More
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Advanced Architectural Design: Austin Studio (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

The UT Austin Campus Real Estate Office has been tasked with management of the development of 109 acres at MOPAC and Braker known as the Pickle Research Center West Tract or the MCC Tract. Their initial inclination is th... More
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Advanced Design: Renewable Energy Innovation Lab (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a nationally recognized leader in buildings research combining renewable energy with innovative technologies to significantly reduce energy consumption in buildings. Bas... More
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Advanced Design: Sustainability Innovations Studio - Green Monsters (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

Sustainability Innovations is a studio sequence focused on achieving sustainable design solutions through a comprehensive, technologically progressive and a research oriented approach. More
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Advanced Environmental Law - Air & Water (LAW 341L)

"This course will begin with an introduction to pollution control, the common law antecedents, and early statutory developments. The remainder of the course will be devoted to an intensive study of the Clean Air Act and ... More
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Advanced Environmental Law - Natural Resources (LAW 341L)

This three credit survey course focuses on the basic legal and ethical issues that pervade the consumption, conservation, and regulation of natural resources. These issues include, among others, competing claims of publi... More
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Advanced Environmental Law - Toxics (LAW 341L)

This course will examine the provisions of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act relating to toxic substances as well as other statutes regulating toxic substances like the Toxic substances control Act and the Federal In... More
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Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GRG 470C)

Study of methods of spatial analysis, design and implementation of a geographic information system, vector and raster modeling, and advanced applications of geographic information systems. Three lecture hours and one and... More
Research & Initiatives

Advanced Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Course

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Advanced Remote Sensing (GRG 464K)

Advanced classification techniques for satellite image processing and landscape pattern analysis. Three lecture hours and one and one-half discussion hours a week for one semester. Geography 356 (Topic: Advanced Remote S... More
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Advanced Studio in Sustainable Design (ARC 696)

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Advances in CO2 Injection and Storage in Geologic Formations (GEO 391)

This class is a cross disciplinary, project-based course in new technology for greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Topics covered will include multiphase fluid flow, pore scale studies, imaging micromodels, capillary an... More
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Aesthetics and Ecology (CRP 383, LAR 385)

This seminar will explore the question: what does aesthetics have to do with ecology? More
Research & Initiatives

After Copenhagen: Climate Governance and the Road Ahead

The Copenhagen conference provides important lessons for future international cooperation on climate change. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting showed that global conferences (with hundreds of... More
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Agenda 21: Sustainable Urbanism (ARC 386M)

This course will examine factors affecting the changing status of the 21st century city and the tactics used to mediate the effects of rapid urbanization by leaders in the environmental design professions. Key words: Lan... More
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Air Pollution Chemistry (CE 396L.1)

Classification, transport, transformation, deposition, sampling and analysis of particulate and gaseous air pollutants in urban, regional, and global - scale systems. More
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Air Pollution Control (CE 396L.3)

Sources, transport, fate, impacts, characteristics, and control of air contaminants; source control and prevention; urban air quality; occupational and residential indoor air quality. Design of air pollution control sys... More
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Air Pollution Engineering (CE 369L: CE 396L)

Sources, transport, fate, impacts, characteristics, and control of air contaminants; source control and prevention; urban air quality; occupational and residential indoor air quality. May be repreated for credit when top... More
Research & Initiatives

Air Quality Research Program

The specific goal of the State of Texas Air Quality Research Program (AQRP) is to support scientific research related to Texas air quality, in the areas of emissions inventory development, atmospheric chemistry, meteorol... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Air Resources Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Research in the Air Resources emphasis area, within the EWRE program, is an interdisciplinary effort that encompasses atmospheric chemistry, ambient air quality monitoring and modeling, indoor air quality, and air pollut... More
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Air Resources Engineering Program

The University of Texas at Austin has developed one of the world's largest and most active programs in Air Resources Engineering. The University of Texas Program in Air Resources Engineering (UTPARE) currently includes ... More
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Air Sampling and Analysis (CE 397)

Collection and analysis of air samples for gaseous and particulate contaminants. Gas flow rate and calibration techniques, stationary source sampling and analysis, indoor air sampling, ozone and NOX ambient air modeling.... More
Faculty & Staff

Alford, Elizabeth

Elizabeth has taught design studios at UTSOA for six years, as well as a seminar on construction systems for houses. She is currently at work on a book titled "Site::Offsite; Architecture and the Factory-Built House," fo... More
Research & Initiatives

Algae-Based Biofuels

The University of Texas at Austin is conducting a multidisciplinary research and development program directed toward extraction of triglycerides from algae for the production of transportation fuels. The triglyceride ext... More
Faculty & Staff

Allen, David

Dr Allen is the Director of the State of Texas Air Quality Research Program; his research group has been active for decades in performing measurements and modeling of regional air quality; he was one of the lead investig... More
Research & Initiatives

Alley Flat Initiative

The Alley Flat Initiative is a collaboration between the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, and the Austin Community Design and Development Center.... More
Faculty & Staff

Almy, Dean

Applied Research in Sustainable Urbanism. Dallas Urban Laboratory More
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Alper, Hal

Using a variety of host systems, we seek to develop the necessary genetic tools and methodologies for creating industrially-relevant organisms for biomolecules, biofuels, and biopharmaceuticals. To accomplish this task, ... More
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American Dilemmas (URB 354; SOC 336C; WGS 345)

Examines a variety of critical American social problems, including problems in the economic, political, and health care systems, as well as inequities based on income, gender, and race. Three lecture hours a week for one... More
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Amos, Anthony F.

Tony Amos has been with The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas for the past 33 years. He officially retired in 2003 but continues an active role in the University as a Research Fellow doing long... More
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An Augmented Risk Information Seeking Model: The Case of Global Warming

This effort argues for an augmented version of the relatively new Risk Information Seeking and Processing (RISP) Model, and subsequently applies this augmented RISP model specifically to environmental risk information se... More
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An Institutional and Legal Assessment of an Instream Aeration Project in the Houston Ship Channel

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An Inverse Model Study of Abrupt Climate Change

A leading theory of abrupt change invokes the susceptibility of the meridional overturning circulation (MOC) and zonally- and depth-integrated heat flux (Fh) in the Atlantic, to glacial meltwater discharges from northern... More
Faculty & Staff

Angel, Jacqueline

At the LBJ School, Professor Angel teaches courses on policy development with respect to health care, population diversity with a special emphasis on Hispanic families, and inequality in an aging society. Her research in... More
Research & Initiatives

Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK)

The Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) rehabilitates birds, especially aquatic birds, sea turtles, terrestrial turtles and tortoises. The ARK also deals with stranded (dead) sea turtles and marine mammals through our long ... More
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Animals and American Culture: Selected Historical Topics (AMS 370; HIS 350; TC 302; WGS 345)

One of the goals of this interdisciplinary upper-division undergraduate seminar is to explore the following question: What does the U.S. history survey look like if we place animals at the center of our analysis? This cl... More
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Applied Geomorphology and Geo-Archaeology Laboratory

The Applied Geomorphology and Geo-Archaeology Laboratory is designed for field study and laboratory analysis of soils, sediments, and archaeological materials. It is equipped with appropriate computer facilities. It supp... More
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Appraisal of Available Analytical Tools to Assess Environmental Justice Impacts of Toll Road Projects

In Texas, road pricing (e.g., toll roads or managed lanes) is considered a key tool to build needed transportation infrastructure. This has raised questions about environmental justice (EJ) and how it relates to tolling... More
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Aquatic Entomology (BIO 321L; BIO 384K)

We will learn the taxonomy of aquatic insects and their use in biomonitoring. Two lecture hours and three hours of laboratory or fieldwork a week for one semester.\r\n More
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Aquifer Testing (GEO 191W)

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Faculty & Staff

Armstrong, Neal

Dr. Armstrong's interests are primarily water quality management, analysis, modeling, and policy and include water pollution ecology (including biomonitoring and bioassessment). His current research includes: eutrophica... More
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Asher, John Hart

John's expertise includes sustainable roadside design; project management; sustainable water quality and detention practices; soil restoration/conservation practices; compost for restoration purposes; invasive species tr... More
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Assessing Energy Requirements and Material Flows of Selective Laser Sintering Nylon Powder

Selective laser sintering (SLS) is a laser-based, additive manufacturing method for creating functional parts. Parts are built from a CAD model, layer-by-layer. The part is built inside a powder bed, and most of this pow... More
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ATI Clean Energy Incubator

The ATI Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) gives young clean energy companies the resources they need to succeed and grow into self-sustaining entities that contribute jobs to Austin and intellectual capital to the world. Loca... More
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Atkinson, Lucinda Jane

Dr. Atkinson studies sustainable consumption and political participation. This research agenda incorporates: the connections between environmental values and consumer behavior; the overlap of consumption and civics; the ... More
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Atkinson, Simon

Professor Atkinson is active as an urban consultant, currently, as the contracted consultant to Capital Metro Transit Authority in charge of design proposals for a light rail system for Austin, Texas. Atkinson has also d... More
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Atmosphere Transport and Dispersion Model (CE 396L.5 )

Mathematical models of contaminant transport in the atmosphere; atmospheric turbulence and air pollution meteorology; Gaussian plume, gradient transport, and higher-order closure models; theoretical development and pract... More
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Austin Area Environmental Issues (UGS 302)

A freshman signature course. 18 students. Discussion format. Writing flag. Contents span a range of Austin environmental issues: water use, endangered species, green building, park management, recycling, etc. More
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Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership

The mission of the Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership is to support sustainable development and a healthy riparian ecosystem along the Austin to Bastrop River Corridor. It is a critical time to recognize the value... More
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Bacteria Levels in Discharges from Road Right-of-Way

Excessive bacteria concentrations are the most common cause of water quality impairments in Texas, with almost 300 waterbodies identifi ed by the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ) as not meeting state stand... More
Faculty & Staff

Baldick, Ross

Dr. Baldick's current research involves optimization and economic theory applied to electric power system operations, the public policy and technical issues associated with electric transmission under deregulation, and t... More
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Banner, Jay

Jay Banner's research and teaching interests center on Earth surface processes with the goal of understanding the interactions that occur between the atmosphere-land-ocean systems, and how these interactions are preserve... More
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Barbara, Paul

Dr. Barbara\'s current research is focused on the molecular level underpinnings of the electro-optical properties of organic photovoltaic materials. The ultimate goal is to make rigorous connections between the molecular... More
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Bard, Allen J.

Our group works on the application of electrochemical methods to chemical problems. We are particularly interested in using electrochemistry to elucidate the behavior and properties of novel organic and inorganic species... More
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Barrett, Michael

Dr. Barrett's research interests include the quality, impacts, and mitigation of urban, agricultural, and construction site stormwater runoff; statistical analysis of water quality data, structural and nonstructural best... More
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Basic Botany and Native Plants (LAR 384)

Students will study plant form and function using native plant species as an examples. The goal of the course is to become familiar with Plant biology and physiology and to be able to identify general characteristics of ... More
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Basic Ecology for Designers & Planners (CRP 383)

Basic ecological concepts to be covered in the lecture component of the course include: the physical environment (e.g., water, nutrient cycling, climate; concepts of ecosystem, biome and ecotone); species interactions (e... More
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Be Plantwise: A Partnership for Conservation

Be PlantWise is a partnership between the National Park Service, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The Garden Club of America, and the National Invasive Species Council to educate the public and communities about best... More
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Beaman, Michael

Professor Beaman focuses on outlier and theoretical design problems and their implications on the built environment, advanced technology, global culture and politics. His research focuses on theory and application of de... More
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Bench-Top Modelling of Ice Dynamics

Analogue models have been used extensively in the Earth sciences to improve understanding of natural processes. Here we apply these techniques to simulate water flow under ice sheets and glaciers. Ice deformation is repr... More
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Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research

What do we know about the possible poisons that industrial technologies leave in our air and water? How reliable is the science that federal regulators and legislators use to protect the public from dangerous products? A... More
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Berberoglu, Halil

Dr. Berberoglu’s research integrates thermal-fluid sciences with bio- and nano-technology and focuses on exploiting a wide range of renewable energy sources and carbon sequestration technologies. His research activitie... More
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Bertelsen, Michelle

Ecologist Bertelsen’s expertise is in ecological research. She works on site analysis, ecological and land management, water resource protection and landscape restoration. She has a master’s degree in recreation, par... More
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Bhat, Chandra

Dr. Bhat's research interests include transportation systems analysis, travel demand modeling, policy evaluation of the effect of transportation control measures on mobility and mobile source emissions, marketing researc... More
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Bickel, J. Eric

J. Eric Bickel's research interests include the theory and practice of decision analysis and its application in the energy arena. His research has addressed the modeling of probabilistic dependence, value of information,... More
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Bielawski, Christopher W.

We are broadly interested in synthesizing, studying, and applying unique organic and organometallic polymeric materials. Often this requires the discovery and development of new fundamental reactions. As such, our resear... More
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Biodiversity and Biocultural Conservation Laboratory

The major thrusts of our research is in systematic biodiversity conservation and restoration planning and disease ecology and epidemiology. However, we are interested in all areas of computational and mathematical biolog... More
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Biodiversity and the Law (GRG 396T; PA 388K)

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Biodiversity Conservation (GRG 392M)

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Biodiversity, Dynamics, and Crises (UGS 302)

This seminar is an introduction to biodiversity, which refers to the diversity of living organisms. We will also examine the crises species face due to human activities and global warming. More
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Biogeography (GRG 366K)

Contemporary patterns of plant and animal distribution, and the environmental and historical processes affecting them. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and three semester... More
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Biological Oceanographic Processes (MNS 384T)

An advanced course in biological processes in oceanic and coastal waters, with emphasis on empirical and theoretical concepts of marine ecosystem dynamics, primary and secondary production, and detrital cycling. Three le... More
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Biological Oceanography (MNS354T)

Introduction to the organisms in the sea, their adaptations to the environment, and the factors that control their distribution and abundance. The course emphasizes laboratory and field work with organisms found in the c... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Biological Sciences Track - Environmental Science (BS)

Students in the Biological Sciences Track within the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program make their academic home in the School of Biological Sciences within the College of Natural Sciences. EVS s... More
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Biological Systems in Sustainable Design (BIO 386)

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Black, Sinclair

In Austin, Mr. Black is both professionally and personally involved with neighborhood groups, parks advocates, and the downtown business community, and has endeavored throughout his career to facilitate consensus on a wi... More
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Blackhurst, Michael

Evaluating the life-cycle public and private impacts of sustainable building technologies under system constraints. More
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Blais, Lynn

Professor Blais teaches Administrative Law, Environmental Law, and Property. In her research, she is primarily interested in issues involving natural resource allocation, and, in particular, the decision making processes... More
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Blankenship, Donald

Dr. Blankenship's current research vision centers on laying the scientific foundation for diagnosing how properties and processes at the basal interface of ice sheets characterized by beds lying well below sea level (i.e... More
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Border Health Policy (PA 388D)

This is a collaborative course between the LBJ School of Public Affairs and The University of Texas School of Public Health. This course examines the history of US-Mexico relations and health policy with an emphasis on i... More
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Boske, Leigh

Leigh B. Boske is Professor of Economics at the LBJ School. His teaching and research interests have focused on transportation policy, economics and finance. His published research has been on national and international ... More
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Boyles, Stephen

Network modeling; dynamic traffic assignment; transportation user behavior; infrastructure systems More
Centers & Institutes

Brackenridge Field Laboratory

Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL) is a premier urban field research station for studies in biodiversity, ecosystem change and natural history. The lab is of critical importance to The University of Texas at Austin's to... More
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Brand, Jerry

A major research interest of Jerry Brand is the mechanism of freezing damage in algal cells and processes that protect them from chilling and freezing damage. Studies are directed toward the development of improved proce... More
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Breecker, Daniel

Breecker is primarily interested in pursuing a process-based understanding of soils and the "critical zone" with the goal of determining how climate influences soils and how soils influence climate. A better understandin... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Bridging Disciplines Program in the Environment

The Environment BDP gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplinary approaches to environmental processes and contemporary environmental issues. By bringing together courses in natural sciences, socia... More
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Brown, R. Malcolm Jr.

algae: algal culture, cyanobacteria, role of algae as feedstock providers for biofuels, airborne algae, role of algae in cellulose biosynthesis; biofuels: role of cyanobacteria and algae in production of feedstocks and b... More
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Brownfields Seminar: Redeveloping Contaminated Land (CRP 383)

Brownfields typically are abandoned, idled, or underused industrial or commercial land and buildings where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.1 The cleanup and subs... More
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Bsumek, Erika

Professor Bsumek has written on Native American history, the history of the consumption and production of both manufactured and handmade goods in the United States, and on the history of anthropology. She has also co-edi... More
Research & Initiatives

Build Carbon Neutral

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Mithun, a multidisciplinary design practice (www.mithun.com), have joined forces to expand our current understanding of the construction industry\'s role in global warming and ... More
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Building a Sustainable Region (CRP 384)

This course will be organized as a reading and research seminar concentrating on planning and policy interventions aimed at reducing green house gasses (GHG) and other environmental externalities. A primary goal will to ... More
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Building and Sustaining Local Communities (PA 388K)

This course uses a place-based policy framework to examine development in and around urban centers. Development is defined operationally as adaptive capacity – the ability to learn and successfully adjust to change in ... More
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Building Codes and the Environment (ARC 386M)

This course will be offered infrequently. Building and technological codes, too often ignored in design education, are the principal means by which societies attempt to shape the built environment. This seminar is histo... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Building Energy and Environments Program -- Architectural Engineering (MSE)

The Building Energy and Environments program (BEE) consists of faculty, staff and students who focus on a wide range of issues related to building environments. These issues include building energy usage, energy flows, a... More
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Building Energy and Environments Technical Area Option - Architectural Engineering (BS)

The Building Environmental Systems area of practice involves the design of the building environment thermal comfort, acoustics and noise control, indoor air quality, illumination, and plumbing and electrical systems. Thi... More
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Building Environmental Systems (ARE 346N)

Planning and design of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; noise and vibration control systems; power distribution and lighting systems; introduction to plumbing systems. More
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Building Information Modeling for Capital Projects (CE 395 R7)

This course focuses on the skills and information needed to effectively use an existing Building Information Model (BIM) in plan execution for a building construction project. This is a project-based course where student... More
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Building Integrated Photovoltaic (ARC 386M; ARC 350R)

The goal is to develop a typology for building-integrated PV systems and to study the technical and economical potential of the integration of PV components in the building fabric of the campus of UT Austin. A real-scale... More
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Building the Sustainable City (SOC 321K)

Building the Sustainable City is an interdisciplinary course that examines why we have to create more sustainable living environments, what we are presently doing to rebuild American cities in more sustainable ways, and ... More
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Built Environment and Public Health (CRP 384)

This course examines the relationship between the built environment and public health issues. Issues include the negative impacts of sprawl, residential segregation, accessibility of public transport, and access to susta... More
Centers & Institutes

Bureau of Economic Geology

The Bureau of Economic Geology, established in 1909, is the oldest research unit at The University of Texas at Austin. The Bureau, part of The John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of T... More
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Burgin, John

Dr. Burgin's research interests include water resources planning and management; network optimization; and expert geographic information systems. More
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Busby, Joshua

Busby is the author of several studies on climate change, national security, and energy policy from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution, and CNAS. His research interests also include U.S. grand st... More
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Business and Economy Development In East Austin (PA 682A)

Fall 2006. East Austin, a long aggrieved and misunderstood area, is undergoing dramatic change. Low-income and minority (African-American and Hispanic) communities in this area date from the 1930s and until recent times,... More
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Business and the Environment (MKT 382)

Environmental issues affect firms in many ways and often cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines, such as economics, marketing, engineering and law. In this course, we focus on the design and implementation of ma... More
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Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (MKT 382)

This course will cover a variety of topics relevant to business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Although for administrative reasons the course is listed under marketing, it is not a marketing course and shoul... More
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Buskey, Edward

Zooplankton Ecology Behavior and sensory perception of zooplankton; bioluminescence of marine plankton; predator-prey interactions; photobehavior; role of zooplankton grazers in phytoplankton bloom dynamics Estua... More
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Butler, John C.

Valuation, Energy Finance, Corporate Financial Planning More
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Butler, John S.

JOHN SIBLEY BUTLER performs research in organizational behavior and entrepreneurship, specifically immigrant and minority entrepreneurship, and his books include Entrepreneurship and Self-Help Among Black America: A Reco... More
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Butzer, Karl

Environmental history and geoarchaeology, human impact on the environment, sustainability, soil erosion and climate change in the Mediterranean world, Africa and Mexico. More
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Callan, Benedicte

Benedicte Callan joined the LBJ of Public Affairs research team as a Sid Richardson Fellow for innovation and health policy and as a research affiliate of the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) in the fall of 20... More
Research & Initiatives

CAM Mix Design with Local Materials in Texas

In the mix design of crack attenuating mixes (CAM) using local aggregates, any use of lower quality aggregates for the construction of asphalt pavements could affect sustainability. The focus of this study will be on the... More
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Campion, Alan

I am interested in a wide variety of physical and chemical phenomena that occur at solid surfaces or at interfaces. These processes are intellectually interesting because of dimensionality, challenging because of the sma... More
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Carbon Capture and Sequestration

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Carbon Finance (PA 188G)

The focus of this course is on carbon finance contributed by governments and companies in developed countries to purchase project-based greenhouse gas emission reductions in developing countries and countries with econom... More
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Carr, David L.

David Carr is a petroleum geologist whose primary interests lie in clastic sedimentology and stratigraphy. He has served as a consultant, performing a variety of reservoir characterization and exploration projects that h... More
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Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law

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Catania, Ginny

Ginny Catania's research interests include understanding ice sheet and glacier changes both from natural variability and climate forced variability, improving the observational data sets, improved understanding of the dy... More
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Catch-and-Release Mortality Rates in Red Snapper

Red snapper are prized sport and commercial food fish everywhere they are found. Intense fishing pressure has caused the species to become one of conservation concern. Strict size limits require sport fishermen to rele... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Electrochemistry

The CEC was established in 2006 to capitalize on a half century of excellence in electrochemistry at UT-Austin to foster collaborative research programs in the electrochemical sciences. Our broad mission is to advance re... More
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Center for Electromechanics

The University of Texas at Austin has grown its Center for Electromechanics into a world class center for modeling, analyzing, designing, and fabricating advanced electrical power generation and distribution systems. The... More
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Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER)

The Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER) serves as a liaison for energy and environmental research, education, and public service at the University of Texas at Austin. It focuses on efficient and economic... More
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Center for Energy Finance Education & Research (CEFER)

The Department of Finance at the Mccombs School of Business has identified energy finance and financial risk management as key areas for innovative research and curriculum development. Energy and capital markets are und... More
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Center for Environmental Research (CER) at Hornsby Bend

The Center for Environmental Research at the Austin Water Utility's Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant is a partnership formed in 1989 with the City of Austin, the University of Texas, and Texas A&M University to su... More
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Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law

The Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law at the University of Texas School of Law offers an extensive and unique curriculum to students interested in these areas of the law. The Cent... More
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Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (CIEEP)

The University of Texas at Austin chartered the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (CIEEP) in the summer of 2005 to establish a dedicated policy center in one of the University's longstanding areas ... More
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Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology

Nanotechnology, a science that manipulates materials with atomic or molecular precision, is regarded as the next basic technology to follow Information Technology and Biotechnology. Nanotechnology promises new solutions ... More
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Center for Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering

The mission of the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Research (CPGE) is to encourage and develop interdisciplinary research in petroleum and geosystems engineering as well as other areas related to energy a... More
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Center for Research in Water Resources

"Located at UT's J.J. Pickle Research Campus, CRWR carries out advanced research, education, design, and planning in water resources and waste management, primarily related to Texas but also involving other areas of the ... More
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Center for Space Research

The University of Texas at Austin, Center for Space Research was established in 1981 to conduct research in orbit determination, space geodesy, the Earth and its environment, exploration of the solar system, as well as e... More
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Center for Subsurface Modeling

The Center for Subsurface Modeling (CSM) investigates high-performance parallel processing as a tool to model the behavior of fluids in permeable geologic formations such as petroleum and natural gas reservoirs, groundwa... More
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Center for Sustainable Development

The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) is unique in its successful integration of diverse interests to develop creative, balanced, achievable solutions to the physical and social challenges facing the planning, con... More
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Center for Sustainable Water Resources

The Center for Sustainable Water Resources conducts studies related to water quantity and quality aspects of water resources at local scales using field studies and regional scales using remote sensing and at annual to m... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Transportation Research

Since its inception in 1963, the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at The University of Texas at Austin has evolved into one of the leading university-based transportation research facilities in the U.S. Its ongoi... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Certificate in Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law - Master of Laws Program

The Law School's new Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law will allow LLM students to take advantage of a unique and innovative program. The Center is the only one of its kind, offeri... More
Research & Initiatives

Changing Climate: Biological Affects of Global Warming

At BFL, Parmesan and her students continue their investigations into how climate change and global warming might be affecting our ecosystems. Doctoral candidate John Matthews is looking at dragonflies that spend their yo... More
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Changing Sea-Ice Cover in the Bering Sea over the Holocene

Arctic sea ice has shown a substantial decline over recent decades, leading to significant concern over the potentially disasterous feedback effects of these changes on the cliamte system. The ability of sea ice cover to... More
Faculty & Staff

Charbeneau, Randall

Dr. Charbeneau's research interests include groundwater hydrology; subsurface fate and transport of chemicals; radiological assessment; and modeling. More
Courses

Chemical Dynamics in the Environment (CE 397)

Environmental chemodynamics: interphase equilibrium, reactions, transport processes and related models for anthropogenic substances across natural interfaces (air-water-sediment-soil) and associated boundary regions. More
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Chemical Hydrogeology (GEO 476M)

An introduction to aqueous geochemistry and contaminant hydrogeochemistry; topics include basic thermodynamics, kinetics, rock-water interactions, and solute transport. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week... More
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Chemistry and the Environment (UGS 303)

Designed for students with only high-school background in the subject of chemistry. Topic description: Elementary topics in environmental chemistry: essential chemical and physical processes in the earth's atmosphere; in... More
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Children's Environmental Health (GRG 356)

Each year, hundreds of chemicals are found in Americans of all ages, including lead, mercury, dioxins and PCBs. Studies have detected antibacterial agents from liquid soaps in infants' cord blood, breast milk, and childr... More
Faculty & Staff

Civins, Jeff

Mr. Civins specializes in all aspects of environmental law and toxic tort litigation and has taught a seminar on Environmental Litigation each Spring since 1992. More
Research & Initiatives

Clean Energy in Texas

Sponsor: Texas Committee on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Clean Energy Materials Thrust - Materials Science and Engineering (MS,PhD)

Rapid depletion of fossil fuels and growing environmental concerns make energy one of the greatest challenges facing humankind in the 21st century. The Clean Energy Materials Thrust is focused on the design and developme... More
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Clean Energy Technologies & Public Policy (PA 680)

This PRP will investigate a minimum of 12 clean energy technologies within the domains of renewable energy power production, transmission and distribution; energy efficiency technologies; alternative energy transportatio... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

CleanTech Concentration - Business Administration (MBA)

The CleanTech concentration prepares you for a career in renewable energy, energy efficiency and emissions abatement. This field is one of the fastest growing employment areas for MBAs. Clean technology companies are see... More
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Climate Change (PA 682GB)

This PRP examines the topic of climate change and security in Africa. In this course, we will be mapping the vulnerability of African states to climate change using geographic information systems (GIS) for a large grant ... More
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Climate Change (GRG 333K)

Examines changes in climatic systems over both short and long time periods in relation to impacts on physical and ecological systems. Discusses past, present, and future changes in climatic conditions and the methods use... More
Research & Initiatives

Climate Change Adaptation Strategies - Rio Santa Basin, Peru

Researchers from the Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) at The University of Texas at Austin engaged in a program of developing water management tools for use in the Rio Santa basin of Peru. The research is ... More
Research & Initiatives

Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS)

The Robert S. Strauss Center’s Program on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) seeks to better understand the relationship between the growing threat of climate change and the ability of African count... More
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Climate Change and Cultural Theory (ARC 386M)

Application of theories from philosophy, political ecology, science and technology studies, discourse theory, anthropology, and sociology in order to sketch approaches to climate change beyond the divisions of nature and... More
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Climate Change and Public Discourse-W (GRG 360E)

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Climate Change Law and Policy (PA 188G)

PA 188G Climate Change Law and Policy is an intensive introduction to international and national debates on the appropriate responses to global warming. More
Research & Initiatives

Climate Change Working Group, ESI

UT's Environmental Science Institute's Climate Change Working Group has members focused on all aspects of Climate Change such as history, modeling, impacts, process studies, remediation, and education and outreach. More
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Climate Change: Current Literature (GEO 391)

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Climate Dynamics (GEO 387D)

The purpose of this course is to develop a physical understanding of the climate system. Processes that determine climate and contribute to its change are discussed, and applications to contemporary climate variability a... More
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Climate System Modeling (GEO 347G; GEO 387G)

Studies the basic theory of climate system modeling using state-of-the-art regional climate models in a variety of applications. Subjects may include paleoclimate study and future climate prediction based on greenhouse g... More
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Climate System Modeling (GEO 387G)

Studies the basic theory of climate system modeling using state-of-the-art regional climate models in a variety of applications. Subjects may include paleoclimate study and future climate prediction based on greenhouse g... More
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Climate System Physics (GEO 371; GEO 391)

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Climate Systems Discussion (GEO 391)

This class helps advanced graduate students in climate to improve their critical reading of current literature, with topics emphasized changing from year to year. This year, the course is emphasizing the impacts of clima... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Climate Systems Science - Geological Science (MA, MS, PhD)

Modern climate change may be the single most important problem humanity has ever faced. The new Climate Systems Science program at the Jackson School of Geosciences is poised to answer some of the most pressing questions... More
Research & Initiatives

Climate Systems Science Research Group

The Jackson School of Geosciences Climate Systems Science group includes researchers from diverse geoscience disciplines coming together to improve our understanding of the Earth\'s climate system. The group is involved ... More
Courses

Climate Walks (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

The architecture of the future will need to be based on detailed climatic analysis, taking into account the impact of solar radiation, temperature, humidity and wind on buildings. Only close attention to the climate and ... More
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Climate: Past, Present, Future (GEO 302C)

Designed for nonscience majors. Principal factors that determine Earth's climate, evidence of climate change, causes of climate change, natural climatic variations and human-induced changes, prediction of climate in the ... More
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Coastal Environmental Science in Texas Bays (MNS s152T)

"Practical studies of Texas coastal environments with various analytical and observation methods to better understand the health and functioning of coastal ecosystem. Specifically, the main foci of the class would be bet... More
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Coastal Watersheds (MSN F152T)

This field-based course will emphasize river water sampling and flow measurement techniques that are essential for estimating the transport of materials from land into the coastal ocean. More
Faculty & Staff

Cohen, Jane

Jane Cohen's sustainability interests include water law and policy issues. More
Research & Initiatives

Collaborative Research. IPY: Arctic Great Rivers Observatory (Arctic-GRO)

The Arctic Great Rivers Observatory (Arctic-GRO) project will assess river constituent (chemistry, isotopes, nutrients) fluxes and discharge in the Ob\', Yenisey, Lena, Kolyma, Yukon and Mackenzie Rivers. These observati... More
Research & Initiatives

Collaborative Research: Calibrating the Paleosol Carbonate CO2 Barometer for Vertic Paleosols by Monitoring Soil CO2 in Modern Vertisols

Intellectual Merit: A calibration of the paleosol carbonate CO2 barometer is proposed in order to improve estimates of the concentration of CO2 in Earth\'s ancient atmosphere. The concentration of CO2 in the soil during ... More
Research & Initiatives

Collaborative Research: Chemical Weathering and Organic Carbon Export from Arctic Watersheds, North Slope, Alaska

Recent climate change has dramatically impacted the Arctic, and models suggest that accelerated effects will occur in the future as CO2 continues to accumulate in the atmosphere. Understanding this problem is important b... More
Research & Initiatives

Commons Ignorance: The Failure of Environmental Law to Provide the Information Needed to Protect Public Health and the Environment

One of the most significant problems facing environmental law is the dearth of scientific information available to assess the impact of industrial activities on public health and the environment. After documenting the si... More
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Communicating about Science and the Environment (COM 370)

Global Climate Change represents just one topic in one of the “hottest” fields in communication--reporting on science and the environment. Add in Austin and Texas’ intricate environmental challenges--from water sup... More
Research & Initiatives

Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk (ComSHER)

The members of ComSHER are dedicated to the pursuit of high quality mass communication scholarship and high academic and professional standards for mass communication education - particularly as these relate to science c... More
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Communication Development & Social Enterprise (MKT 372)

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Community Development In Health Promotion (SW 395K)

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Community Development: History and Current Practices (CRP 385C)

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Comparative Ecosystems (GRG 366C)

The important ecosystem processes that affect the distributions, characteristics, and management of natural environments at landscape, regional, and continental scales. Ecosystem functions, including nutrient cycling, wa... More
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Comparative Environmental Law (LAW 241P)

Property rights and the environment, constitutional basis for environmental protection, sustainable development and the role of law, environmental enforcement, and trade and environment. Law 241P, 341P and 379M (Topic: C... More
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Comparative Methods Radiation Transportation (ME 388F)

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Concepts in Marine Conservation Biology (MNS F352)

General principles and examples of conservation biology as applied to marine environments. Topics include biodiversity, fisheries, ecosystem management and human dimensions. Offered by video link from Port Aransas for st... More
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Concepts in Marine Conservation Laboratory (MSN F152L)

This course is taught in Port Aransas. More
Research & Initiatives

Concho Community Garden

Growing food for individuals, local food shelters, UT Dining Services; Educating our campus and city communities about growing local, organic food, and realizing its place within the greater context of conventional food ... More
Research & Initiatives

Concrete Technology and Durability

Any research directed toward improving concrete performance and durability also has the benefit of improving sustainability. Concrete durability is one of the most important areas of research in our field. Durability pr... More
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Conservation (GRG 306C)

This course will trace a history of conservation ideas in order to understand how environment is conceived of and managed. We will examine a range of conservation topics including ideas of wilderness and sustainable deve... More
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Conservation Biology (BIO 375; BIO 384K)

Application of principles of ecology to the preservation of wild plant and animal species and to the preservation, management, and restoration of natural and seminatural ecosystems. Emphasis on scientific, biological asp... More
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Conservation, Resources, and Technology (GRG 334)

Analysis of the relationship between the human population and its resource base, with particular emphasis on current problems in environmental resource management. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisit... More
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Contemporary Transportation Issues (CE 391T)

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Research & Initiatives

Contributions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Forgotten River Watershed Management Plan: Ft. Quitman to Presidio, Texas

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracted with the University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research (CSR) to compile and create digital Geographic Information System (GIS) data for the Forgotten River Watershed ... More
Faculty & Staff

Cook, Kerry

My research centers on improving our physical understanding of climate variability and climate change to improve prediction on all time scales. For the pressing concerns of greenhouse-gas induced climate change, we reco... More
Research & Initiatives

Cool It

My research is featured in this documentary, which addresses possible responses to climate change. More
Courses

Corporate Governance (MAN 385 62; MKT 382; LAW 354D)

Introduction to the data and tools used to analyze the business environment and enable marketing decision making. Uses real-world data and problems to evaluate strategic market opportunities and assess the impact of mark... More
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Corporate Social Responsible International Business (IB 372)

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Research & Initiatives

Corpus Christi Air Quality Project

As a result of a Court Ordered Condition of Probation the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) awarded The University of Texas at Austin... More
Faculty & Staff

Corsi, Richard L.

Dr. Corsi's research focuses on the physics and chemistry of indoor air. He has served as principal investigator on over 60 research projects, ranging from the sorptive interactions between polar/non-polar VOCs and indoo... More
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Cost-Effective Capture & Storage of CO2 through Energy Production from Saline Aquifers

The potential to sequester very large volumes of CO2 in deep saline aquifers is very well known. A significant fraction of these deep, high-temperature aquifers are saturated with CH4 (methane) at pressures exceeding nor... More
Faculty & Staff

Crews, Kelley

Landuse Ecology & Management, GIS & Remote Sensing, Environmental Policy Analysis, and Population-Environment Interactions with fourteen years field experience in the Global Tropics More
Courses

Cross-Border Water Management (GRG 391; GEO 391; MES 381; PA 682)

This course is concerned with environmental management across three sets of borders: (a) the Mexico-Texas border; (b) the boundaries between the Palestinian Authority and Israel; and (c) the border between Pakistan and I... More
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Cross-Disciplinary Global Project Development: U.S. and Abroad (S W 360K; S W 395K)

Community-based project development is an effort to create positive change to enhance people's lives. Yet, the current U.S. discourse on global development is often limited to a location abroad” while domestic project ... More
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Crossborder Environmental Management (GRG 396T; PA 682A)

This course is concerned with environmental management across four sets of borders: (a) the Canada-US border; (b) the Mexico-Texas border; (c) the boundaries between the Palestinian Authority and Israel; and (d) the bord... More
Research & Initiatives

CSD Living Lab

The West Mall Building (where the Center for Sustainable Devleopment is located) is desperately in need of renovation. The space is poorly planned and inefficiently utilized. In conjunction with a major renovation plan f... More
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Cultural Ecology (GRG 331K; ANT 324L)

Long-term patterns and processes of conversion of planet Earth to the human home, including the emergence of humans, the achievement of control over the food supply, the emergence of civilizations, and globalization. Thr... More
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Culture and Food (NTR 316)

Influence of culture on foodways around the world. More
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Customer Strategy (MKT 382)

Today, businesses have recognized the power of deep, creative understanding of customers, and the financial benefits of creating systematic responses to customer needs throughout the enterprise and beyond. Successful com... More
Faculty & Staff

Cutright, Bruce

Dr.Cutright has thirty years’ experience in hydrogeologic and water resources consulting practice, including delineation of groundwater flow systems, well hydraulics, waste-water recycling and reuse, water law and wate... More
Faculty & Staff

Dana, Peter

Dr. Dana's research interests include Geographic Information Science (GIS), Global Positioning Systems, Participatory Mapping, and Ethnogeography.Dr. Dana has supported GPS/GIS projects in Canada, Honduras, Israel, Italy... More
Faculty & Staff

Dangel, Ulrich

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses in Design, Construction, Architectural Detailing, Structural Design. Thermal Lab experimental research and simulation of architectural components. More
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Davis, Janet

Dr. Davis' research interests include U.S. cultural and social history; popular culture; social thought; animal studies; women’s and gender history; U.S. social movements; and modern South Asia. Dr. Davis teaches on an... More
Research & Initiatives

Decadal to Century-Scale Climate Variability in the Southeast Asian Monsoon

Although past variability in the Asian and Indian monsoons have been relatively well-studied, changes in the southeast Asian monsoon is much less well-understood. To address this deficiency, we propose to study a series ... More
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Deep Democracy: Dialogue of Exchange (CRP 381)

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Design for Environment (CHE 341)

Overview of environmental assessment tools for chemical processes and products, including life cycle and risk assessments. Overview of design tools for improving environmental performance of chemical processes, including... More
Research & Initiatives

Design for Environment: Guidelines for Future Product Design

creased emphasis on the well-being of the environment for sustained health, quality of living, and wealth of resources is challenging corporations to innovate products which meet customer needs while using fewer and clea... More
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Design of Air Conditioning Systems (ME 374R)

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Design of Energy Efficient and Healthy Buildings (ARE 370; ARE 381E; CE 381E)

Design of buildings for low energy use and optimal indoor air quality. Includes ventilation, energy efficiency, moisture problems, and prevention by design. More
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Design of Nuclear Systems (ME 388N)

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Design of Wastewater and Water Treatment Facilities (CE 364)

Prerequisite: C E 356 and credit or registration for C E 342, or consent of instructor. More
Research & Initiatives

Develop a System to Support Preparation of Life-Cycle Budget Needs for Highways

Budget planning is important to managing highways. Ideally, the budget planning process can be streamlined by a procedure that would facilitate life-cycle budget needs analysis for highway sections from fence to fence, w... More
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Developing a Fundamental Understanding of the Chemistry of Warm Mix Additives

Porous friction course (PFC), more than any other pavement surface, serve to reduce tire-pavement noise and are used in lieu of or together with noise barriers to reduce sound levels in urban areas. PFC's enhance the dra... More
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Development of a Solar-Powered Vehicle (EE 309S; EE 362S; ME 379M; ASE 379L)

Analysis, design, and construction of a solar-powered car for national competitions involving other universities. Study of electrical, mechanical, and aerodynamic systems. Electrical Engineering 309K (Topic: Development ... More
Research & Initiatives

Development of an Integrated Superconducting Gravity Meter Sensor System

This grant supports acquisition, development and testing of a field superconducting gravity-meter (FSG) as an ultra-sensitive system for monitoring fluctuations and trends in subsurface water storage over long (months) u... More
Research & Initiatives

Development of Predictive Model for Bridge Deck Cracking and Strength Development

Early-age cracking, typically caused by drying shrinkage (and often coupled with autogenous and thermal shrinkage), can have several detrimental effects on long-term behavior and durability. Cracking can also provide ing... More
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Development Within a Low Carbon World (PA 388K)

This course seeks to prepare professionals for post-Kyoto climate negotiations and address sustainable development issues associated with adoption of climate-related technologies in developing nations. One half of th... More
Faculty & Staff

Dickinson, Robert

Dr. Robert Dickinson joined the Department of Geological Sciences in August of 2008. For the previous 9 years, he was Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and held the Georgia Power/ Georgia Research Alliance Chair at the G... More
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Difficult Dialogues: Framing Sustainability (UGS 302)

The word ‘sustainability’ is a wod that has been over-used – perhaps even depleted of meaning. However, the idea of sustainability can be an emotionally charged trigger, particularly during times of economic and st... More
Research & Initiatives

Digging for Clams: The Invasive Asian Clam

Ever since invasive Asian clams slipped into American waters in the 1920s, they’ve been wreaking havoc. The small clams pack together, clogging cooling lines of power plants and polluting the water when they die off in... More
Research & Initiatives

Digital Landscape Laboratory

The Environmental Information Systems Laboratory (EIS Lab) provides comprehensive resources for learning and research involving Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial analysis, hypermedia authoring... More
Research & Initiatives

Dispatchable Solar, Wind Storage System (DSWISS)

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Faculty & Staff

Dodabalapur, Ananth

Dr. Dodabalapur's teaching interests are in the areas of electronic circuits (undergraduate), organic and polymer semiconductors (graduate), and charge transport in organic semiconductors (graduate). His current researc... More
Faculty & Staff

Doggett, John

John Doggett's research and teaching interests include international entrepreneurship, global competition and Sustainability and Energy. Since 1999, Professor Doggett has spent part of each summer and winter teaching cou... More
Faculty & Staff

Dooling, Sarah

Urban ecology; Urban Vulnerabilities; Ecosystem Services; Spatial Justice; Interdisciplinary Pedagogy More
Research & Initiatives

Dragonfly Master: Insect Diversity and Ecology

Part of Abbott’s research focuses on using ant and beetle species as indicators of ecological disturbance. Changes in insect densities and diversity can provide insights into important ecological disturbances, like pol... More
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Drinking Water: Treatment and Public Health Issues (CE 385W)

Topics to be discussed are Drinking Water Regulations, Oxidation and Disinfection, Natural Organic Matter and Disinfection By-Products, Membrane Processes, Membrane Processes, Inorganics: Issues and Treatment, Synthetic ... More
Faculty & Staff

Dull, Robert

Dr. Dull regularly teaches undergraduate courses such as Environmental Hazards, Quaternary Landscapes, Human Use of the Earth, and the Natural Environment (Introductory Physical Geography). His regularly taught graduate ... More
Faculty & Staff

Duncan, Ian

Dr. Duncan leads the Earth Systems and Environment group at BEG. For the last 4 years Ian has been working on policy, as well as legal and technical aspects of carbon management in the context of CO2 Enhanced Oil Recove... More
Faculty & Staff

Dunton, Kenneth

Dr. Dunton's research interests include benthic marine vegetation of subtropical and polar regions, including the biology of high latitude kelps and the ecology of subtropical seagrass and estuarine marsh communities; st... More
Faculty & Staff

Durrenberger, Cyril

Cyril Durrenberger is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and a Research Fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests lie in issues relate... More
Faculty & Staff

Duthie, Jennifer

Dynamic Traffic Assignment Uncertainty in long-range forecasts Environmental Justice Non-motorized transportation More
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Dyer, James

James Dyer received his B.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests include risk management, multiple criteria decision making, and capital budgeting. Professor Dyer has off... More
Research & Initiatives

Dynamics of Ice Sheets: Advanced Simulation Models, Large-Scale Data Inversion, and Quantification of Uncertainty in Sea-Level Rise Projections

Simplified ice sheet models in current use are incapable of accounting for the dynamics of flow transitions that are key to how ice sheets respond to environmental change. It is these regions that are now rapidly changin... More
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Dynamics of Small-Scale Fisheries in Baja California Sur

Small-scale fisheries engage over 90% of the world’s fishers and produce over half the worlds annual marine fish catch, and are one of the dominant influences on coastal ecosystems. I am co-PI in an interdisciplinary r... More
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Dynamics of the West African Westerly Jet

This study focuses on the basic dynamics of the West African monsoon, and the processes that cause its variability on all time scales. It has long been recognized that the low-level flow across the West Coast of Africa ... More
Faculty & Staff

Dzienkowski, John

John Dzienkowski teaches and writes in the areas of professional responsibility of lawyers, real property, international energy transactions, and oil and gas taxation. More
Research & Initiatives

Early Life-History of Billfish in the Gulf of Mexico

The purpose of our project is to identify areas of the Gulf of Mexico with high densities of larval billfish. Very little information is known about the early life history of these fish, which is vital to producing sound... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Earth Science Track - Geography and the Environment (BA)

The Earth Science Track, within the Bachelor of Arts degree program in Geography, emphasizes the study of environmental processes at regional and global scales. Geomorphology and biogeography are the most important comp... More
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Earth, Wind, And Fire (GEO 302E)

Geologic phenomena that affect everyday life, including global warming, earthquakes, volcanism, desertification, river and coastline flooding and erosion, groundwater, mineral resources, and plate tectonics. More
Faculty & Staff

Eaton, David J.

David J. Eaton teaches courses on systems analysis, environmental and energy policy, and nonprofit management in the LBJ School. He has lectured in twenty countries and conducted field research in fifteen nations. Eaton... More
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Ecological Approach to Child Health (N 396T)

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Ecology (BIO 373)

Ecology is the scientific study of the complex interrelationships between organisms and their environments. This course surveys the fundamental principles in the field of ecology and prepares students for further advance... More
Research & Initiatives

Ecology and Conservation of the Spring Ecosystems of Cuatro Cienegas

The valley of Cuatrociénegas, in central Coahuila, México has the greatest number of endemic species of any place in North America (Stein et al, 2000). With its high biodiversity and more than 70 endemic species, this ... More
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Ecology and Environmental Policy (GRG 396T)

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Ecology laboratory (BIO 373L)

Intensive field ecology. Includes group field experiment and observation, independent projects, and field trips to other vegetation zones. Students complete weekly write-ups of observation and data analysis, reports of i... More
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Ecology of Urban and Regional Policy (GRG 396T)

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Ecology, Conservation and Restoration -- In Practice (BIO n437; GRG n456t)

The single greatest difficulty for achieving desired results becomes that of unrecognized human ignorance acted upon with overconfidence. In practice, successful management of natural resources, conservation and restorat... More
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Ecology, Evolution and Society (BIO 301M)

Designed for nonscience majors. Introduction to environmental adaptations, diversity of organisms, species interactions, organization and processes of communities, population growth and limitations, evolution and populat... More
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Economic Analysis in the Petroleum Industry (EER 396/PGE 389)

Graduate seminar covering a wide range of issues in energy and earth resources. Cross-listed with PGE. More
Research & Initiatives

Economic Considerations in Transportation System Development & Operations

An essential backbone of regional and national economies, transportation has a myriad of associations and impacts. An understanding of the casual mechanisms behind, and the extent of, these associations and impacts can b... More
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Economic Development and Social Change (SOC 395D)

This seminar aims to provide a general introduction to the field of economic development and social change. It will cover both macro sociological and micro sociological issues: economic development, the organization of ... More
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Economy/Value/Quality of Life (URB 352; ARC 350R)

In this course, each student is asked to consider the evolution and existence of both 'qualitative' and 'quantitative' worldviews/value systems/reality systems/systems of evaluation and how each create situations where f... More
Research & Initiatives

Ecosystem Based Management Tools Project

Increased population growth in coastal areas can result in pollution, habitat loss and degradation, overfishing, invasive species, and increased threats due to coastal hazards. Understanding the linkages between land use... More
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Ecosystem Services, Equity and Justice (CRP 383)

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Ecosystem-Climate Interactions in the Tropics on Orbital Timescale

Ecosystem change plays a critical role as a feedback mechanism in the global monsoon systems yet little is known about the role of these feedbacks on glacial-interglacial timescales. Drill cores collected from deep sedim... More
Faculty & Staff

Edgar, Tom

Control system monitoring and diagnosis, Microelectronics manufacturing, optimization. More
Research & Initiatives

Edwards Aquifer Working Group, ESI

The Edwards Aquifer Working Group strives to facilitate, coordinate and initiate diverse, multidisciplinary research and management efforts related to the Edwards aquifer of central Texas. Our diverse membership of acade... More
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Effects of Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico

The dead zone is an area of the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast where extremely low oxygen levels (hypoxia) at the ocean floor have killed or forced out marine organisms. Increased nutrients in the Mississippi Riv... More
Courses

Electric Power Law (LAW 397S)

This three-credit seminar course will survey the most prominent current legal issues affecting the electric power industry. Taught by two practicing attorneys - the Executive VP and General Counsel of Energy Future Holdi... More
Centers & Institutes

Electric Vehicle Transportation and Electricity Convergence Center (EV-TEC)

The Electric Vehicle Transportation and Electricity Convergence (EV-TEC) Center represents a joint effort by Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin, the National Science Foundation, and numerous corporat... More
Research & Initiatives

Electricity Transmission in the U.S. - Legal Issues and Trends

This paper is meant to provide a timely introduction and an edited currency review of developments in the pivotal area of electricity transmission development. The first two sections of this paper both feature the topic ... More
Research & Initiatives

Electrochemcial Supercapacitors

Electrochemical capacitors (double layer and redox capacitors) offer the important advantages of superior cyclability and high power capability compared to batteries. However, the limited capacitance of carbon materials ... More
Faculty & Staff

Elkins, Jules

Medical geography, environmental health economics, children's environmental health. More
Courses

Emerging Issues In Renewable Energy Policy (LAW 279M)

This course will cover federal legislative initiatives regarding climate change, renewable energy standards, and transmission policy from a renewable project developer\'s perspective. We will discuss the impact of provis... More
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Emerging Technologies (ARE 377K; ARC 350R)

London is home to many of the world's most innovative and influential Architecture and Engineering firms. This course takes students behind-the-scenes to learn about the latest design technologies of world-class building... More
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Emerging Trends in Oil and Gas Litigation (LAW 397S)

A three-hour seminar course in which you will write a term paper on a "cutting edge" issue in the oil & gas litigation area. We will study and discuss a broad range of topics within this area from analysis of express and... More
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Energy and Earth Resource Economics (EER 396;PGE 383)

Required core course for Energy and Earth Resources graduate students. Graduate seminar covering a wide range of issues in energy and earth resources. Cross-listed with PGE 383. More
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Energy and Indoor Air Quality: Field Measurements (ARE 383;CE397)

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Research & Initiatives

Energy and Innovation: Structural Change and Policy Implications

The move towards sustainable energy production and use is one the most challenging and profound changes currently taking place in the world’s established and emerging economies. Energy and Innovation: Structural Change... More
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Energy and Society (TC 357K)

An overview of energy and its role in culture, economics, war, and international affairs. Introduction to quantitative concepts in energy, including the differences among fuels and energy technologies. More
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Energy And The Environment (GEO 305E)

A survey of all forms of current and potential sources of energy, and how these might impact the earth's environment. Three lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. May not be counted ... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Energy Finance Concentration -- Business Administration (MBA)

After acceptance into the McCombs School, students have several choices of specializations from which to choose to pursue in their final year, including energy finance. Although an energy or finance background is not req... More
Courses

Energy Finance Practicum (FIN 394 15)

Work with real companies on real projects determined by the client organizations. More
Centers & Institutes

Energy Institute

The Energy Institute has been established at the University of Texas at Austin to provide the State of Texas and the Nation guidance for sustainable energy security through the pursuit of research and education programs ... More
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Energy Law (LEB 380.31; PA 388K; LAW 379M; EER 396)

This course is intended to introduce graduate students to the ways in which legal/regulatory systems affect the energy industry, and to the important economic and political concerns that underlie the regulation of produc... More
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Energy Law and Policy (LAW 397S)

This seminar on energy policy, transactions, litigation and regulation will cover both conventional energy sources such as oil and gas as well as newer alternative sources such as wind, solar, and biofuels. This seminar ... More
Centers & Institutes

Energy Management and Innovation Center

The mission of the Energy Management and Innovation Center is to contribute to a better understanding of the economic, commercial, and policy issues involved in the production, distribution, and consumption of energy. More
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Energy Modeling and Design Process (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Energy Optimization in Building Design (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

This course will introduce the student to whole-building energy simulation and energy optimization techniques using computer simulation, including the hourly simulation of dynamic thermal envelope loads, shading analysis... More
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Energy Optimization in Building Design (ARC 386M; ARC 350R )

This course will introduce the student to whole-building energy simulation and energy optimization techniques using computer simulation, including the hourly simulation of dynamic thermal envelope loads, shading analysis... More
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Energy Simulation in Building Design (ARE 371; ARE 383; CE 397)

Fundamentals of building energy simulations, analytical models for heat transfer in buildings, general numerical methods for solving equations from the analytical models, use of energy simulation tools in building design... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Energy Systems and Renewable Energy Technical Core - Electrical and Computer Engineering (BS)

The Energy Systems and Renewable Energy Technical Core provides the foundation for a career in electric power systems, generation, grid operation, motors and drives, and renewable energy sources. This Core involves the s... More
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Energy Systems Laboratory (ME 363L)

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Energy Technologies Technical Area Option - Chemical Engineering (BS)

The need for energy sustainability and new energy technologies provides some of the most significant scientific and engineering challenges that face society. Chemical engineers are uniquely qualified to address these iss... More
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Energy Technology and Policy (PA 388K; ME 397; ME 397M, EER 396; MAN 385.64; CHEM 359; CHEM 384)

Technology and policy related to energy supply and demand, oil and gas production, coal utilization, hydrogen production, fuel cells, transportation, nuclear power, solar and wind energy, biomass utilization, energy cons... More
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Energy Use and Opportunities in the Wastewater Treatment Sector

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Energy, Environmnet, and Society (UGS 303)

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Engineering and Management of Municipal and Industrial Residuals (CE 388N)

Characterization and collection of solid wastes; biological, chemical and physical principles and integrated systems applicable to the treatment and disposal of municipal and industrial reduals. Two lecture hours and thr... More
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Engineering Biology: Prospects for Biofuels to Biomedicine (UGS 302)

We have mastered the ability to alter bacteria and yeasts in such a way as to revolutionize energy production, health technology, the chemical industry, and environmental protection. We will examine the underlying techno... More
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Engineering Communication (CE 333T)

This course prepares engineering students to communicate engineering innovations and solutions to a range of audiences, from non-technical to technical. It also encourages them to think critically about sustainability an... More
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Engineering Hydrology: Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources (CE 394K.3)

Principles of geographic information systems, hydrology, and database management systems applied to water resources problems. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor. More
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Engineering Hydrology: Groundwater Pollution and Transfer (CE 394K.1 )

This course is designed to give graduate environmental and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, geology, and other interested students a quantitative understanding of the physical and chemical processes... More
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Engineering Hydrology: Surface Water (CE 394K.2)

Rainfall runoff processes, hydrograph theory, linear and nonlinear hydrologic system models, hydrologic and hydraulic streamflow routing, rainfall and flood flow frequency analysis, watershed models. More
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Engineering Microbiology (CE 390J)

Fundamentals of microbiology and biochemistry as applied to environmental pollution and treatment processes, energetics and kinetics of microbial growth, and biological fate of pollutants; introduction to laboratory tech... More
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Engineering Professionalism (CE 171P)

The objective of this course is to present the fundamental non-technical aspects of civil, architectural and environmental engineering practice so that you develop an appreciation for the need to balance the demands of e... More
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Engineering Sustainable Technology (CHE 397)

Flows of materials and energy in engineering environments at local, regional, and global scales, and the interaction of those anthropogenic flows with natural cycles of materials and energy. Discusses biogeochemical flow... More
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Environment, Development, and Food Production (GRG 339K)

This course focuses on "indigenously developed" and what used to be call "traditional" farming methods and techniques. Such practices are those not dependent on either fossil fuels, chemical fertilizers, or other exter... More
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Environmental Analysis (CE 390L )

This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles of environmental chemistry and methods for the analysis of environmental samples. The principles of a given analysis should be understood before any anal... More
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Environmental and Natural Resources (CRP 383)

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Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (ECO 359M)

This course will study the economics of public policy toward natural resources and the environment. It is designed primarily for advanced undergraduates in economics. Prerequisites include microeconomics and calculus. We... More
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Environmental Change and Management of Large Rivers (GRG 356T; LAS 330)

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Environmental Change and Sustainability (BDP 101; GEO 101)

This Forum Seminar will explore the range of environmental problems that have been created by human activity and population growth.  Among the major issues to be addressed are water resources, climate change, biodiversi... More
Research & Initiatives

Environmental Change in the Western Amazon

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Environmental Clinic (LAW 397C; LAW 397D)

In this clinic, students will work to improve environmental quality and protect the public health of low-income communities in Texas. The clinic's projects are varied and have involved work in federal and state court, be... More
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Environmental Communication (PR 378)

This course focuses on public opinion/attitudes and communications campaigns related to the environment. This elective is offered periodically. More
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Environmental Consequences of Fossil Fuel Exploration

Production of natural gas from shale has very significantly increased the availability of natural gas in the United States. Extraction of shale gas depends on the extensive use of hydraulic fracturing (or "fracing"). The... More
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Environmental Dispute Resolution (CRP 381)

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Environmental Economics (PA 693L)

This course seeks to develop student capabilities for analysis and decision-making in the area of environmental economic policy. The course will also provide international perspectives on climate change policies in the U... More
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Environmental Economics (ECO 384N.1)

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Environmental Economics for Non-Economists (UGS 303)

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Environmental Engineering Research Seminar (CE 393M )

Presentation and discussion of environmental topics in surface water, groundwater, air resources, and land resources. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Environmental Engineering Science Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

The goal of the Environmental Engineering Science emphasis area, within the EWRE program, is to determine the fate and transport of pollutants and develop an understanding of the fundamental chemical and biochemical reac... More
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Environmental Engineering Technical Area Option- Civil Engineering (BS)

Environmental Engineering is a Technical Area option within the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science degree. Environmental engineers address problems related to public health and the en... More
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Environmental Engineering Technical Option Area - Chemical Engineering (BS)

Chemical engineers are uniquely qualified to contribute to the solution of environmental problems and to design processes and products that minimize environmental hazards. From pollution prevention by process optimizatio... More
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Environmental Ethics (PHL 325C)

This is a course on environmental philosophy with a focus on environmental ethics but also treating epistemological issues. Much of the course will be a survey of major problem areas including intrinsic and instrumental ... More
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Environmental Fiction and Criticism (E 379R)

This course examines recent fiction and film in which environmental debates loom large. The following questions motivate our study: How do literature, film, and cultural theory shape environmental issues? Are there more ... More
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Environmental Geographic Information Systems (GRG 360G)

Topics include environmental assessment methods and techniques, the conservation movement, and climate and people. This course introduces basic concepts underlying geographic information systems and science (GIS), inclu... More
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Environmental Hazards (GRG 334C )

Natural disasters are of central concern to citizens and governments across the globe. The loss of human lives, disruption of economies, and destruction of physical infrastructure that result from these events often le... More
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Environmental Health (HED 370K)

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to and overview of the key areas of environmental health. Using the perspectives of the population and community, the course will cover factors associated ... More
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Environmental History (HIS 392)

This one-semester introduction to environmental history will examine some of the recent literature of environmental history. It will survey various theories and methodologies currently being used to write environmental h... More
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Environmental History of North America (HIS 350R; AMS 329; URB 353)

This one-semester introduction to the environmental history of the United States will examine some of the recent literature of environmental history. As with the field itself, this course will focus on human interaction ... More
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Environmental Hydrogeology (GEO 346C)

This course is an introduction to physical and chemical hydrogeology. Over the past few decades it has become clear that the properties and movement of water over and through earth materials is a fundamental geologic pro... More
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Environmental Impact Assessment (GRG 396T; CRP 383; LAR 385)

This course provides instruction in the theory and methods of environmental impact assessment (EIA). The course objectives are to (1) gain a critical understanding of the use, strengths, and limitations of EIA; and (2) d... More
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Environmental Impact of Development and Production (LAW 397S)

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Environmental Isotope Geochemistry (GEO 376E; GEO 388H)

The application of the isotope and trace element geochemistry of natural waters and sediments to studies of the hydrologic cycle. Stable, radiogenic, and cosmogenic isotopes are used as tracers of the evolution of ground... More
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Environmental Journalism (J 349T, J 395)

Global Climate Change represents just one topic in one of the "hottest" fields in journalism--reporting on the environment. Add in Austin and Texas' intricate environmental challenges--from water supply and quality, to i... More
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Environmental Law (LAW 441L )

This course surveys environmental law in the United States from its roots in the common law to the explosion of legislation and regulation that emerged in the 1970's and continues through the present. More
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Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society (CRP 383)

This course is about environmental law, a subject that necessarily includes consideration of environmental science, environmental economics, and environmental policy as essential elements of its analysis. In addition to ... More
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Environmental Law Practicum (LAW 397S)

This seminar will introduce you to the day-to-day tasks of the environmental lawyer. It covers four of the principal areas of environmental law practice: compliance counseling; administrative enforcement; environmental l... More
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Environmental Law: Survey (LAW 341L)

This course surveys environmental law in the United States from its 19th century roots in the common law to the explosion of legislation and regulation that began in the 1970's and continues through the present. Beyond g... More
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Environmental Law: Technical Issues (LAW 241J)

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Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (CE 397)

Life cycle analysis (LCA) identifies the “cradle to grave” environmental and sustainability impacts of a product, processes, or policy. This course teaches life cycle methods, including process-based methods, input-o... More
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Environmental Litigation (LAW 397S)

This seminar focuses on different types of environmental litigation, including: permit hearings and appeals; enforcement hearings and litigation; rule-making and appeals; citizen suits; Superfund litigation; commercial l... More
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Environmental Modeling (MNS 385F)

Introductory course in modeling, with emphasis on the models used in ecology, oceanography, and earth sciences. Two lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate stan... More
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Environmental Organic Chemistry (CE 390P )

Advanced topics in the environmental chemistry of organic contaminants in groundwater, soil and air systems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. More
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Environmental Philosophy (PHL 388)

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Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities Specialization - Community and Regional Planning (MSCRP)

The specialization in environmental and natural resources planning, within the Community and Regional Planning Masters Degree Program, provides students with a grounding in the scientific/technical dimensions, policy asp... More
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Environmental Policy and Ethics (CRP 383; LAR 382K)

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Environmental Policymaking (PA 383C)

Since the pivotal National Environmental Policy Act was enacted in 1970, environmental priorities in the US have waxed and waned as the nation's politics see-sawed with changes of administrations. After a decade of relat... More
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Environmental Readings (CRP 383, LAR 385)

A long, deep green thread exists in American literature from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman through Herman Melville and William Carlos Williams on to Terry Tempest Williams and Wendell Berry. This literature has in... More
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Environmental Regulation of Business (LEB 380; PA 388R)

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Environmental Resources and Economic Growth (ECO 330T)

This course presents non-majors with an economic perspective on the social issues that come up in the use of environmental and natural resources. This means we cover topics such as the development of economic prescriptio... More
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Environmental Sampling and Analysis (CE 370K)

Principles of environmental chemistry; measurement of contaminants in air, water, and land environments; applications to municipal, industrial, and ambient samples. More
Centers & Institutes

Environmental Science Institute

The Environmental Science Institute is a multi-disciplinary institute for basic scientific research in environmental studies at UT. The Institute serves as a focal point on campus for a wide scope of interdisciplinary r... More
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Environmental Science Professionalism I (EVS 141)

EVS 141 is designed for students entering their final year in the Environmental Science degree program and intended to provide graduating students with a perspective on the emerging field of Environmental Science by intr... More
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Environmental Science Professionalism II (EVS 151)

The purpose of this 1-credit seminar is to familiarize students with the fundamentals of science communication and engage in exercises designed to build their own communication skills. More
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Environmental Science: A Changing World (GRG 304E)

This course will survey the major global environmental concerns affecting the Earth and its residents from the perspectives of the environmental sciences. As such, it also provides an introduction to how scientists moni... More
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Environmental Sociology (SOC 321K)

The course provides an overview of the ways humans and the natural environment interrelate. The course investigates the ways human social patterns and ideologies shape the environment, and how the environment shapes our ... More
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Environmental Sustainability (GRG 396T)

What is sustainability science? How does sustainability relate to intergenerational equity, climate change, economic development, and the global commons? We will approach these topics through the lens of the most current... More
Research & Initiatives

Environmental Trace Contaminants

The goal of the CER’s research effort is to assess the long‐term safety, sustainability, and ecological impacts of applying Class B biosolids to the Hornsby Bend facility site. Most of the existing biosolids research... More
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Environmental Uncertainties and Livelihood Thresholds in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

This research will combine insights from both social and natural sciences to understand how variability and uncertainty in time and space impact human-environment interactions. The project will examine social responses t... More
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Epidemiology in Public Health (N 391F)

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Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development

The need for robust methods that can accurately measure bicycle and walking activity has long been recognized, particularly in relation to land use. Many planning agencies are trying to assess the potential for smart gro... More
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Estuarine Ecology (MNS 352C)

General ecological principles of estuarine environments in Texas, including physiography, hydrography, and plant and animal community structure and productivity. Requires several field trips in addition to lecture hours,... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Concentration -- Business Administration (MBA)

Ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues loom larger than ever in business decision-making, and the ability to manage these issues is a core leadership skill. The MBA concentration in Ethics & Corporate S... More
Research & Initiatives

Evaluation and Analysis of Texas Biofuel Supply Chains Originating in the U.S. Midwest and Brazil

This 2009 study, funded by the Southwest Region University Transportation Center, investigates competing ethanol supply chains terminating in the State of Texas. Midwest corn ethanol and Brazilian sugarcane ethanol const... More
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Evolution of the Nations’ Vehicle Fleet and GHG Emissions Reduction under Climate Policies

Energy and carbon-reducing policies are coming, along with new vehicle technologies. No one knows how quickly the nation’s fleet and carbon footprint will evolve. This work will build off recent SWUTC work on the evolu... More
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Evolutionary Ecology (BIO 357)

Principles of modern ecology, particularly as they relate to natural selection and evolutionary theory. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Biology 325 or 325H with a grade ... More
Research & Initiatives

Export Growth, Energy Costs, and Sustainable Supply Chains

The research examines sustainable supply chains in North America and the role played by rail intermodal operations in lowering ten-mile fuel and emission costs. It examines whether current systems favor imports over expo... More
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Fajkus, Matt

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Farming & Groundwater: An Introduction

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Farming, Food, and Global Hunger (GRG 356T)

This course focuses on contemporary transformations in global agro-food systems from a social science perspective. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, we will explore recent changes in agricultural production, marke... More
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Fay, Philip

Philip Fay is a research ecologist for the USDA-ARS Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. from Kansas State University, and remained there as a postdoctoral fellow till 1998. Fay\'s research ... More
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Feast or Famine? Food Supplies in a Crowded World (GRG 326K )

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Ferland, Kathey

Kathey Ferland is a Project Manager with the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources. She currently manages the Texas Industries of the Future project focused on finding efficient energy management practices and te... More
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Ferreira, Paulo

My research interests focus on the study of the atomic structure and defect behavior of nanomaterials, through in-situ and high-resolution TEM techniques. In particular, I am interested in understanding the relationships... More
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Ferron, Raissa

Dr. Raissa Douglas Ferron's research group focuses on studying on infrastructure materials, and is primarily dedicated to researches concerning cementitious engineering materials. Dr. Ferron’s research expertise is in ... More
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Field Methods for Landscape Characterization (GRG 373K)

The design of research questions and the acquisition of data for the characterization of landscapes. Utilizes geographical and ecological field-based methods. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Up... More
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Field Methods in Groundwater Hydrology (GEO 376L)

Introduction to field methods, including geophysics, pump tests, stream gauging, well-logging, water sampling, and mapping. An intensive three-week course meeting eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, and four hours ... More
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Field Seminar in Environmental Science and Sustainability (EVS 311)

EVS 311 introduces field observation and analysis of environmental processes and sustainability issues. Seminar topics include ecology, hydrogeology, marine science, climate science, energy, and campus and urban sustaina... More
Research & Initiatives

Fire Ant Project

The ultimate goal of our project is to establish a comprehensive suite of phorid species for fire ant biological control in Central and South Texas. The effectiveness of such biocontrol is expected to depend on the suite... More
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Fire Ecology Project

The biodiversity of the Texas Hill Country is threatened. With less than 1 percent of the land federally or municipally owned, preservation of the region\'s flora lies in the hands of private landowners. The fire ecology... More
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Fishes of Texas Project

The Fishes of Texas Project has compiled a large database of historical and recent occurrences of fishes for the state of Texas and adjacent areas and makes it available to researchers and natural resource managers at ht... More
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Foundations of International Relations and Global Studies (IRG 320F)

This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge in a particular subject area related to international relations and global studies, providing a link between the introductory course (IRG 301) and capstone semina... More
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Foundations of Organizational Behavior and Administration (MAN 320F)

This upper-division course is designed for non-business majors. The course is structured to provide students with an introduction to management of organizations and organizational behavior. Emphasis is placed on the impo... More
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Foundations of Social Justice (SW 381S )

This course is based on the following assumptions: 1) membership in a population-at-risk group (e.g., people of color, women, gay and lesbian persons) significantly influences an individual’s life experiences, world ... More
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Foundations of Sustainable Design Seminar (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Fowler, Norma

My students and I are currently pursuing a variety of questions in several areas of plant population biology and plant ecology. These areas include (1) the dynamics and regulation of plant populations and meta-population... More
Research & Initiatives

Fracking Regulations: Is Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation Around the Corner?

Natural gas burns more cleanly than either coal or oil, is available domestically, and is seen by many as a “bridge fuel” between our traditional dependence on coal and oil and a cleaner energy future. So it’s no s... More
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Freeman, Benny

Professor Benny Freeman received the 2008 Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology for his work on gas separations using membranes. Freeman was recognized for a number of contributions to his field. For exampl... More
Research & Initiatives

Frio Brine Pilot Study

From October 4–14, 2004 the Frio Brine Pilot team injected 1,600 tons of CO2 1,500m below surface into a high permeability brine-bearing sandstone of the Frio Formation beneath the Gulf Coast of Texas, USA. The project... More
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Fu, Rong

Dr. Fu's research aims at understanding the role of the atmospheric hydrological cycle in determining the stability of the Earth's climate. She uses satellite and in situ observations and numerical models to identify the... More
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Fuel Cells

Fuel cells are appealing for a variety of energy needs including portable, transportation, and stationary applications since they offer clean energy with high efficiencies. However, a widespread commercialization of fuel... More
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Gale, Frances

Fran Gale is an architectural conservator with over twenty years experience in the restoration of historic buildings and monuments. Fran teaches materials conservation in the Historic Preservation Program at the Universi... More
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Gamkhar, Shama

Shama Gamkhar teaches courses on public finance, financial management and environmental economic policy. Her research interests include fiscal federalism, intergovernmental grants, transportation finance, public school ... More
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Garden City to New Community (ARC 386M; ARC 350R; LAR 388; CRP 386)

This graduate seminar examines the search to establish new communities. It looks at the ideals, theories, and principles that people have held in the belief that a designed community is preferable to random incremental g... More
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Garrison, Michael

Professor Michael Garrison is currently active in the design and construction of sustainable buildings. He has served as the faculty sponsor of the 2002, 2005, and 2007 Solar Decathlon competitions administered by the U.... More
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Gavin, Francis

A historian by training, Francis J. Gavin\'s teaching and research interests focus on U.S. foreign policy, global governance, national security affairs, nuclear strategy and arms control, presidential policymaking, and t... More
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Gender and Migration (GRG 396T; LAS 388; WGS 393)

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Genetically Modified Organisms: Environmental, Ethical, and Political Issues (UGS 302)

This seminar will initially cover the biology behind the production of genetically modified (GM) organisms then move onto environmental, ethical, and political issues associated with the production of genetically modifie... More
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Geo-Archaeology and Environmental History (GRG 382K; ANT 382N)

Long-term ecology as reconstructed from settlement and land-use histories. Empirical case studies in environmental history from the Mediterranean region, the Near East, and Mesoamerica. Applications to degradation, deser... More
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Geoclimatology (GEO 371)

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Geoenvironmental Engineering (CE 387C)

The overall objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the use of geotechnical concepts in the analysis and design of environmental systems. Focus will be placed on the evaluation of waste containment fac... More
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Geographic Information System and Global Positioning System Applications in Earh Sciences (GEO 327G)

For geological sciences majors only. Theory and practice of geographic information system (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies, and their applications to problems in earth sciences. Laboratories and fie... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Geographical Sciences Track - Environmental Science (BS)

Students in the Geographical Sciences Track within the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program make their academic home in the Department of Geography and the Environment within the College of Liberal... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Geography and the Environment (MA/PhD)

UT houses the oldest doctoral program in geography in Texas (the second oldest in the Southwest). Graduate students work closely with their supervising professors to develop individualized, original research projects. Mo... More
Research & Initiatives

Geological CO2 Storage and Natural CO2 Reservoirs

Geological CO2 storage is currently the only option to mitigate anthropogenic CO2 emissions from continued use of fossil fuels. Secure geologic storage of CO2 requires an understanding of the long-term evolution of CO2 i... More
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Geological Science Track - Environmental Science (BS)

Students in the Geological Sciences Track within the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program make their academic home in the Department of Geology within the Jackson School of Geosciences. EVS studen... More
Research & Initiatives

Geomorphic Adjustment of the San Marcos River

This project began in spring of 2005 and studies the environmental implications of geomorphic adjustment of the San Marcos River due to human disturbances. More
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Geopolitics and Representation (GRG 396T)

Geopolitics is the study of factors underlying state power, such as a country’s size, location, resources, and access to transportation routes. Geopolitical knowledge is inherently ethnocentric; geopolitical repres... More
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Ghattas, Omar

Modeling of dynamics of polar ice sheets; seismic inversion. More
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Gholz, Eugene

Eugene Gholz, who has a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joined the LBJ School faculty in 2005 as an Assistant Professor. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor at the Univer... More
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Gilbert, Dorie

Dr. Dorie J. Gilbert is Associate Professor of Social Work and African & African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching, research and community service center around her focus on evidence-bas... More
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Gilbert, Lawrence

Dr. Gilbert's current research ranges from the analysis of coevolved traits of insects and plants to experimental population dynamics and developmental genetics of mimetic color patterns in Heliconius butterflies. By wor... More
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GIS and Ecological Modeling (GRG 393D)

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GIS Modeling: Analysis of Movement (ANT 324L; GRG 356T)

This course provides an introduction to spatial data analysis and agent-based modeling within a GIS framework through a topical focus on movement analyses. Movement analyses are frequently employed in environmental and s... More
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Glaciology (GEO 371C; GEO 391)

This course addresses the fundamentals of glacier and ice-sheet flow and the key surface- and subsurface processes that drive them. Course content includes a brief review of tensor analysis, glacier mass and energy balan... More
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Global Energy Transactions (LAW 379M; FIN 390; EER 396)

This course is open to students in the Law School, McCombs School of Business and the Energy and Earth Resources Program in the Jackson School of Geosciences. It will cover the following legal topics: applicable legal re... More
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Global Environmental Change (BIO 359; BIO 386)

Global change as it affects terrestrial ecosystems, including feedback between ecosystems and the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases and global warming, ozone, biological invasions, and land-use change. Prerequisite: Biology 3... More
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Global Environmental Governance (PA 188G)

This three-credit class will provide an introduction to the policies, statutes, regulations, agency orders, and legal cases addressing the many aspects of energy use. We will briefly explore controls imposed on the extra... More
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Global Environmental Governance (PA 388K)

This short five week course will introduce students to major aspects of global environmental governance including the leading international organizations dealing with environmental problems, the significant pieces of glo... More
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Global Environmental Literature and Film (E 360S)

"Global Environmental Literature and Film" (E360S) approaches the environmental issues facing states, corporations, and individuals through Anglophone literature and film from the US, Africa, South Asia, South America, a... More
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Global Health (N 309)

Overview of global health, with emphasis on the determinants of health, health indicators, human rights, globalization, current socioeconomic factors, health care systems, and public health systems. May be counted toward... More
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Global Indigenous Issues (ANT 324L; LAS 324L)

This course explores contemporary issues of indigenous peoples throughout the world. Today, even as virtually all nations in the world have voted in favor of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, Indigen... More
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Global Inequalities and Health (UGS 303)

Global Inequalities and Health is a signature course designed to provide an overview of the physical and mental health of human populations in the poor and the more affluent nations of the world. The course is divided in... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Global Policy Studies (MGPS)

The Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is a path-breaking program designed to equip professionals with the tools and knowledge necessary to be leaders in an in... More
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Global Tropics (GRG 396T)

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Global Warming (GEO 347D; GEO 371C)

Discussion of the fundamental sciences of global warming, including an active investigation of contemporary climate change issues. More
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Globalization (SOC S340C )

This course provides an overview of the interrelated processes of economic, political, and cultural globalization. Under the heading of economic globalization, we will focus on multinational corporations, international f... More
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Globalization, Conflict, Resistance (GRG 387D)

This course will explore the nuts and bolts of globalization in its economic, political, cultural and geographical entirety. We will delve into theories from all sides of the globalization debate – through a seminar fo... More
Research & Initiatives

Go Native U

Go Native U is an informal education program designed to teach adults about the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes and encourages discovery of the natural world. In our spring ... More
Faculty & Staff

Gonzalez, Laura I.

Dr. Gonzalez is an Ecologist interested in both basic and applied population and community ecology of both marine and terrestrial organisms. Along the population lines, she is interested in the effect that the spatial d... More
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Goodenough, John

Dr. Goodenough's research into the relationships between the chemistry, structure, and electronic/ionic properties of solids addresses fundamental solid state problems in order to design new materials that can enable an ... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Graduate Portfolio Program: Integrated Watershed Science

The Integrated Watershed Science Graduate Portfolio Program is a certificate program that allows an interdisciplinary approach to the study and research of water issues by integrating already existing resources throughou... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Graduate Portfolio Program: Sustainability

The Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability provides Master and Doctoral students with a trans-disciplinary framework to study and research issues related to sustainability. Sustainability is an emerging discourse t... More
Faculty & Staff

Grady, Mack

Dr. Grady's research interests are mainly in the area of electric power systems, with special focus on harmonics and power quality. He regularly teaches courses in power system engineering, power electronics, and circuit... More
Research & Initiatives

Green Marine Transportation Program

The Green Marine Transportation Program is focused on the development of technologies for improving the fuel efficiency of ships. Studies are focused on quantifying the annual fuel consumption associated with each of the... More
Courses

Green Technology Law & Policy (LAW 397S )

This course will examine the legal, business, and policy dimensions of current efforts in the U.S. to promote the development and diffusion of green technologies. Drawing on recent legislative and policy developments at ... More
Faculty & Staff

Green, Penny

Classical Sociological and Modern Evolutionary Theory, Globalization, Widening Income Inequality More
Research & Initiatives

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Factor Development Project

Currently, the primary source of information on methane emissions from the natural gas industry is a study conducted in 1996 for the Gas Research Institute (GRI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While ... More
Courses

Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (CHE 384; CHE 379)

"This course will be structured around GHGT-10, the 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. Attendance will be required at the Conference to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from Septe... More
Faculty & Staff

Grimshaw, Thomas

Dr. Grimshaw’s professional interests are currently in areas related to energy policy, with emphasis on emerging energy technologies and resources. He is particularly interested in the intriguing case of cold fusion, w... More
Courses

Groundwater Hydraulics (CE 374L)

This course will give the senior Civil Engineering undergraduate and graduate Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering students a quantitative understanding of the hydraulics of subsurfa... More
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Groundwater Hydrology (GEO 476K)

Introduction to subsurface hydrology, emphasizing geological controls on groundwater flow; quantitative methods of analyzing aquifer systems; regional hydrology; water quality and pollution. Three lecture hours and one l... More
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Groundwater Management In Texas (PA 682B)

This course is concerned with groundwater management in Texas. In 2005 the Texas Legislature passed and the governor signed laws that requires groups of Groundwater Districts (GDs), called "Groundwater Management Area" (... More
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Groundwater Modeling (GEO 391)

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Groundwater Resource Evaluation (EER 396)

Groundwater Resource Evaluation is an interdisciplinary course that will investigate groundwater resource evaluation and development. As populations increase, we need better management of our current resources and develo... More
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Growth Management Seminar (CRP 381)

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Centers & Institutes

Gulf Coast Carbon Center

The Gulf Coast Carbon Center seeks to apply its technical and educational resources to implement geologic storage of anthropogenic carbon dioxide on an aggressive time scale with a focus in a region where large-scale red... More
Faculty & Staff

Hallock, Gary

Dr. Hallock's research is in plasma science and involves two different areas in this applied science field. The first involves high performance Hall-type plasma thrusters, which are being developed for stationkeeping of ... More
Faculty & Staff

Haragan, Kelly

Kelly Haragan is a clinical professor and Director of the Environmental Clinic. Kelly joined the faculty in 2008. Prior to joining the Clinic, Kelly worked as legal counsel for national nonprofits including: the Environm... More
Faculty & Staff

Harpman, Louise

Design/Build, architectural design, community engagement, prefabrication More
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Harrison, Robert

Robert Harrison is a Senior Research Scientist and the Deputy Director at the Center for Transportation Research (CTR), The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in the area of transportation planning for over 30 ... More
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Hawkes, Christine

Ecology has traditionally been an aboveground field of study, both conceptually and practically. Yet the more we explore belowground, the more evidence we have that soil microorganisms are fundamental to the functioning... More
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Hawkins, Philip

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Hayward, Mark

Mark Hayward's primary research interests center on the influence of life course exposures and events on the morbidity and mortality experiences of the older population. Presently, he is involved in several studies focus... More
Courses

Hazardous Waste Management (CE 346K; CE 385J)

Legal and technological approaches to effective and sustainable control of hazardous wastes and contaminated sites, studied through problem evaluation and solution. More
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Hazards Planning (CRP 383)

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Faculty & Staff

Hebner, Robert

Dr. Hebner's research interests include high voltage pulse generators, electrical conduction and breakdown, superconducting motors,hybrid vehicle technology, high speed generators, energy storage, and advanced low-volume... More
Faculty & Staff

Heller, Adam

In his studies of solar energy conversion, Heller demonstrated that photo-electrochemical cells can convert efficiently sunlight to electrical power and to chemical energy, stored as hydrogen. He raised the solar convers... More
Research & Initiatives

Hemingway Oil and Gas Law and Taxation

Hemingway's Oil and Gas Law and Taxation, Fourth Edition is the most comprehensive one-volume work on oil and gas law and taxation available today. For over three decades, Professor Richard Hemingway's prior three editio... More
Faculty & Staff

Hendrickson, Dean

Dr. Hendrickson has focused his research on the evolution, conservation and ecology of freshwater ecosystems, particularly those of North American deserts and generally wih emphasis on fishes and Mexico. His most recent ... More
Faculty & Staff

Henkelman, Graeme

The primary focus of the Henkelman group is the development of simulation methodology to study kinetic processes at the atomic scale. We are interested in surface growth, diffusion in solids, and reactions at surfaces. F... More
Faculty & Staff

Hersh, Eric

Dr. Hersh's research interests include:surface water hydrology, geospatial water resources, hydroinformatics, water resources, environmental flows, GIS, HIS, and environmental science and sustainability. More
Faculty & Staff

Hesse, Marc

Flow and transport in porous media, reactive flow, multi-phase flow, geomechanics, mathematical modeling, numerical simulation, geological CO2 storage, magma dynamics. More
Courses

Hidden Treasures of Plants: Fuel, Food, Meds, and Money (UGS 302)

Plants have been used as treasures by civilizations for eons, but this course will focus on surprising, undervalued treasures of plants in today?s world, including their increasing use as biofuels, their little-known val... More
Faculty & Staff

Hillis, David

The study of evolution of biotic diversity is the focus of Dr. Hillis' research. Most of his research concerns use of molecular genetic techniques to study relationships among populations, species, and higher taxa. Some ... More
Research & Initiatives

Historic Preservation Knowledge for Sustainability Practice

Sustainability on the UT campus means sustaining a particular iconic place, saturated with cultural significance rooted in its history. The campus is a particularly hospitable environment for sustainability and preservat... More
Faculty & Staff

Hodges, Ben

Dr. Hodges' interests are centered on environmental fluid mechanics. His work typically involves studying the physics of transport in surface water (lakes, rivers, estuaries and wetlands) and linkages between hydrodynami... More
Faculty & Staff

Hoidn, Barbara

Barbara Hoidn studied Architecture and City Planning at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. She worked as a project architect for the Public Building Administration in Frankfurt/Main and for several years as a projec... More
Faculty & Staff

Holleran, Michael

Historic Preservation; History of Urban Design & Development; Vernacular Landscapes; Water History More
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Holliday, Bradley J.

The Holliday Research Group is broadly interested in studying problems at the interface of Inorganic and Materials Chemistry. In this area of inorganic materials, our interdisciplinary research includes the study of both... More
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Holt, G. Joan

Dr. G Joan Holt is a world-renowned marine scientist and mariculture researcher. For over 38 years, Dr. Holt’s work has addressed vital issues surrounding fish ecology, captive culture, and development. Currently, Dr. ... More
Faculty & Staff

Holt, Jack

Dr. Jack Holt employs geophysical techniques to study ice-covered regions of Earth and Mars. He has led or co-led seven field expeditions to Antarctica since 1998 to map the ice and features buried beneath the ice. Hol... More
Faculty & Staff

Holt, Scott

Scott Holt’s research career has spanned a diverse array of topics within fisheries & ecology, delivering insights into virtually every stage of the marine fish lifecycle. His primary focus is on the early life and eco... More
Faculty & Staff

Hopkins, Mariah

As human populations continue to grow and expand geographically, human-wildlife conflict inevitably increases. My research focuses on how to mitigate this conflict and sustainably manage threatened wildlife populations. ... More
Research & Initiatives

Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory

The Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory is a program of the Austin Water Utility's Center for Environmental Research at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant. The 1200-acre Hornsby Bend site is located in southeast Austi... More
Research & Initiatives

Hot Science - Cool Talks/Outreach Lecture Series

Leading researchers communicate their research to the public, and in particular to the K-12 community. The talks are interactive educational experiences, lively discussion, and a live webcast. More
Faculty & Staff

Houser, Heather

Heather Houser is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Stanford University, and a B.A. from Reed College. Her first book is Eco-Sickness: Env... More
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Housing America (URB 352; ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Housing Practices & Public Policy: Sustainability & Renewable Energy Applications for Low Income Housing (PA 388K; CRP 388)

This cross-listed course with the LBJ School of Public Affairs (PA388K) and Community and Regional Planning (CRP388) is a research-and-teaching project forms part of the core ?Urban Sustainability? doctoral program in th... More
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Housing, Landscape, and Urbanism (ARC 386M; LAR 388)

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Faculty & Staff

Hovorka, Susan

Dr. Susan Hovorka is interested in the application of geological techniques to environmental problems, particularly focusing on the issue of permeability in both tight and very transmissive systems. This interest has lea... More
Faculty & Staff

Howard, Teresa

Ms. Howard, a geographer by training, provides geospatial support and analysis for projects related to natural resource monitoring and emergency response. Her primary geographical focus is Texas. She works with large arc... More
Faculty & Staff

Hoyer, Wayne

Wayne D. Hoyer holds the James L. Bayless/William S. Farrish Fund Chair for Free Enterprise. Dr. Hoyer joined the faculty of The University of Texas in the Spring of 1981 after receiving his Ph.D. (1980), M.S. (1979), an... More
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Hudson, Paul

Hudson's main scholarly interests are within fluvial geomorphology and environmental change, particularly along large coastal plain rivers. His work addresses pure and applied problems related to channel adjustment, hydr... More
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Human Exploration and Exploitation of the Sea (MNS 367K; GEO 367K)

Review of the history of ocean exploration including major oceanographic expeditions. Discussion of current topics in ocean exploration and exploitation of marine resources, the impact of resource exploitation on biologi... More
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Human Exposure Analysis (CE 397)

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Human Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution (CE 396L.6)

This course will focus on human inhalation exposure to pollution in both the gaseous and particle (liquid and solid) phases. The emphasis will be on non-industrial indoor environments, but the underlying principles and t... More
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Human Health and the Environment (GRG 356T; URB 350)

The basic political and administrative structures of cities and metropolitan regions, including problems associated with local and regional government. More
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Humans and a Changing Ocean (MNS f309)

The course will cover the consequences of human-induced alteration of the marine environment including the impact on fisheries, marine mammals, food-web changes, and changes in species composition and ecological function... More
Faculty & Staff

Hutson, Nathan

Nathan Hutson is a researcher at CTR. His main areas of study are maritime planning and economics In addition to intermodal rail and trucking operations. In addition, he has performed research on transportation finance, ... More
Research & Initiatives

Hybrid Distribution Trucks: Costs and Benefits

This study will explore the growing interest from federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Metropolitan Planning Agencies (MPOs) failing to meet air quality standards, and mechanical engineering r... More
Courses

Hydraulic Engineering Design (CE 365K)

Application of engineering hydraulics to stormwater management; storm sewer design; engineering hydrology; open-channel hydraulics; hydraulic structures; culverts and bridges; stormwater detention facilities. (Charbeneau... More
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Hydrology (CE 374K)

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to: Principles and processes governing the movement of water through the hydrologic cycle, including atmospheric moisture flow, surface runoff, infiltration, and g... More
Centers & Institutes

IC2 Institute

As an interdisciplinary research unit of The University of Texas at Austin, the IC2 Institute has advanced the Theory and Practice of Entrepreneurial Wealth Creation. The theories and hypotheses developed at IC2 are test... More
Research & Initiatives

Ice-Flow History of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica

This project has a sharply focused scientific goal: to understand the response of Thwaites Glacier to recent changes at its grounding line within the context of any possible long-term variability in mass balance. To this... More
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ICECAP: Investigating the Cryospheric Evolution of the Central Antarctic Plate

The Aurora Subglacial Basin and the Wilkes Subglacial Basin represent the weak underbelly of the East Antarctica Ice Sheet. The ICECAP project, supported by the Australian Antarctic Division, the U.S. National Science Fo... More
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ICESat repeat-track elevation changes over ice caps in the Canadian High Arctic

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ICESat-2 Science Definition Team

This effort provides input to the Science Definition Team for NASA's ICESat-2 (Ice Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2) which is scheduled to be launched in 2015. One of four top-priority missions listed in the National... More
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IGERT: Sustainable Grid Integration of Distributed and Renewable Resources

A collaborative research and education project between UT-Austin and the Pecan Street Project in Austin is the basis for a recently funded NSF IGERT proposal, which is to train up to 12 graduate students per year. Alread... More
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Impact of Land Clearing and Irrigation on Groundwater Recharge in the Lake Chad Basin, Africa

In the western part of the Lake Chad basin (semiarid Africa), natural savannah has been increasingly cleared for rainfed (dryland) and irrigated agriculture for the past 30 years.Rainfed crops receive ~350 mm over 4 mont... More
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Impact of Soil Conservation Practices on Water Resources in the Loess Plateau, China

Human-induced soil erosion currently impacts approximately about 13% of terrestrial land surface globally - and reduces world agricultural productivity by about 10 percent. Soil conservation measures to mitigate soil deg... More
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Impacts of Energy Developments on the Texas Transportation System

Texas's energy sector has a critical impact—historically and currently—on both the state economy and the Texas transportation system. The state’s various transportation modes, including rail, highways, pipelines, a... More
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Improved Prediction of Climate Impacts on Migratory Pathways Through Machine Learning, Hydrologic Modeling and Network

Climate change is predicted to have profound effects on precipitation regimes worldwide. Wetlands and wetland-dependent spaces may be strongly impacted by increases and decreases in rainfall. We propose to model hist... More
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Improving Estimates of Ancient Atmospheric CO2 Concentration

The goal of this project is to calibrate the paleosol carbonate CO2 barometer for Vertisols in order to improve estimates of the concentration of CO2 in Earth’s ancient atmosphere. If the value(s) determined for the so... More
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Improving Our Understanding of How Highway Congestion and Pricing Affect Travel Demand

Traffic operations and planning models generally require both demand and supply inputs. Travel demand could be static (for planning models), dynamic (for planning and operational models) or in the form of activity schedu... More
Courses

Indigenous Rights & Autonomy in Mexico (ANT 324L)

This course will examine the historical experience and current struggles of indigenous people in Mexico. We will address the relationship of indigenous people to colonial powers and the post-Independence and post-Revolut... More
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Indoor Air Quality: Physics and Chemistry (CE 396L.4)

Sources, transport, and fate of indoor air pollutants. Interactions between indoor pollutants and indoor materials. Indoor air chemistry. Human exposure to pollutants in indoor environments. More
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Indoor Air Quality: Transport and Control (CE 389T; ARE 389T)

Transport and control of indoor pollutants. Includes particulate removal and pollutant transport into and within indoor environments. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in archit... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Indoor Environmental Science and Engineering Program (IGERT)

The mission of this program is to provide a unique and interdisciplinary educational experience focused on indoor environmental science and engineering. Our program is grounded in scientific principles and the developme... More
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Inequality (PA 388K)

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Informality: The Global Housing Challenge (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

Approximately 2 billion people of the world's population live in substandard housing; 1 billion of these people reside in urban slums (UN Habitat). In the US alone about 40 million people live below the poverty line (Uo... More
Centers & Institutes

Institute for Geophysics

The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) is known internationally as a leading academic research group in geology and geophysics. Founded in 1972, it is an Organized Research Unit within The University of ... More
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Integrated Sustainable Design Studio (ARC 696)

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Research & Initiatives

Integrated Watershed Sciences Working Group, ESI

Watersheds are spatially organized, scale-dependent landscape units, and therefore represent ideal frameworks for the integrated study of hydrology, ecology, geomorphology, and the various ways in which humans have alter... More
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Integrating Energy Options and Policies for the 21st Century (PA 680)

This PRP will examine policies that are encouraging or discouraging the increased use of nuclear energy and natural gas, then focus on factors that are inhibiting development of members of the group of less recognized en... More
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Intelligent Building Skins (ARC 350R, ARC 386M)

In this course, students will explore the functional, assembly, and detailing criteria that are considered when developing concepts for the building envelope. The semester will begin with a series of exercises to gain a ... More
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International Development (PA 388K)

Any foray into international development must have a firm grounding in the major theories, history and strategies of international development. This course is designed to provide this comprehensive foundation. Among the ... More
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International Development Aid for Climate Change Adaption in Africa (PA 682GA)

This PRP examines international development aid for climate adaptation in Africa. It is funded by a multiyear, multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Initiative on Climate Change and Afric... More
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International Energy Transactions (LAW 263T; LAW 463T)

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International Human Rights Law (LAW 348E)

The course provides an overview of modern international human rights law, including its history and development since the 1940s. It considers domestic, regional and international legal systems -including international cr... More
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International Nutrition: Developing World (NTR 321)

Nutrition-related issues in the developing world, including nutrient deficiency and disease, concerns in vulnerable populations (pregnancy, infancy, childhood, and old age), and food aid. Nutrition 321 and 360 (Topic 2: ... More
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International Nutrition: Social and Environmnetal Policies (NTR 331)

Explores the nutritional concerns of different countries, environmental aspects of food supply, and social policies needed to balance supply with demand in a sustainable manner. Nutrition 331 and 360 (Topic: Internationa... More
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International Petroleum Transactions (LAW 382F )

International Petroleum Transactions is essentially a course in international business that is taught in the context of the petroleum and energy industries. More
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International Sustainable Social Development (CRP 381)

This course responds to the increasing interest of our graduate students in working with nongovernmental organizations in international community development. The course offers a conceptual framework for sustainable soc... More
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International Trade (LAW 382D)

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International Transportation Best Practices

Virtually every country and metropolitan area worldwide has been confronted with similar public policy issues as the United States in general and Region 6 in particular. Among the public policy issues are how best to add... More
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International Transportation Issues (CRP 384)

This course surveys transportation problems, planning practice, and policy issues in the international setting with an emphasis on the developing countries, particularly focusing on China. We will take a case study appro... More
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Intro Biology: Diversity and Ecology (BIO 213)

Introduction to the evolution of life, the diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, population biology, species interactions, the organization of biological communities and ecosystems. Two lecture hours and one... More
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Intro to Nuclear Power Systems (ME 337C)

Radioactivity, nuclear interactions- fission and fusion, fission reactors, nuclear power systems, nuclear power safety. Prerequisite: For engineering majors, Physics 303L and 103N with a grade of at least C in each and a... More
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Introduction To Environmental Engineering (CE 341 )

This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles of environmental engineering. Topics include material balances, environmental chemistry, risk assessment, air quality, water quality, and wastewater trea... More
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Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (CRP 386)

GIS is a powerful technology that is widely used in urban planning, business and environmental management, and for strategic purposes. This course consists of two major components?the social dimensions of GIS and the tec... More
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Introduction to International Relations and Global Studies (IRG 301)

This course serves as an introduction to the College of Liberal Arts’ interdisciplinary major, International Relations and Global Studies. Students will engage with many broad questions relating to the contemporary wor... More
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Introduction to Oceanography (MNS 307; GEO 307)

Introduction to the sciences of oceanography: geological, physical, and biological. More
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Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance (RM 357e)

The Introduction to Risk Management & Insurance course is designed for upper division students interested in Enterprise or Strategic Risk Management decision-making. The course of study includes work with public policy c... More
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Introduction to Science Outreach in Elementary Schools (CH207K)

Students develop and present level-appropriate science laboratories to students in local elementary schools. A hands-on, discovery learning approach to science is emphasized. One class hour and four hours of fieldwork a ... More
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Introduction to Urban Ecology (CRP 383)

In this course, relevant theories and principles from natural science ecology, planning, geography, history, urban studies, public policy, and environmental law will be integrated to further understanding of urban ecolog... More
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Introductory Remote Sensing of the Environment (GRG 462K)

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Research & Initiatives

Invaders of Texas

The Wildflower Center has joined with the Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, Houston Advanced Research Center and others to recruit volunteers who detect and report invasive species... More
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Invasion Ecology (BIO 384K)

Our understanding of the problems associated with species invasions has grown dramatically in recent years due to the large numbers of species introductions, their sometimes severe negative impacts, and the economic cost... More
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Inventory of Brine Formations Suitable for Geologic Sequestration

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by injecting unwanted gases into unused deep-brine-bearing aquifers is an attractive option because large-volume sinks underlie many carbon dioxide sources. In this study, funded by DOE/... More
Faculty & Staff

Irwin, Julie

Judgment and Decision Making, Marketing Communication, Public Policy, Research Methodology, Statistical Analysis, Business Statistics, Consumer Behavior, Dot-com Industry, Environmental Studies, Public Policy More
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Issues in Urban Management (PA 388L)

This course is designed to address core functions in urban management, particularly those issues pertaining to the business of medium and large-scale municipalities, and to develop and refine professional and leadership ... More
Faculty & Staff

Jablonowski, Christopher

Associate Director of the Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program. His recent empirical research has focused on well construction technology assessment; cost modeling and benchmarking of drilling and facilities; turn... More
Faculty & Staff

Jackson, Charles

Charles is interested in the dynamics of a changing climate and how we can gain confidence in model predictions of change given the inherit uncertainites in observational and proxy data and the numerical models of the cl... More
Faculty & Staff

James, Eric

James studies a wide range of geologic phenomena using geochemical methods. His work has been on the sources of metals in mineral deposits in West Texas and New Guinea using Sr, Nd, and Pb isotope ratios, Sr isotope rati... More
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Jansen, Robert

Dr. Jansen's research interests include the interface of systematics and evolution. His work has utilized information from phylogenetic studies as a guide to conservation priorities. He and his students have also looked ... More
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Jha, Shalene

Broadly, Dr. Jha's research interests include landscape genetics, population ecology, conservation biology, and foraging ecology. More specifically, she is interested in examining how global land use change influences ge... More
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Johnston, Keith P.

We utilize fundamental concepts in colloid and interface science and materials chemistry to design, synthesize and characterize nanocomposite materials for biomedical, pharmaceutical and energy applications. Nanotechnol... More
Research & Initiatives

Joint Model of Choice of Residential Neighborhood and Bicycle Ownership: Accounting for Self-Selection and Unobserved Heterogeneity

This study presents a joint model of residential neighborhood type choice and bicycle ownership. The objective is to isolate the true causal effects of the neighborhood attributes on household bicycle ownership from spur... More
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Juenger, Maria

Maria C. Garci Juenger is an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research focus on materials used in civil e... More
Faculty & Staff

Juenger, Tom

My research focuses on the interface of ecological and evolutionary processes in natural plant populations. I am generally interested in phenotypic evolution, and have studied a number of systems over the course of my ca... More
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Kahlor, LeeAnn

Dr. Kahlor’s primary research interest is in health and environmental risk communication with an emphasis on information seeking and processing. She has won awards from the International Communication Association and t... More
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Katz, Lynn

Dr. Katz's teaching interests include aquatic chemistry, surface and interfacial phenomena, physicochemical treatment processes for water and wastewater and biological wastewater treatment. Her research has focused on th... More
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Keitt, Timothy

Dr. Keitt’s research focuses on: land use change and conservation in Madascar, network theory applied to habitat-based conservation planning, and spatial and temporal scaling in ecological dynamics. More
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Kimmel, Troy

One of the Austin's best-known broadcast meteorologists, Kimmel regularly teaches Weather and Climate and Severe and Unusual Weather. Kimmel holds full membership and has earned certifications through the American Meteo... More
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King, Carey

Dr. Carey King studies energy systems, how they work together, how they impact the environment, and how and why humans as a society consume energy resources. He specializes in dynamic systems modeling and nonlinear optim... More
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Kinney, Kerry

Dr. Kinney's research in environmental engineering focuses on the beneficial application of microorganisms to the treatment of pollutants in the environment. Her research team develops biological treatment systems for co... More
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Kirisits, Mary Jo

Dr. Kirisits's teaching interests include biological treatment processes, biofilms, environmental microbiology, and molecular biology. Her research emphasizes the importance of applying the tools of molecular biology and... More
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Klein, Dale

Dale E. Klein is Associate Director of the Energy Institute and Associate Vice President for Research at UT-Austin. Formerly he was Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and also served as a member of the Commiss... More
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Knapp, Gregory

Gregory Knapp's research, books, and teaching focus on culture, environment, and change, especially in Latin America. He has long been interested in resource stewardship as conditioned by institutions, cultural goals, an... More
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Kockelman, Kara

Modeling of travel behavior, location choice decisions, and the connection between urban form and travel; Planning and policy-making in the context of intra-urban personal travel needs and land development; Roadway safet... More
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Kocurek, Gary

Kocurek studies desert landforms and their representation in the ancient rock record. He is particularly interested in how sand seas respond to changes in climate, sea level and tectonism. His teaching centers on the bas... More
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Korgel, Brian A.

Nanotechnology can be defined as the study of material properties and interactions on a nanometer length scale. Our experimental group focuses on investigating size-tunable material properties, and the rational self-asse... More
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Kwasinski, Alexis

Dr. Kwasinski’s research interests are in the broad areas of power electronics, energy conversion, and electromechanical systems, with emphasis on distributed generation (microgrids), nonlinear power electronics contro... More
Courses

Laboratory Studies in Marine Ecology (MNS 120L)

A laboratory course with two weekend field trips to the Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas to perform ecological studies in the Texas coastal zone. Two weekend field trips, with pre- and post-field trip laboratory ... More
Centers & Institutes

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. Decades ago, former first lady Lady Bird Johnson recognized that ou... More
Courses

Land Atmosphere Interaction Dynamics (GEO 391)

Basics of terrestrial surface energy, water and carbon balances. Micrometeorology and atmospheric boundary layer. Ecohydrology, biometeorology, hydrometeorology, and hydroclimatology. Theory, modeling, and observations. ... More
Research & Initiatives

Land Environment and Atmospheric Dynamics Group

The LEAD group consists of graduate research assistants, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists and visiting scholars working to answer a variety of research and science questions such as: How does land shape climate,... More
Research & Initiatives

Land Restoration Projects

Landscape restoration is an important activity of the Wildflower Center, applying the knowledge of native plants and resource conservation to heal damaged, degraded and destroyed ecological systems. The Center serves as ... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Land Use, Transportation, and Infrastructure Planning Specialization - Community and Regional Planning (MSCRP)

The transportation specialization, within the Community and Regional Planning Masters Degree Program, is designed to provide students with an understanding of transportation planning methods and techniques, the structure... More
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Land-Use Regulation (LAW 265M)

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Landscape Ecology (GRG 335N)

The study of spatial patterns in the earth's biosphere found within landscapes, typically areas measured in square kilometers. Examines the processes that create those patterns, drawing from ecology, biogeography, and ma... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Landscape Ecology and Biogeography Track - Geography and the Environment (BA)

The Landscape Ecology and Biogeography Track, within, the Bachelor of Arts degree program in Geography, studies the changing distributions of plants, animals, and ecosystems. It can be applied to study the conservation o... More
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Landscape, Meaning, and Society (GRG 390C)

The creation, transformation, and meaning of landscapes within different societies through time. Iconographical analysis of the built environment; impress of belief and ideology on landscape; analysis of nationalistic an... More
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Landuse/Landcover Change Practicum (GRG 396T)

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Faculty & Staff

Lanoux, Steven M

Design and construction of Estuarine Research Center, a LEED Gold bilding, with hurricane resistant envelope, designed to withstand daily assault from coastal environment, and significant sustainability features incorpor... More
Faculty & Staff

Lara, Fernando

Fernando Luiz Lara is a Brazilian architect with degrees from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (BArch, 1993) and the University of Michigan (PhD, 2001). Prof. Lara's interests revolve around Latin American 20th cen... More
Research & Initiatives

Large Scale Rainwater Catchment System

Planning Professor Kent Butler is working with Seaholm Power, LLC and the City of Austin to plan and design a rainwater catchment system as part of their transformation of the City’s former Seaholm Power Plant into a m... More
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Latin American Cultures, Environment, and Development (GRG 395D; LAS 388)

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Latin American Environmental History and Sustainability (UGS 303)

Topic description: Within the context of present day debates about sustainability, course presents an overview of Latin America's environmental characteristics and the long-term history of human uses of environmental opp... More
Research & Initiatives

Latin American Forum on Energy & the Environment

The Latin American Forum on Energy & the Environment is a unique program that addresses a critical need to bring together government and industry decision makers, scholars and scientists, to foster dialogue around energy... More
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Latin American Planning Studio (CRP 386)

This is the second in a series of planning studios in informal settlements in Latin America. More
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Latrubesse, Edgardo

Edgardo Latrubesse's main research interests include the Neogene paleogeography, paleohydrology and paleoecology of Tropical South America, geomorphology, hydrology of large rivers and the impacts of human activities on ... More
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Lawler, Desmond

Dr. Lawler's research includes both experimental and mathematical approaches in studying physical and chemical treatment processes for the treatment of drinking water, wastewater, and industrial process water. Much of hi... More
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Lee, Gloria

Gloria Lee, a graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B., Political Science), and the Yale School of Art (M.F.A. Graphic Design), founded the design studio, Buds Design Kitchen, which works in software pro... More
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Leibold, Matthew

The field of ecology, and from my perspective especially the fields of community and ecosystem ecology, are in a state of tremendous and exciting change. In part this is due to improved methods and theories that are revi... More
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Leite, Fernanda L.

Dr. Leite's research interests include: computer-aided engineering and design; product and process modeling; construction management; building information modeling; information technology for project management; life-cyc... More
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Levin, Donald

Dr. Levin's research is currently focused on the function and dynamics of the breeding system in annual species of Phlox. This entails analyses of gene flow via pollen within and among populations, documentation of the n... More
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Levy, Francois

Levy's teaching centers on Environmental Control of buildings and technology integration. His research is related to passive and active environmental control systems in buildings, space architecture and regolith mitigati... More
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Lieberknecht, Katherine

Katherine Lieberknecht is a lecturer in the Community and Regional Planning program in the School of Architecture at UT Austin. She is also a fellow with the School's Center for Sustainable Development. Her professional ... More
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Liedl, Petra

Petra Liedl is dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of the interaction of climate, buildings, comfort and energy with an interdisciplinary approach in teaching, research and practice. Her current research focuse... More
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Life Through Time (GEO 405)

The history and development of life, and the processes of change from the early Precambrian era to the present. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the fall semester ... More
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Light and Sustainable Design (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Research & Initiatives

Linking ICESat Observations to Cryosat-2: Elevation Change Detection, Waveform Analysis, and Cross-Calibration

The ICESat (Ice Cloud and land Elevation Satellite) and Cryosat-2 missions both make global elevation measurements, both with a critical emphasis on the polar regions (Greenland, Antarctica, and sea ice). This research c... More
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Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries have become the power source of choice for portable electronic devices as they offer higher energy density compared to other rechargeable battery systems. They are also intensely pursued for hybrid ... More
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Living With A Planet (GEO 302P)

Environmental change on local and global scales, as a result of natural and anthropogenic causes. The human dimension of global change, including air and water pollution, desertification, deforestation, use of resources,... More
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Loftus-Otway, Lisa

Lisa Loftus-Otway's research interests include transportation law and policy; energy, environment and sustainable development law and policy; freight planning and policy; public-private partnerships (PPP); and transporta... More
Research & Initiatives

Long-Term Performance of Drilled Shaft Retaining Walls

The objective of this project is to provide TxDOT with guidance for the design of drilled shaft retaining walls in expansive clay soils. The range of assumptions being used today in design practice when dealing with expa... More
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Low Impact Development (LID) Workshop Training

The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (LBJWC) are holding a series of FREE LID workshops in eight communities containing local wat... More
Faculty & Staff

Machemehl, Randy

Dr. Machemehl's research interests include Transportation System Operations, Public Transportation Systems Planning and Design, Traffic Data Acquisition, Traffic Simulation, Transportation System Demand Forecasting, Free... More
Faculty & Staff

Maidment, David

David R. Maidment is the Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering and Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a specialist in surface water hyd... More
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Mainster, Sydney

Sydney Mainster serves as the Curator for the University Co-op Materials Resource Center. He also teaches on materials and sustainable interiors. More
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Malina, Joseph

Biological treatment of municipal and industrial wastewaters; handling, treatment, and disposal of municipal sludges; industrial residuals and hazardous wastes; solid waste engineering; computer-aided-engineering of wast... More
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Management Sustainability Practicum (MAN 385)

This practicum is for students who want to work with senior managers from H.E.B., Wal-Mart, Inc. and the U.S. Council for Sustainable Development to develop a complete ?business case? for a series of sustainability proje... More
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Manderson, Emily

As an environmental designer, Emily Manderson's work focuses on sustainable landscape development and conservation design, implementing low impact development and increasing natural systems in the built environment. She ... More
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Manthiram, Arumugam

Dr. Manthiram directs a large, productive research group in electrochemical energy technologies with 27 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. His current research is focused on high energy density batteries, in... More
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Marcus, Joe

North American native plants. More
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Marine Ecology (MNS 320; MNS 384J)

Study of ecological processes at different levels of integration in marine ecosystems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Biology 311D, and Chemistry 302 or 302H More
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Marine Environmental Science (MNS 354Q)

Application of the principles of marine science to the study of environmental issues: toxicology, biogeochemical cycles, and biological and ecological impacts of zenobiotic materials in the coastal zone. Three lecture ho... More
Centers & Institutes

Marine Science Institute

The Marine Institute is dedicated to the three central functions of a major university (research, education, and outreach) as they apply to the Texas coastal zone and other marine environments. As an organized research u... More
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Materials Chemistry for Energy (CHE 384 )

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Research & Initiatives

Materials for Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes

New electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries are essential for reducing greenhouse gases and enhanced utilization of renewable energy sources. We are trying to identify new materials and nano-structures for use as e... More
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Materials on International Petroleum Transactions

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Courses

Maximum Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio (LAR 696)

he MAXIMUM landscape architecture studio will focus on creating a broad strategy for pocket parks within the city of Austin. The 21st century holds many conditions and demands that shape and change the ways we interact w... More
Faculty & Staff

McClelland, James

Environmental changes as a consequence of human activity, including changes in land use, land cover, and global warming, provide the context for much of my work. These changes are having a profound influence on the trans... More
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McCray, Talia

Transportation Policy and Planning, Healthcare Access, Quantitative and GIS methods, Sustainable Transportation. More
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McDonald-Buller, Elena

Dr. Elena McDonald-Buller is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She currently oversees a research group at the ... More
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McGarity, Thomas

Professor McGarity is a leading scholar in the fields of both administrative law and environmental law. More
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McKinney, Daene

Dr. McKinney's is a Professor in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program of the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He teaches undergraduate courses in Fluid Mechanics,... More
Research & Initiatives

Measuring and Removing Dissolved Metals from Storm Water in Highly Urbanized Areas

The objectives of this research are to (1) develop accurate and scientifically defensible testing protocols that can provide a reliable and repeatable measure of dissolved metals content in storm water and (2) develop co... More
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Mechanisms of Regional Climate Change and Impacts on Water Availability in Texas from the Last Glacial Maximum to Present-Day

With funding from the National Science Foundation and support from the Environmental Science Institute, Drs. Jay Banner and Liang Yang are exploring the American Southwest and the Edwards Plateau's high sensitivity to cl... More
Faculty & Staff

Meckel, Timothy A.

Dr. Meckel's research interests include stratigraphy, structural geology, and tectonics. He has been involved with several large field projects studying carbon sequestration in geological formations in order to reduce gr... More
Courses

Medical Geography (GRG 357)

This course serves as an introduction to the sub-discipline of medical geography. Medical geography deals with human-environment interactions and the influence that these interactions have on public health, and encompass... More
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Mega-Region Freight Issues in Texas: A Synopsis

Megaregions originate from the work of French geographer Jean Gottmann, which described a new urban form, Megalopolis, to characterize the network of interconnected cities from Boston to Washington, D.C. along the Atlant... More
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Megaregion Strategies for Sustainable Development in the Texas Triangle

Professors Ming Zhang, Kent Butler and Dean Steiner have been part of a national network of researchers focused on the emergence of what are being called "megaregions" in the United States. Megaregions are networked metr... More
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Metropolitan Transportation Studies with TransCAD GIS (CRP 386)

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Meyers, Jeremy P.

Dr. Jeremy Meyers earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 2006. Dr. Meyers researches the design and opt... More
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Meyers, Lauren

Dr. Meyers conducts research in two general areas. The first is mathematical epidemiology. Over the last five years, she has been developing new network-based mathematical approaches for predicting the spread of infectio... More
Research & Initiatives

Millennial-scale Climate Variability in New Zealand Maar Lakes

While the evidence for northern hemisphere-wide propagation of millennial-scale climate events during the last interglacial is well documented, the evidence in the mid to high latitudes of the southern hemisphere, partic... More
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Millennium Seed Bank Project

The Wildflower Center is the first non-governmental organization invited to participate in the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) Project, a global plant conservation effort developed by the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, United Kin... More
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Min, Dong-Ha

Dong-Ha Min studies decadal-scale ocean circulation and property changes due to recent climate variability by using chemical tracer observation, data analysis, and modeling. Min has conducted the ocean change research in... More
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Mineral Resources, Society, and the Environment (GEO 341)

Nature and origin of mineral resources; their discovery, extraction, and uses; and their relationship to global history, economics, and the environment. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester... More
Centers & Institutes

Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) develops and facilitates partnerships that enhance coastal decision making through an integrated program of research, education, and stewardship. The Missio... More
Research & Initiatives

Modeling Energy Storage for a Green Yacht

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Modeling of Air and Pollutant Flows in Buildings (ARE 383; ARE 372; CE 397)

Fundamentals of indoor airflow modeling, use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for air quality and thermal comfort analyses, application of CFD for analysis of air velocity, temperature, humidity, and contaminant dis... More
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Modeling Residential Sorting Effects to Understand the Impact of the Built Environment on Commute Mode Choice

This research examined the significance of residential sorting or self selection effects in understanding the impacts of the built environment on travel choices. Land use and transportation system attributes are often tr... More
Faculty & Staff

Moore, Steven A.

I teach design and courses related to the philosophy, history, and application of sustainable technology. In my research I employ the related fields of the Philosophy of Technology and Science and Technology Studies (STS... More
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Moran, Ashley

Ashley McIlvain Moran is an Associate at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and manages the program on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS). Her work focuses on democratic l... More
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Mountain Geoecology (GRG 335K)

Upper-division standing required. Geological evolution of mountains. physical geography of mountains: climates, soils, vegetation, land forms and gemorphic processes. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of coursework in physi... More
Research & Initiatives

Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is NPIN’s newest feature allowing web visitors to submit or review plant questions online. Compared to the old email-based system of individual response, the new system has several advantages incl... More
Faculty & Staff

Mueller, Elizabeth

Community development; housing; poverty; urban politics; qualitative methods More
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Mullins, Charles Buddie

The research interests of Professor Buddie Mullins include materials chemistry for energy regarding: (i) solar photoelectrocatalysis relating to the production of fuels from sunlight, (ii) the catalysis and surface chemi... More
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Multiparty Conflict Resolution In Energy & Environment (LAW 379M)

This course is included in the curriculum for the Center for Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law. It also satisfies the theory and/or skills course requirements of the interdisciplinary Portfolio Pro... More
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Multiparty Conflict Resolution in Energy and Environmental Matters (LAW 379M)

Energy development, natural resource use and environmental cases often involve complex legal,technical and policy-related issues, affecting multiple parties. Resolution of conflicts may require coordination of multiple g... More
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Murphy, Cynthia

Cynthia Folsom Murphy is a Research Associate for the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research interests lie in the area of environmental and economic asse... More
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Murphy, Michael

Dr. Murphy is a Research Fellow at CTR. He has over 25 years experience in highway design, pavement design and evaluation, non-destructive testing, super-heavy load analysis, load zone analysis and accelerated pavement t... More
Research & Initiatives

Nanomaterials

Nanomaterials are intensely pursued for a variety of technological applications. Chemical synthesis and processing play a critical role in accessing nanomaterials with desired morphology, microstructure, and properties. ... More
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National Parks and Protected Areas (GRG 336C)

The history, purpose, and meaning of national parks (and preserves, refuges, and other publicly protected natural areas), from their inception at Yellowstone in 1872 to their present global distribution. Emphasis is on k... More
Research & Initiatives

Native Green Roofs

By studying temperatures and rainwater capture capabilities of experimental roof tops at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Dr. Mark Simmons and colleagues have determined that gre... More
Research & Initiatives

Native Plant Information Network

The Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) is an online clearinghouse created by the Lady Bird Johnsons Wildflower Center to encourage the cultivation, conservation, and preservation of wildflowers and other native flor... More
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Native plants (BIO 406D)

Designed for nonscience majors. Introduction to the flora of central Texas. Involves plant identification, distribution, and consideration of edible and useful wild plants. Two lecture hours and six laboratory hours a we... More
Research & Initiatives

Native Turfgrass Project

Using a grant from Wal-Mart, the Lady Bird Wildflower Center is in year two of an effort to develop a multi-species turf grass that conserves water, is disease resistant and stands up to foot traffic, while creating the ... More
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Natural Resource Economics (ECO 384N.2)

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Natural Resource Management (PA 680PB)

This course fulfills requirements for the following specializations at the LBJ School for Public Affairs: Natural Resources and the Environment; International Trade and Finance; International Energy, Environment, and Tec... More
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Natural Resource Management (BIO 478T; BIO 384K-19)

"Science gives us a way of learning generalizations about management. Management involves specific efforts to create a desired outcome, such as regenerating a grassland community that has become a desert with little vege... More
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Natural Resource Policy (PA 388L)

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Natural Resource Taxation: Principles and Policies

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Natural Resources and the Environment Specialization - Public Affairs (MPAff)

The Natural Resources and the Environment specialization provides coursework to support students interested in air, water, or land management; energy policy; or minerals policy in the government, nonprofit, or for-profit... More
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Natural Resources Law & Energy Production (LAW F279M)

This two credit survey course focuses on the legal issues that arise in the context of efforts to conserve and regulate the use of public lands, wildlife and wildlife habitat, water resources, and wetlands. More
Research & Initiatives

Nature vs. Nature: Aquatic Invaders

Leibold, who’s in the process of transferring his research to Texas from Michigan, plans to rely on the resources, and the proximity to campus, of BFL to study the complex interactions between invasive species, the wat... More
Research & Initiatives

Network Isolation and Local Diversity in Neutral Metacommunities

Biologists seek an understanding of the biological and environmental factors determining local community diversity. Recent advances in metacommunity ecology, and neutral theory in particular, highlight the importance of ... More
Faculty & Staff

Neuenschwander, Amy

Amy Neuenschwander works with the Geospatial Laser Applications and Measurements group at the Applied Research Laboratories. Her research interests include scaling relationships between airborne and spacebased sensor sys... More
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Nexus of Food and Energy

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Nicot, Jean-Philippe

Dr. Nicot's research interests include numerical modeling of multiphase flow and contaminant transport in both the unsaturated and saturated zones; geochemical modeling and reactive transport; water resources management;... More
Research & Initiatives

Non-Destructive Evaluation of In-Service Concrete Structures Affected by Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR) or Delayed Ettringite Formation (DEF)

This proposal describes a comprehensive, collaborative research project aimed at evaluating the potential use of non-destructive testing (NDT) to assess structures affected by ASR and/or DEF. This project brings together... More
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Nonaka, Angela

My scholarship examines and engages with issues of linguistic diversity, language endangerment, bio-cultural diversity, and sustainability. There are between 4,000~6,000 extant languages, at least 50% of which are predic... More
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Novoselac, Atila

His area of research includes studies related to improvement of indoor environment and development of energy efficient building environmental systems. By combining experimental studies and computational modeling, he is d... More
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Nuclear Environmental Protection (ME 389C)

Ionizing radiation and its interactions with matter and living tissues; radioactive decay kinetics; external and internal dose measurement; transportation through the environment; managing radioactive waste streams; and ... More
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Nuclear Health Physics (ME 389D)

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O'Day, Trish

Trish O'Day MSN, RN, CNS-Community Health teaches public health nursing at the UT School of Nursing. Curriculum includes population health, environmental health and global health. Ms. O'Day serves as Co-President of the ... More
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O'toole, Matthew

Environmental designer and project manager O’Toole’s specialties include master planning and facilitation, site analysis, soil health amelioration, invasive species management, land management and restoration. He hol... More
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Oden, Michael

Economic Development Planning; Regional Theory; Applied Planning Methods; Housing Policy More
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Office of Naval Research Electric Ship Program

The U.S. Navy is investing in technology for an electric naval force in order to increase affordability and military capability. This transformational war fighting capability is based on integrated electric power system ... More
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Oil & Gas (LAW 390)

This course includes a study of various kinds of property interests that are commonly created in oil and gas and in the land from which they are produced. Included are concepts as to the nature of a landowner's interest ... More
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Oil and Gas Leasing and Regulation (LAW 279M)

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Olson, Hilary

Hilary is a stratigrapher who integrates biostratigraphic and paleoenvironmental data (foraminifera) with core and seismic data. Her regional experience includes the Gulf of Mexico, Faeroe Basin, San Joaquin Valley (CA),... More
Research & Initiatives

Opportunities and Obstacles For Television Weathercasters to Report on Climate Change

The schism between researchers and some television weathercasters on the subject of global change was one of several research motivations for a recent national survey of AMS weathercasters sponsored by the National Envir... More
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Opportunity on the Horizon: Photovoltaics in Texas

Photovoltaic devices convert the light of the sun into electricity. Photovoltaics (PV) have been a long time in development from the discovery of the photovoltaic effect in 1839 to the manufacture of the first silicon-b... More
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Optimizing Resource Allocations for Routine Highway Maintenance

TxDOT has been experiencing fluctuations of budget over the years in terms of the resources available for maintaining and preserving the highway infrastructure. This fluctuation in budget can potentially make the highway... More
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Orbach, Raymond

Dr. Raymond Lee Orbach is Director of The University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute, a multi-disciplinary institute that combines the strengths of the university's schools and colleges to advance solutions to toda... More
Courses

Our Global Backyard: Environment, People, Science, and Technology (UGS 303)

Understanding the pressures on the world's environments and people is of paramount importance to maintaining global resources for current and future generations. Many of the most challenging environmental conflicts today... More
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Oxford Summer Study II: Nature and Society (GRG 351)

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Oxley, Flo

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Paine, Jeffrey

Jeff is the coordinator of near-surface geophysics projects at the Bureau. His principal research interest, geophysical applications in the shallow subsurface, combines an academic background in geophysics and extensive ... More
Research & Initiatives

Paleowetlands in the Southwestern United States - Archives of Paleohydrological Conditions During Past Glacials

Despite the large number of studies of past climate change in the northern hemisphere mid to high latitudes, there are relatively few continuous records of past climate variability from the arid southwestern US. In colla... More
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Parmesan, Camille

Parmesan's early research focused on multiple aspects of population biology, including the ecology, evolution and behaviors of insect/plant interactions. For the past several years, the focus of her work has been on curr... More
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Particles in Water (CE 397)

The science and engineering of behavior of particles in water. Interactions of particles with the solution and other particles (double layer, hydrodynamics), and engineering processes for particle removal (flocculation, ... More
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Paterson, Robert

Professor Paterson specializes in land use and environmental planning. He has completed over 40 projects over the past 17 years, and was a recipient of a Faculty Fellow in Social Science Research Applied to Hazards and D... More
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Pathways to Extinction (GRG 328C)

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Pecan Street Project

UT faculty and students are providing research support for the DOE sponsored smart grid demonstration that was awarded to the Pecan Street Project ($10 million over five years). In the smart grid demonstration project at... More
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Perez, Francisco

Dr. Perez\'s specific recent research interests include the ecology and geomorphology of microbiotic soil crusts and of vagrant cryptogamic organisms, the biogeomorphology of tropical alpine rosette plants, the effects o... More
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Performance of Permeable Friction Course (PFC) Pavements Over Time

There are many important design, construction, and maintenance issues associated with permeable friction courses (PFC) that have been increasingly utilized by TxDOT over the past several years based on safety and environ... More
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Peterson, Fred

Dr. Peterson’s primary areas of scholarship lie in child, adolescent, and school health, with a special emphasis in school health teacher education. He has developed an innovative paradigm for teacher training: the Chi... More
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Philosophy of Science: Decision Theory and Practice (PHL 386)

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Photocatalytic NOx/HRVOC/O3 Removal in Transportation Applications

The focus of the proposed research is intensive and thorough testing of three commercial photocatalytic coatings applied to portland cement concrete to provide accurate data that are representative of highway application... More
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Physical Climatology (GEO 387H)

Investigates the nature of Earth's climate and examines the physical processes that maintain the climate system. Topics include the energy balance, the hydrological cycle, general atmosphere circulation, and how they all... More
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Physical Hydrogeology (GEO 391C)

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Physical Hydrology (GEO 376S; GEO 382S)

Modern conceptual and methodological approaches to hydrological science: qualitative assessment of hydrological processes, quantitative representation, approaches to measurement, and treatment of uncertainty. Major compo... More
Faculty & Staff

Pianka, Eric

My interests are ever changing but have included population and community ecology, evolutionary ecology, natural history of desert lizards, resource partitioning, reproductive tactics, foraging theory, allocation, design... More
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Pierce, Suzanne

Groundwater, Interdisciplinary, Water Policy, Water Resource Management. The most challenging problems facing society today are complex, dynamic and ill-structured. Water resource problems are exemplary of these challen... More
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Planning for Mega-regions (CRP 384)

This course will provide the student with a comprehensive international understanding of how mega-regions are defined, developed, and supported by transportation to encourage economic growth and connectivity within and b... More
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Plants, Environment and Human Affairs (BIO 305E)

Designed for nonscience majors. Plants and the environment, including basic ecological principles and major issues such as global warming and the biodiversity crisis; plants and society, including foods, beverages, medic... More
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Policy and Law (EER 396)

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Policy and Law Module - Energy and Earth Resources (MA)

The Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program provides the opportunity for students to prepare themselves in management, finance, economics, law and policy leading to analytical and leadership positions in resource rel... More
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Political Ecology (GRG 387G)

An introduction to the history of development theory, economic globalization, studies in the history of science, issues of social justice, and critical studies of environmental history. Three lecture hours a week for one... More
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Political Ecology of Globalization and Environmental Degredation (GRG 350D)

Study of current environmental problems from the perspective of political ecology, which critically examines political, economic, and social relations between humans and the natural world. Uses case studies from Africa, ... More
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Political Economy of Global Energy (PA 388k)

This course will introduce students to the major theoretical frameworks commonly used to analyze the design and implementation of public policies related to energy issues, and the response of the energy industry to those... More
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Pope, Gary

Professor Gary A. Pope is the Director of the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Texaco Centennial Chair in Petroleum Engineering, where he has taught since... More
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Population Geography (URB 305; GRG 309)

Population size, distribution, and characteristics are related to a wide variety of geographic, social, economic, political, and environmental issues and problems. With that in mind, this course examines population proce... More
Centers & Institutes

Population Research Center

The Population Research Center (PRC) is an interdisciplinary research and training unit of the University of Texas at Austin (UT) that provides infrastructure support services and project development support for a very p... More
Research & Initiatives

Population Updating System Structures and Models Embedded Within the Comprehensive Econometric Microsimulator for Urban Systems (CEMUS)

This project and its report describes the development of a population update modeling system as part of the development of the Comprehensive Econometric Microsimulator for SocioEconomics, Land-use, and Transportation Sys... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Post Professional Degree Program in Sustainable Design (M.Arch II, PP)

This degree program is intended for those students who have previously received a Bachelor of Architecture Professional Degree, or BArch, from an accredited university and who wish to conduct graduate level research in s... More
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Potential Value Extraction from TxDOT’s Right of Way and Other Property Assets

Many State Departments of Transportation, including the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), are increasingly challenged by inadequate funding from traditional federal and state fuel taxes. These taxes were concei... More
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Pre-Industrial Land Use and Anthropogenic Climate Change

An ongoing research collaboration that seeks to quantify the climatic impacts of pre-European and post-European contact land use change in the Americas. Current research seeks to reconstruct land use change using paleoco... More
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Preparing for EPA Effluent Limitation Guidelines

In this project, monitoring and testing experiments will be conducted to: determine "typical turbidity" representative of TxDOT's construction site discharges, collect performance data on innovative erosion and sediment ... More
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Primate Conservation (ANT 348K; GRG 356T)

This course surveys conservation theory and practice, as applied specifically to primates and tropical forests. Topics include species and community characteristics influencing extinction risk, current threats to primate... More
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Principles of Environmental Conservation (GRG 339C)

Environmental conservation issues, focusing on the factors that control the production and consumption of environment-based resources. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. More
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Principles of Marine Science: Topic 22, Oceanography (MNS 352)

Consideration of current understanding of the chemistry and biology of the oceans. Lectures, laboratory, and fieldwork. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the ... More
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Principles of Physical Planning (CRP 369K)

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the universal experience of making cities. The class will examine how and why cities take the shape they do, who designs cities, what procedures they employ, w... More
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Professional Development Seminar (EVS 151)

Examines the fundamental, nontechnical aspects of environmental science and sustainability practices. Focuses on the use of interdisciplinary communication for addressing and assessing environmental science processes, th... More
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Project Management and Economics (ARE 323 K)

Solving economic problems related to construction and engineering; construction project management techniques; characteristics of construction organizations, equipment, and methods. In relation to sustainability, student... More
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Proseminar in Environmental Geography (GRG 372K)

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Prozzi, Jolanda

Ms. Jolanda Prozzi holds a Master of Science in Transportation Technology and Policy from the University of California (Davis) and a Master of Commercial Sciences from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), with ... More
Faculty & Staff

Prozzi, Jorge

Pavement materials; pavement design and rehabilitation; pavement monitoring, evaluation and performance analysis; accelerated pavement testing; applied econometrics; Transportation Infrastructure Management. More
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Public Health in Global Context (N 390D)

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Public Health Nursing (N 275)

Public health nursing models and the nursing process as they are used to plan for the health of aggregates and communities. Description and analysis of formal and informal community systems and health care delivery syste... More
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Public Transportation Engineering (CE 392M)

Topics to be discussed are demand estimation, route design, basic vehicle scheduling relationships, driver scheduling, networks, rail transit, propulsion systems, and para-transit concepts. More
Research & Initiatives

Public Understanding of Science and Health (PUSH)

PUSH is a research and teaching initiative of the College of Communication with the mission to improve the public's understanding of - and engagement with - science and health topics. PUSH aims to facilitate relationship... More
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Quality Growth Toolbox

Under the leadership of Professors Robert Paterson, Rachael Rawlins and Chandra Bhat, with support from partners Envision Central Texas, UT’s Center for Transportation Research and CSD, faculty and students have develo... More
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Quantification of the Effect of Maintenance Activities on Texas Road Network

Pavement structures are designed for a finite life, usually referred to as performance period. This performance period is typically between 20 to 25 years for flexible pavements and between 25 and 40 years for rigid pave... More
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Quantifying Ecosystem Integrity Under Climate Change Using Meta-Analysis

The objectives of this research are (1) To conduct quantitative syntheses of biotic responses to climate change contributing to alterations in the structure, function and distributions of terrestrial ecosystems in the US... More
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Quantifying the Tradeoffs of Energy

Sponsors: Power Across Texas and major industrial partners More
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Quaternary Landscapes (GRG 335C; GRG 385C)

This course is an introduction to the changing physical and biotic landscapes of the Earth over the past two million years, with an emphasis on environmental change during the late Pleistocene and the Holocene (the past ... More
Faculty & Staff

Quinn, Terry

Dr. Quinn teaches a graduate course in Geoclimatology, which examines the geologic record of climate change as recorded in sedimentary archives. Dr. Quinn's research interests focus on using the geochemistry of marine... More
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Radioactive Waste Management (CE 377K; ME 389E)

This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of sources of radiation, ionizing radiation, its interaction with matter and living tissues, radioactive decay kinetics, external and internal radiation d... More
Faculty & Staff

Rai, Varun

Natural Resource Economics, Engineering-Economic analysis of energy systems; Energy policies of China and India; Climate change economics and policy; Technological innovation and diffusion More
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Rainforest Conservation (BIO 337; C 357)

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Raish, Julia K

Environmental designer Raish has experience in green infrastructure research, sustainable design and implementation, master planning and facilitation, site analysis and sustainable roadside design. She holds dual master... More
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Randall, D'Arcy

Dr. Randall's Engineering-Education research focuses on critical thinking, inquiry-based learning, and engineering ethics. Her literary research focuses on poetry and poetics, Australian Literary History, and creative wr... More
Research & Initiatives

Rarity and Point Diversity in Australian Desert Lizards

I plan to undertake a series of important phylogenetic analyses elucidating probable evolutionary pathways for a wide variety of important traits including functional anatomy, activity times and temperatures, foraging ta... More
Faculty & Staff

Rawlins, Rachel

Rachael Rawlins is an environmental and land use attorney that has practiced law in both the public and private sector. In her capacities as attorney and as planner, Ms. Rawlins has worked with neighborhood planning coal... More
Research & Initiatives

Reducing the Evironmental Impact of Concrete Production

The purpose of this research is to explore methods of reducing the environmental impact of concrete production while maintaining or improving current performance standards. This is being achieved through the synthesis of... More
Faculty & Staff

Reedy, Robert

Robert Reedy's research interests include hydrologic data analysis, field instrumentation systems design, installation, computer applications and programming-databases, CAD, GIS, Fortran, Visual Basic, and data-acquisiti... More
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Regional Planning and Governance (CRP 385C)

Planning theory and practice have experienced a notable renaissance over the past 15 years. One area of innovation involves planning across boundaries at the regional or metropolitan scale under the rubric of "the new re... More
Faculty & Staff

Reible, Danny

Dr. Reible is the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering at the University of Texas and Coordinator of Environmental and Water Resources in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmenta... More
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Religion, Environment, and Society (GRG 356T; REE 345; RS 373)

The ongoing ‘ clash of civilization’ in the modern world derives in part from profound differences in religious systems and traditions, environmental attitudes and societal norms and taboos. Over the course of the se... More
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Remote Sensing of the Environment (GRG 493K)

Imagery generated by remote sensors applied to research and problem solving in the physical and cultural environment. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.... More
Research & Initiatives

Remote Sensing Working Group, ESI

The Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Working Group seeks to connect multidisciplinary efforts within the field. Group members study and model earth systems using remote sensing technology and geographic... More
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Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CE 397)

The objectives of this course are to understand causes and consequences of global climate change, Estimate ecological footprints, Solve environmental sustainability problems using mass and energy balances, Apply input-ou... More
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Renewable Energy and Power Systems (EE 362R; EE 379K)

Introduction to renewable energy sources and their integration into power systems. Includes wind energy: resources, turbines, blades, rotor power characteristics, generators, active and reactive power, variability, and v... More
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Renewable Resource Assessment for Texas

Sponsor: State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) More
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Reporting on our Changing Environment: Australia (J 346F; J 362F; J 395; GRG 356)

The environment varies tremendously from place to place, and it is conceptualized very differently among individuals and cultures. According to research, environmental stories are consistently among the most important an... More
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Rescuing Science from Politics: Regulation and the Distortion of Scientific Research

Rescuing Science from Politics debuts chapters by the nation\'s leading academics in law, science, and philosophy who explore ways that the law can be abused by special interests to intrude on the way scientists conduct ... More
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Research and Communication Seminar (EVS 311)

EVS 141 engages in discussions of student career development and opportunities in environmental science and sustainability. More
Research & Initiatives

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Teachers (RET): Global Change and Its Impacts

ESI's NSF funded REU/RET program on Global Change and Its Impacts provides research experience for Undergraduates and Teachers to learn and do research in the environmental sciences. More
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Research in Climate Change Science (GEO 394)

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Research in Climate Dynamics (GEO 394)

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Research in Climate Physics (GEO 394)

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Research in Environmental Change (GEO 394)

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Research in Geoclimatology (GEO 394)

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Research in Global Change (GEO 394)

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Research in Groundwater Recharge (GEO 394)

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Research in Paleoclimatology (GEO 394)

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Research Methods for Environmental Science (EVS 331)

EVS 331 provides students with a research toolkit in environmental science by guiding them through independent research focusing on environmental issues in urban watersheds. More
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Research Seminar: Sustainable Preservation (ARC 386M, CRP 381)

This seminar seeks to explore the evolving state of knowledge at the intersection of preservation and sustainability; to chart the gaps, contradictions and uncertainties, and then to formulate ways of resolving them. It ... More
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Residential Self-Selection Effects in an Activity Time-use Behavior Model

This study presents a joint model system of residential location and activity time-use choices that considers a comprehensive set of activity-travel environment (ATE) variables, as well as sociodemographic variables, as ... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Resource Economics and Econometrics Module - Energy and Earth Resources (MA)

The Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program provides the opportunity for students to prepare themselves in management, finance, economics, law and policy leading to analytical and leadership positions in resource?rel... More
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Restoration Ecology (LAR 385)

This course examines key concepts underlying ecological mechanisms from the plant through landscape scale as it pertains to ecological and sustainable landscape design. It introduces basic principles of ecology and how t... More
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Revamping Aggregate Property Requirements for Portland Cement Concrete

Current TxDOT specifications for aggregates in portland cement concrete have been in Item 421 for over 37 years. Two tests have been required to qualify aggregate for concrete are the magnesium sulfate soundness test whi... More
Faculty & Staff

Rhykka Connelley

Dr. Connelly is a research associate at the Center for Electromechanics. She works on algae biofuel research as well as research on sustainable fertilizer, made from algae. More
Faculty & Staff

Richardson, Dick

Our research interests relate to ecological restoration and conservation, particularly of prairies. We have found that functioning of the soil ecosystem is critical for establishing and maintaining a healthy plant commun... More
Faculty & Staff

Richter, Brian

Brian Richter is interested in understanding how economic actors respond to the institutional environments in which they operate—and study related questions by bringing appropriate, and sometimes new, methodological to... More
Faculty & Staff

Rieff, Susan

Before joining the Wildflower Center in 2004, Rieff served as policy director for land stewardship for the National Wildlife Federation. From 1995 to 1998, she was deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Department of the Int... More
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Right to the City: Social, Spatial and Environmental Justice (CRP 385C)

This is the third in an ongoing series of courses developed in partnership with community-based organizations in Austin. More
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Rivers and Landscapes: Fluvial Geomorphology (GRG 338C)

Fluvial geomorphology is a comprehensive science that examines the evolution, structure, function, and dynamics of river systems. Because of the many ways in which humans alter rivers and landscapes fluvial geomorphology... More
Centers & Institutes

Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin provides the imagination, leadership and intellectual innovation required to help meet the challenges of the 21st centu... More
Faculty & Staff

Rochelle, Gary

Control of air pollution by acid gases, carbon dioxide, and air toxics, CO2 capture, flue gas desulfurization, acid gas treating, CO2 mass transfer with chemical reaction, electrolyte thermodynamics, reaction kinetics in... More
Research & Initiatives

ROGUE: Real-time Observations of Greenland's Under-ice Environment

Our goal in this project is to examine the nature and cause of short-term ice velocity changes near Swiss Camp, Greenland. Our work will focus on the interactions between the ice sheet, the atmosphere and the bed through... More
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Romanak, Katherine Duncker

Dr. Romanak's research interests include geochemistry and isotope systematics of carbon cycling in the vadose zone and in freshwater aquifers; soil-gas monitoring and surface gas flux measurements at CO2 sequestration si... More
Faculty & Staff

Ronn, Ehud

Dr. Ronn’s research is primarily in the area of energy risk: modeling, measurement and management. He has published articles on banking, investments, interest rate-sensitive instruments, and energy derivatives in acade... More
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Roots Of Social/Economic Justice (SW 460K )

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Rosen, Arlene

Environmental archaeology, Prehistory of the Near East and China, origins of agriculture, climate change and society, phytoliths, geoarchaeology. More
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Ruoff, Rodney S.

Our research includes study of the synthesis, characterization, and application of novel carbon materials, algae-biodiesel, and new instrument development and use. One such carbon material is graphene, a two-dimensional ... More
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SACROC Historic Oil Field

The Gulf Coast Carbon Center has been conducting a major research project in the Scurry Area Canyon Reef Operators (SACROC) oilfield near the eastern edge of the Permian Basin in Scurry County, Texas. Since 1972 over 175... More
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Santoso, Surya

Dr. Surya Santoso's research interests include development of intelligent systems for enhancing the infrastructure of the electric power grid (e.g., autonomous intelligent monitoring and assessment systems, predictive ma... More
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Sarkar, Sahotra

Sarkar sees his primary role, in and out of the academy, as one of capacity building. He’s been a pioneer in introducing the mathematical and philosophical tools of decision theory and game theory to the realm of biodi... More
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Scanlon, Bridget

Bridget Scanlon's research interests include water and sustainability; evaluation of the impact of climate variability and land use change on groundwater resources; the application of numerical models for simulating vari... More
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Schwartz, Suzanne

Suzanne Schwartz serves as Environmental Program Director for the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law, where she focuses on building collaboration and resolving disputes i... More
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Science & Technology Policy (PA 388K)

This course will review how science and technology is funded and performed; how knowledge is created and disseminated; and how firms access and translate knowledge into commercial innovations. But the focus of the course... More
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Science & Law (LAW 397S)

Science is integral to our modern technological society and is used in myriad ways to formulate and challenge public policy. This seminar will examine issues of science policy and regulation as they arise in biotechnolog... More
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Science, Economics, and Politics of Energy Production (TC 357)

A detailed examination, from an engineering perspective, of the science, technology, economics and politics of non-renewable and renewable energy production and distribution. Renewable energy sources, e.g. wind, solar, p... More
Research & Initiatives

SECARB Stacked Storage Test

The Bureau of Economic Geology Gulf Coast Carbon Center is currently conducting a $34 million multi-year field study of sequestration and monitoring strategies for long-term storage of carbon dioxide. The site for the pr... More
Faculty & Staff

Seibert, Frank

Frank Seibert is the Technical Manager of the Separations Research Program at The University of Texas at Austin. The Separations Research Program is a consortium composed of approximately 20 industrial companies that sup... More
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Selected Topics in Physics: Energy Production (PHY 341)

Topic 1: Energy Production. The various means that exist or have been suggested for generating energy; comparison in terms of efficiency, safety, and effects on the environment. More
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Seminar in Digital Landscapes (GRG 393C)

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Seminar in Marine Science (MNS 191)

Recent advances in the marine sciences, discussed by students, faculty and staff members, and guest lecturers More
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Seminar in Marine Science (BIO 101C)

Topics in biology that are especially relevant to current issues and problems in modern society. May not be counted toward a degree in biology. Some sections are offered on the pass/fail basis only; these are identified ... More
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Seminar: Solving Environmental Problems (LAW 397S; EER 396)

This course will explore important limitations of environmental regulatory programs, with an emphasis on devising and implementing creative solutions that address gaps in both regulatory oversight and enforcement. Half o... More
Research & Initiatives

Sequestration of Greenhouse Gases in Brine Formations

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by injecting unwanted gases into unused deep-brine-bearing aquifers is an attractive option because large-volume sinks underlie many carbon dioxide sources. In this study, funded by DOE/... More
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Severe and Unusual Weather (GRG 333C)

In-depth discussion of inclement weather phenomena (tornadoes, tropical cyclones, floods, drought) and their effects on human beings, as well as the climatology of those types of weather events. More
Faculty & Staff

Shanahan, Timothy

Research Interests I am interested in understanding the nature and cause of past climate changes, and their impact on the environment, particularly as they pertain to future climate change. To do so, I focus primarily on... More
Faculty & Staff

Shank, G. Christopher

Coastal waters are precious to many people for their natural beauty and recreational resources. Because of their allure, U.S. coastlines (including Texas) are experiencing rapid population increases and consequently, in... More
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Sharp, John

Dr. Sharp's hydrogeological research covers flow in fractured rocks, thermohaline free convection, fracture skin effects, regional flow in carbonate rocks, hydrology of arid and semi-arid zones, subsidence and coastal la... More
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Shearer, Allan

Dr. Shearer's research centers how individuals, communities, and societies create scenarios of the future and how these descriptions of possible tomorrows are used to inform present day decisions. Focusing on issues rela... More
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Siegel, Jeffrey

Dr. Siegel and his research team have ongoing research on HVAC filtration, portable air cleaners, protecting industrial and residential buildings from extraordinary events, particle resuspension, particle transport and d... More
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Simmons, Mark

Mark Simmons is the Director of the Ecosystem Design Group at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, at the University of Texas at Austin. His duties are divided between the research program, teaching, and environmenta... More
Research & Initiatives

Sketch Planning Techniques to Assess Regional Air Quality Impacts of Congestion Mitigation Strategies

A quick-response project-planning tool can be extremely valuable in anticipating -- and comparing -- the air quality, emissions, congestion, safety, and other impacts of large-scale network improvements and policy implem... More
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Skyscrapers and Polar Bears: Perspectives on Sustainable Design (UGS 303)

Sustainable design increasingly pervades all aspects of contemporary life, from the buildings we build, to the clothes we wear, to the food we eat. The interdisciplinary course “Skyscrapers and Polar Bears: Perspective... More
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Sletto, Bjorn

Geographic Information Systems, Latin American planning and development, participatory planning, environmental and social justice, social theory. More
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Smart Building Initiative

Tools are now available that offer real-time data for people who want to learn how their personal choices impact energy consumption at the room level. In a year-long project, the Smart Building Initiative marries this te... More
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Smith, Ernest

Oil, wind, and gas law, international petroleum transactions, property, wind energy law More
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Smyth, Rebecca

Rebecca Smyth research interests include studies related to geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide; hydrogeologic assessment of sites impacted by petroleum exploration and production activities; LIDAR (Light Detection ... More
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Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Business (LEB 380 1)

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Social Change in Developing Nations (SOC 324K)

Overview of changing social structure in the Third World. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. More
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Social Enterprise Concentration - Master in Business Administration (MBA)

The McCombs School of Business concentration in social enterprise offers students insight into the industry through unique courses and events and prepares them for career opportunities related to this concentration - eve... More
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Society, Nature, and Technology (ARC 386M)

Architects have tended to tell the history of their discipline as either the succession of styles or as the succession of theories. In both these views of architectural history, technological choices are understood to be... More
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Society, Technology, and the Environment (UGS 302)

This seminar will focus on the economic and environmental impact of technology and what it means to be a producer, a consumer, and a citizen. More
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Sociocultural Influences on Health (N 382)

Factors associated with disparities in health status and health care among different social and cultural groups. More
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Soils (GRG 334K)

This course will focus on the study of soils as natural features, and will approach soil science from several slightly different but interrelated pedological perspectives: 1. Soil Morphology: the soil profile; soil ho... More
Research & Initiatives

Solar Cells

Solar energy is the most abundant, and the amount of energy received from the sun every hour exceeds the annual global energy requirements. The major hurdle to widespread adoption of solar cells is that existing solar en... More
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Solar Conversion Devices (EE 379K)

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Solar Energy Systems Design (ME 374S)

The objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of the fundamentals of solar radiation and of solar thermal and PV components and systems, including performance and economics. Other renewable energy technol... More
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Solar Geometry and Energy Flow in Buildings (ARC 350R, ARC 386M)

This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of how buildings interact with their energetic environment, i.e. the natural energy that flows around and through them. More
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Solar Photocatalytic Materials – Sunlight to Fuels

We are testing and trying to discover cheap, durable, and efficient materials as well as device strategies and non-morphologies for use as photocatalysts for converting cheap feed-stocks (e.g., water or carbon dioxide) i... More
Faculty & Staff

Sonnier, Garrett

Dr. Sonnier research focuses on Bayesian Methods and Brand Management. In his class Environmental Issues in Marketing he addresses the integration of knowledge from industrial organization theory, environmental and resou... More
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Sources of Indoor Air Pollution (CE 397)

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Spatial Data Analysis for Climate Science (GEO 391)

The course will provide concepts in statistical analysis appropriate for assessing the reliability of interpretations of phenomena that evolve in time and space common to the atmosphere, ocean, ice and solid earth system... More
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Spawning and Rearing of Ornamental Fish and Shrimp

Ornamental fish and shrimp populations around the world are declining due to habitat loss and overexploitation. Coral bleaching, destructive fishing practices, boat propeller damage, and pollution are responsible for dec... More
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Special Topics in Skin Design (ARC 386M)

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Species Geographic Ranges

All species have a defined and dynamic geographic distribution across space. I am interested in understanding the general processes that underlie the spatial variation in abundance of organisms and ultimately determine t... More
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Speed, Shannon

Dr. Speed's research interests include human rights, indigenous rights, gender, Mexico, and activist research in Latin America and Chiapas. Her courses address issues of sustainability as it relates to development, envir... More
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Spence, David

Professor Spence's research and teaching focuses on business-government relations and the regulation of business, particularly energy and environmental regulation. Additionally, he is interested in environmental law, ene... More
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Spring Water Resource Planning and Management (CE 385D)

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Steiner, Frederick

Dean Steiner has worked with local, state, and federal agencies on diverse environmental plans and designs. These activities include analysis of watershed level growth management for the upper San Pedro basin on the U.S.... More
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Stevenson, Keith

Our research looks at interfacial processes occurring at solid/liquid interfaces. Understanding the chemistry and physics at these interfaces can have huge technological implications such as in the development of sensors... More
Research & Initiatives

STORE (Sequestration Training, Outreach, Research and Education) Alliance

The overall mission of our Alliance for Sequestration Training, Outreach, Research and Education (STORE) is to promote better understanding of CO2 sequestration science and engineering technology. Our efforts are helping... More
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Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (Graduate) (BGS 380D)

Companies are increasingly choosing to embrace corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in which they not only exceed legal requirements they face but also take action beyond what is being discussed in public po... More
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Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (Undergraduate) (BGS 372)

Companies are increasingly choosing to embrace corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives—in which they not only exceed legal requirements they face but also take action beyond what is being discussed in public ... More
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Sulfate Resistance of Concrete Exposed to External Sulfate Attack

Sulfate attack is a complex form of deterioration that has damaged concrete structures throughout the world. Sulfate attack is particularly complex because the source of sulfates can be external or internal (delayed ettr... More
Faculty & Staff

Sullivan, David

Dr. David W. Sullivan is a Research Associate at The University of Texas at Austin Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, where he has been a staff member since September 2005. Some projects on which he has worke... More
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Surface and Soil Chemistry (CE 397)

An introduction to surface and soil chemistry as applied to environmental processes. Subjects include colloidal properties, liquid surfaces, liquid-liquid interfaces, solid-liquid interfaces, sorption, and soil component... More
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Surviving Drought: Drought Resistence in Plants

In his research at BFL, Juenger studies the genetic strategies plants have evolved to cope with environmental stresses that they can’t, being rooted, walk or fly away from. In particular, he looks at how plants have ad... More
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Sustainability of Low Income Housing in Texas and Latin America

We are exploring ways in which sustainable applications can be extended to low income home owners in self build and self managed communities in Texas (colonias) and Latin America (irregular settlements. It embraces susta... More
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Sustainability Planning (C E 397)

Sustainability increasingly drives the decisions of consumers, producers, institutions, and governments. Thus, appropriate decision paradigms and improved analytical techniques are needed. Drawing on a broad array of dis... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Sustainability Track - Geography and the Environment (BA)

The Environmental Resource Management track, within the Bachelor of Arts degree program in Geography, allows students to develop technical skills in the discipline of geography. The goal is to produce graduates with a fe... More
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Sustainable Cities (CRP 391D)

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Sustainable Cities Doctoral Research Initiative

The Sustainable Cities Doctoral Research Initiative focus on the integration of cutting edge research and practice in the fields of urban planning, architecture, environmental and architectural engineering, landscape arc... More
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Sustainable Design (MSSD)

This degree plan is intended for those students who wish to prepare for a related PhD program, plan to work in public policy, or pursue activism related to sustainable architecture or urbanism. It is a non-professional r... More
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Sustainable Design Emphasis - First Professional Degree Program in Architecture (M.Arch. I, E)

This degree program is intended for those students who hold a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree and intend to practice architecture as a licensed professional. No background in architecture or design is required, but a... More
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Sustainable Design Specialization - First Professional Degree Program in Architecture (M.Arch. I, S)

This degree program is intended for those students who hold a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree and intend to practice architecture as a licensed professional. More
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Sustainable Development (GRG 342C; GRG396T)

Historical and contemporary analysis of international development with a focus on the prospects for environmental sustainability. Asian Studies 342C and Geography 342C may not both be counted. More
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Sustainable Economic Development (CRP 385C; CRP 383)

This course provides a survey of major theories of urban economic development and current initiatives by federal, state and local governments to improve regional and local economic performance. A special emphasis of this... More
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Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Austin (PA 682A)

Austin Energy and Solar Austin are co-sponsoring the creation of a "Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Austin (the Roadmap), a detailed plan for Austin Energy to become carbon-neutral. The project will identify the steps tha... More
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Sustainable Energy Systems Certificate - Mechanical Engineering

Access to energy directly correlates with the quality of life we enjoy. Today, we face the grand challenge of meeting the energy needs of a growing population while minimizing the adverse effects of these technologies on... More
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Sustainable Interiors (ARC 350R)

The average American spends 18 hours indoors for every hour spent outdoors.[1] This translates to about 90% of our time being spent indoors. The indoor environments we design have a substantial impact on our health, prod... More
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Sustainable Land Use Planning (CRP 386)

This course presents the nuts and bolts of land use planning as practiced in the US today using the recently adopted Tulsa Oklahoma comprehensive plan (PLANiTULSA )-as our case study for understanding the theory and meth... More
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Sustainable Materials (CE 397)

This is an introductory course focusing on sustainability considerations as they pertain to infrastructure materials most relevant to civil engineers. The course will provide the students with a strong foundation in the ... More
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Sustainable Pavement Engineering (CE 397)

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Research & Initiatives

Sustainable Sites Initiative

The Sustainable Sites Initiative is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic ... More
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Sustaining a Planet (UGS 303; GEO 302P)

Overview of the three main pillars of sustainability: economy, societal equity, and environment. Examines sustainability and the environment from the perspective of multiple disciplines. Three lecture hours and one and ... More
Faculty & Staff

Swearingen, Scott

Sociology, sustainability, service-learning, urban development, planning. More
Research & Initiatives

Switchgrass as a Biofuel Crop

The agronomic development of switchgrass as a biofuel crop has focused primarily on Panicum virgatum. Unfortunately, P. virgatum is a complex polyploid (both tetraploid and octaploid series exist), has a large genome (1C... More
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Switchgrass Response to Future Climate Change

A critical challenge of the 21st century is to discover large-scale sources of sustainable energy. While various alternatives to fossil fuels are currently being developed for electricity production (e.g. solar, nuclear,... More
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Synthesis of Thwaites Glacier Dynamics: Diagnostic and Prognostic Sensitivity Studies of a West Antarctic Outlet System

This is a three-year study to isolate essential physical processes affecting Thwaites Glacier (TG) in the Amundsen Sea Embayment (ASE) of West Antarctica using a suite of existing numerical models in conjunction with exi... More
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System Operation and Preservation Optimization

TxDOT maintains 194,000 lane miles of pavement which is the largest State maintained highway system in the U.S. The current statewide pavement condition goal, set by the Texas Transportation Commission in 2002, is to ach... More
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System-Wide Monitoring Program

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) operates a System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) as a nationally-coordinated and standardized program. The goal of the SWMP is to develop quantitative measur... More
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Systematics and Conservation Status of Mexican Native Trouts.

While biologists have been aware of the existence of native Mexican trouts for over a century, they have received little study. The few early studies that did muchmore than mention their existence began in the 1930s and... More
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Tarpon Migration and Ecology

Tarpon once thrived off the coast of Texas (FAML’s home town of Port Aransas used to be called “Tarpon, Texas”). In the mid-1950’s fishermen observed a catastrophic crash in tarpon populations. To this day, we do... More
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Taxation of Natural Resources (LAW 374N)

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Taylor, Frederick

Taylor is involved in using the geochemistry of the annual density bands in living and fossil corals to infer late Quaternary paleoclimate. His main geographic research area is the western tropical Pacific, known as t... More
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Taylor, Melinda

Melinda Taylor's research interests include the protection of endangered species and water resources, use of incentives and market mechanisms to encourage conservation of private land and water resources, and environment... More
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Technoeconomic Modeling of Integrating Wind Into the Grid

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Technology and Its Impact on the Environment (CHE 357)

Study of sources and fates of environmental pollutants; environmental quality standards--their measurement and regulation; and pollution control design procedures. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisit... More
Research & Initiatives

Texas Arboretum

The Wildflower Center's new Gardens Master Plan includes a Texas Arboretum that will be located in an area of deeper soils suitable for growing a large number of tree species. Developed as a classic arboretum, this will ... More
Research & Initiatives

Texas Climate Change and Drought History

Beginning in May, 2009, the Environmental Science Institute at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) partnered with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA) and the University of Arkansas Tree Ring Lab (UA) to study ... More
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Texas Electrical Vehicle Program

The University of Texas at Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM), the Texas Energy Conservation Office, and the Texas Department of Commerce have jointly organized an electric and hybrid-electric vehicle program in Texas.... More
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Texas Energy Policy (GEO 391; PA 672; PA 682)

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Texas Industries of the Future

Texas Industries of the Future (IOF) was established in 2001 with funding from the US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through contracts with the Texas State Energy Conservation Offic... More
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Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council (TIPPC)

Stakeholders from state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, academia, green industry and the public sector had long discussed the need for one unified body to address the threat of invasive species in Texas... More
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Texas Law of Oil and Gas

Texas Law of Oil & Gas is an expert analysis of substantive law in this area. From an in-depth discussion of the basic legal doctrines of the industry to provocative analyses of emerging issues in the field, this guide p... More
Centers & Institutes

Texas Materials Institute

The Texas Materials Institute at the University of Texas at Austin was established in 1998 to ensure that UT-Austin achieves excellence in graduate education and research in the broad field of materials. The role of TMI ... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Texas MBA+ Leadership Program

As Texas MBAs develop into influential business leaders, the Texas MBA+ Leadership Program facilitates an individually tailored professional development and leadership experience. MBA+ provides an evolving series of serv... More
Centers & Institutes

Texas Natural Science Center

The mission of the Texas Natural Science Center is to encourage awareness and appreciation of the interplay of the biological, geological, and environmental forces as they have shaped, are shaping and will shape our worl... More
Research & Initiatives

Texas Pavement Preservation Center 2010

A joint collaboration between CTR of the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) of Texas A&M University, the Texas Pavement Preservation Center (TCCP) (TPPC) promotes the use of paveme... More
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Texas Water Law (LAW 397S)

This course will look at the major constants and changes in Texas Water Law. More
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Texas-Mexico Borderlands and Latin America Working Group, ESI

The goal of the Texas-Mexico Borderlands and Latin America Working Group is to initiate and assist in multidisciplinary environmental research in Latin America and the Texas-Mexico border region. Our members represent se... More
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The African Humid Period: A Regional Modeling Study

During the last glacial period, dry conditions prevailed over Saharan and Sahelian Africa, somewhat drier than today. But beginning around 14,500 years ago (14.5 kyr), the region became progressively more moist. Numerous... More
Courses

The Archaeology of Climate Change (ANT 324L)

Modern Western Society is not the first to be impacted by and pushed to the brink by a changing climate. The anthropology and archaeology of past societies world-wide provide innumerable examples of societies which have ... More
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The City and Urbanization (SOC 346)

346. The City and Urbanization. Same as Urban Studies 354 (Topic 6: The City and Urbanization). Examination of urbanization from a cross-national perspective: discrimination and racial inequality in urban labor markets. ... More
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The City: Into to Urban (GRG 315)

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The Consnet 1.0 Portal

The Consnet Systematic Conservation Planning Primer is a set of tutorial modules that will guide you through the process of systematic conservation planning. There are several goals that this tutorial has: to introduce l... More
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The Design and Estimation of a Household Vehicle Evolution and Composition Model for Assessing the Impact of Transportation Policies on Global Climate Change and Air Quality

This study focuses on the design and development of a comprehensive vehicle fleet composition, utilization, and evolution simulator that can be used to forecast household vehicle ownership and mileage by type of vehicle ... More
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The Ecology of Rural HIV/AIDS: Forecasting HIV/AIDS Vulnerable Landscapes and Populations in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Dr. Kelley A. Crews has been awarded a Fulbright Faculty Fellowship for 2009 – 2010 under the Africa Regional Research Program for her project “The Ecology of Rural HIV/AIDS: Forecasting HIV/AIDS Vulnerable Landscape... More
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The Economics of Climate Engineering

This work addresses possible responses to climate change. More
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The Effects of On-Street Parking on Cyclist Route Choice and the Operational Behavior of Cyclists and Motorists

Because of the serious societal, environmental, economic, and public health problems associated with motorized transportation, there is increased interest in encouraging non-motorized modes of travel. The current study c... More
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The End of Nature (GRG 396T; GER 394C; ANT 394M; AMS 391; GEO 391)

From Silent Spring to the Death of Environmentalism: an introduction to the history of environmentalism and recent approaches to cope with the challenge of climate change. More
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The Engineered World -- Energy (UGS 302)

Topics of this course include global and regional energy supply and demand, energy conversion and power production, energy use in buildings, transportation and industry, outlook for global energy resources, environmental... More
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The Future - Views in Planning (ARC 386M, CRP 386, LAR 388)

The topic of this seminar is how 'images of the future' (expectations about the state of things to come at some future time) are used environmental planning and design discourse. More
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The Greening of the University of Texas at Austin Main Campus

This paper briefly describes UTSOA student team documentations of proposed strategies for a greening of the University of Texas at Austin main campus. The investigations use the campus as a laboratory to explore how to e... More
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The Hidden Half of Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change: What Happens Belowground?

Our goal is to understand how soils and soil microorganisms will respond to climate change and how these responses will feedback to ecosystem carbon cycling. Saprophytic fungi responsible for decomposition and mycorrhiza... More
Courses

The Human Overpopulation Crisis (FS 301)

Why are humans in such a state of total denial about what we are doing to this planet? People are becoming aware of some of the many consequences of overpopulation, but most still refuse to recognize the underlying cause... More
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The Human Use of the Earth (GRG 346)

We will explore human impacts on environmental systems and the human role in creating a sustainable global future. More
Research & Initiatives

The Importance of Meltwater to the Peripheral Thinning of Greenland

Our goal in this proposal is to study the importance of short-term ice velocity changes near Swiss Camp, Greenland to the stability of the ice sheet interior. Several areas in Greenland are thinning (particularly those b... More
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The Law of Environmental Protection: Cases, Legislation, Policies

Attempts to achieve a pragmatic understanding of what the statutes, regulations, and cases say about the law. The questions and materials following the excerpts not only challenge the student to understand how the curren... More
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The Modern American City (GRG 337; GRG 396T; URB 352 1; ARC 350R 1)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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The Natural Environment (GRG 301C)

This class is intended to provide an overview of physical geography, a subfield of geography that focuses on the systematic study of geographic patterns, processes, and systems within the hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphe... More
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The Nexus of Energy and Water in Texas

Sponsors: National Science Foundation, Texas State Energy Conservation Office, Energy Foundation, Texas Water Development Board (TXWDB), private donors More
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The Politics of National Energy Policy Reform

Can we or should we bear the costs of reform now, such as higher energy prices and higher prices for energy intensive products? Will the benefits exceed the costs? Collectively, these questions have been the focus of a g... More
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The Role of Demography and Markets in Determining Deforestation Rates Near Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

The highland forests of Madagascar are home to some of the world's most unique and diverse flora and fauna and to some of its poorest people. This juxtaposition of poverty and biodiversity is continually reinforced by ra... More
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The Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues (UGS 302)

Environmental issues ranging from global warming to invasive species are often in the news. The political issues are difficult to evaluate but the scientific ones should not be because science should be objective and tes... More
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The Spread and Evolution of Parasites on Host Networks

Contact network epidemiology is a new and powerful mathematical approach to study the ecology of infectious diseases. It involves building realistic models of the complex host contact patterns that underlie disease trans... More
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The Sustainability Penalty

Despite the widespread attention that sustainability and ethical consumerism is receiving sales of sustainable products (i.e., those with a beneficial social and/or environmental impact) still represent “only a small f... More
Courses

Theatre For Social Change (SW 360K)

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Faculty & Staff

Theriot, Edward

Dr. Theriot has studied freshwater and marine biology for the large part of his career, focusing on modern lakes and on paleontology of lakes. He mainly studies microscopic algae known as diatoms, which leave a dense fos... More
Courses

This Human World: An Introduction to Geography (GRG 305)

This course introduces students to a wide range of topics that will be presented from a human geography lens. These ‘lenses’ include the geographical subfields of; economic geography, social and cultural geography, p... More
Faculty & Staff

Thomas, Peter

The release of toxic chemicals into marine and estuarine environments has increased dramatically as a result of rapid industrialization in many regions of the world, but the longterm ecological consequences of increased ... More
Faculty & Staff

Titman, Sheridan

Dr. Titman has a national reputation for his research on corporate finance, real estate and asset pricing issues. He currently blogs on energy policy from a financial economist’s perspective. Keywords: Valuation, Energ... More
Research & Initiatives

TOD and Regional Transportation Planning

This project is aimed at helping the Central Texas Metropolitan Planning Organizations integrate Austin’s planned Transit-oriented Developments (TOD) into its larger analysis by synthesizing findings from the literatur... More
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Topics in Architectural Theory: Sustainable Architecture (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

This class proposes to establish a goal of investigating applied research green building systems that could be utilized as resource conservation strategies for the greening of the main campus at the University of Texas a... More
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Topics in Environmental Geography (GRG 356)

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Topics in Environmental Science (LAR 385)

Elective seminars in aspects of environmental analysis, ecological and systemic approaches, sustainable development, and applied methods of geographic information systems. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.... More
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Topics in Horticulture and Plant Design (LAR 384)

Study of habitat, site and technical conditions, and characteristics of plant typologies and their application to landscape practice. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser. More
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Topics In Sustainable Development (ARC 386C; CRP 383; MAN 385; LAW 379M; P A 388K)

This course is a trans-disciplinary graduate level seminar designed to critically explore the theory and practice of sustainable development from a variety of perspectives. The class is cross-listed in business, architec... More
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Topics in United States History: Building America, Engineering Society and Culture from 1867-1980 (HIS 317L)

This course looks at roughly 100 years of building in American society. It will focus on the ways in which politicians, architects, engineers, construction workers, naturalists, environmentalists, novelists, filmmakers a... More
Faculty & Staff

Torres, Gerald

A leading figure in critical race theory, Mr. Torres is also an expert in agricultural and environmental law. Torres has served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of t... More
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Torres, Rebecca

Rebecca Torres has worked in diverse topics related to rural development and reduction of poverty in Latin America and in the Southern United States. Her research includes migration, agricultural change, and touristic de... More
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Transboundary Water Resources (CE 397)

Availability of an adequate supply of water of acceptable quality has been identified as one of the pressing problems facing many countries in the next decades. Further, most water sources in many parts of the world are ... More
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Transit-Oriented Development (CRP 381)

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for the course participants to conduct a focal study of TOD by reviewing literature and best practice of TOD in the world and by investigating issues pertaining to ... More
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Transit-oriented Development in Latin America

Planning Professors Ming Zhang and Kent Butler are working with the City of Santo Domingo Norte and the national government of the Dominican Republic on planning for land use and transit-oriented development along a new ... More
Courses

Transportation Economics (PA 393L)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the manner in which the economic principles of demand, supply, pricing, efficiency, investment, externalities, and analytical techniques (such as... More
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Transportation Economics (CE 392T)

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Transportation Planning: Methodology and Techniques (CE 391J)

Analysis of a wide range of planning studies to establish the logic and foundation for the transportation planning process. Emphasis on techniques of estimation and forecasting population, economic activity, land use, an... More
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Transportation Policy (PA 388K; PA 188G)

Both the U.S. and global economies are dependent on an efficient and reliable transportation system. Highways, ports, railways, airports, transit systems, warehouses, distribution centers, and other facilities make up a ... More
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Transportation, Access, & Equity (CRP 384)

Transportation is vital to the health and well-being of individuals living in American cities. This course is designed to explore the urban transportation system, with an emphasis on accessibility and social equity. Key ... More
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Transportation, Environment, and Health (CRP 384)

This course offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the major health and public policy concerns focusing on the linkage between transportation and environmental issues. Externalities of transportation planning such as... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Treatment Processes Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Current research within the Water and Wastewater Treatment area, within the EWRE program, encompasses the three main categories of treatment processes: separations, biological transformations, and chemical transformation... More
Faculty & Staff

Tretter, Eliot M

Eliot Tretter does research on urban development. He has been researching the role of the environmental movement in shaping Austin's urban politics. More
Faculty & Staff

Trevino, Manuel

Dr. Manuel Trevino received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has 15 years of experience in transportation research. His area of study are pavement design and rehabilitation, pavement materials, and hi... More
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Trevino, Ramon

Ramon Trevino's research interests include carbon storage and sequestration; and sequence stratigraphic interpretation and reservoir characterization. More
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Twentieth-Century U.S. Social Movements (AMS 390; HIS 385)

This graduate seminar explores how people collectively have rallied for social change in the United States in the decades following World War II. Analyzing the concept of “social movement” from a historical perspecti... More
Research & Initiatives

Understanding Emerging Commuting Trends in a Weekly Travel Decision Frame: Implications for Megaregion Transportation Planning

Urban travel demand analysis has focused conventionally on one-day activities and trips performed by household members on a given survey day. Many emerging commuting trends however cannot be better understood without goi... More
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Understanding Grounding Line Dynamics

Understanding ice streams is a long-standing objective of West Antarctic glaciology. This field of study has progressed from recognizing ice streams' unique geologic setting and associated dynamics; to concern over the ... More
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Unit Operations in Water and Wastewater Treatment (CE 385M)

Physical, chemical and biological unit operations for water treatment and pollution control problems. One lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Enginee... More
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University Co-op Materials Resource Center

The Materials Lab collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive material collections of its kind at any college or university in the country, if not the world. Currently, the Materials Lab has a growing collect... More
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University of Texas Energy Poll

The Energy Management & Innovation Center (EMIC) within the University of Texas McCombs School of Business is launching a new groundbreaking public opinion poll to measure and report on US consumer opinions and attitudes... More
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University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team

The University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team is a student organization sponsored by the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. The team consists of a diverse range of students from the Cockre... More
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Urban Design Practice (URB 352 3; ARC 350R 3)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Urban Environmental Analysis (GRG 396T; CRP 383)

We will focus on the politics of environmental planning, broadly defined, and examine how political-economic and social structures and processes influence environmental policy-making and planning practices, We will revie... More
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Urban Landscape and Place-Making (ARC 386M; LAR 386M; CRP 386M)

This seminar explores ways to make better urban places both as a means to serve a city’s inhabitants, and also as a catalyst to urban regeneration. City leaders are increasingly realizing that the urban landscape of ... More
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Urban Transportation Planning (CE 391H ; CRP 384)

This course is focused on the transportation?s interrelationship with the urban environment, methodologies for planning multi-modal transportation systems, and developing feasible alternatives. Emphasis is placed on deve... More
Faculty & Staff

Urban, Timothy

Dr. Urban's research includes the design, application, and analysis of a variety of satellite and other geodetic techniques. Global sea level research includes radar altimetry (TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason, etc.), tide gauges, ... More
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Urbanization Working Group, ESI

The goal of the Urbanization Working Group is to study environmental effects of urbanization and find paths to solutions. The Urbanization Working Group connects state, national, academic, and private interests and seeks... More
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Use of Manufactured Sands for Concrete Paving

The use of manufactured fine aggregate (MFA) is becoming much more prevalent due to the depletion of natural sand sources in parts of the state, particularly the Fort Worth and Dallas Districts. Manufactured sands are pr... More
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Using Item Response Theory to Improve Measurement in Strategic Management Research: An Application to Corporate Social Responsibility

We introduce item response theory (IRT) to management and strategy research. IRT explicitly models firms’ and individuals’ observable actions in order to measure unobserved, latent characteristics. IRT models have he... More
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Using Real Time Traveler Demand Data To Optimize Commuter Rail Feeder Systems

Commuter rail systems, operating on unused or under-used railroad rights-of-way are being introduced into many urban transportation systems. Since locations of available rail rights-of-way were typically chosen long ago ... More
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Using Satellite Data and Fully coupled Regional Hydrologic, Ecological and Atmospheric Models to Study Complex Coastal Environmental Processes

This proposal seeks to improve our understanding of how linked upland and estuarine ecosystems respond to combined changes in the hydrological and nutrient cycles that result from changes in climate and land use/land cov... More
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Using the CMAP Travel Tracker to Capture the Activity Patterns of a Youthful Disadvantaged Population

Transportation directly affects the quality of life. With few exceptions, most people do not travel for the sake of traveling; they travel with a purpose in mind. That purpose is to meet specific needs and wants, which e... More
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UT Energy Symposium - International Energy Issues (PA 188S)

This weekly speaker series seeks to provide a common platform for students from all disciplines across the campus to interact on the most pressing energy issues facing our globe. The series will introduce students to a w... More
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UT Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon is a university competition in which engineering and architectural teams from participating schools design, construct, transport and erect completely sustainable solar homes and display them on the Na... More
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UT Thermal Lab

The Thermal Lab is located on the south side of the West Mall Building and serves as a real-scale testing facility that simulates a full scale single room with a south-facing facade, allowing for thermal experiments as w... More
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UTest House

The UTest house is a 1300 ft2 manufactured home located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus at the University of Texas at Austin. The house is a three bedroom/two bathroom home built with conventional materials and has tw... More
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UTEX The Culture Collection of Algae

The principal resource of UTEX is its extensive collection of living algae. Nearly 2,800 different strains of algae, representing approximately 200 different genera, are provided to the public at modest charge. The princ... More
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Vegetation Ecology (GRG 367K)

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Vehicle Ownership, Retirement and Use Decisions: Response to Rising Fuel Prices and Implications for Carbon Emissions Forecasts

Automobile ownership plays an important role in determining vehicle use, emissions, fuel consumption, congestion and traffic safety. This work provides new data on ownership decisions and owner preferences under various ... More
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Vertical Design Studio (ARC 394)

The course introduces students to an expanding understanding of the use of materials and methods of green building and their application to details. A major dimension of the project will be to integrate the design of tec... More
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Vertical Studio: Middle Class Sustainability? Sea Ranch (ARC 393)

By “middle class sustainability” I mean a set of living habits that are consistent with both contemporary middle class social values and the environmental conditions and forces found in the place where those habi... More
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Vertical Studio: PARA_SITES (ARC 393)

The redevelopment and re-vitalization of the downtowns of our cities play an important role in the promotion of more sustainable living habits. In an effort to increase urban density, infill construction, additions, and ... More
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Vertical Studio: Sustainability and Desire (ARC 393)

It may be that construction and program - that is, technology and desire - chicken and egg endlessly in architectural design, but the argument could be made that, when it comes to actually committing to building, desire ... More
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Vertical Studio: Sustainable Form (ARC 391)

Through a series of projects, lectures and readings this semester's studio work will concern itself with the purposeful inquiry of sustainability and form. Two different intentions of/for making form will be examined. Th... More
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Vertical Studio: The Child in the City (ARC 395)

The small American town and city formed a tight spatial, economic, and social grouping. People chose to live close to the action. There developed a business marketplace of one-on-one communication, where law and politics... More
Faculty & Staff

Villareal, Tracy

My research interests are in understanding the processes and interactions that structure phytoplankton communities. I have two major research areas: Harmful algal species (particularly ciguatera causing dinoflagellates a... More
Faculty & Staff

Vizy, Edward (Ned)

Dr. Vizy's research interests include prediction of African climate variability, nderstanding drought/climate change,abrupt climate change, and understanding Atlantic Hurricane development. More
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Wagner, Wendy

Professor Wagner is a leading authority on the use of science by environmental policy-makers. She received a Masters of Environmental Studies in 1984 and her law degree in 1987, both from Yale, where she was Senior Edito... More
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Waitt, Damon

Damon Waitt holds a doctorate in botany from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied the evolutionary ecology and population genetics of Phlox. Waitt has served on the faculty at Saint Edward's University and ... More
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Waller, Travis

Modeling and large-scale optimization of transportation systems including network design, stochastic shortest path algorithms, and dynamic traffic assignment. Planning under uncertainty, transportation applications of in... More
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Walton, Michael

Dr. Walton researches intelligent transportation systems and intermodal freight logistics in addition to transportation systems engineering, planning, operations and policy analysis. Dr. Walton is a member of the Nationa... More
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Ward, Peter M.

Dr. Ward\'s principal research interests are Latin American urbanization, contemporary Mexican politics, housing policy and planning, Mexico City, and colonia-type agencies. In 2000, he and Victoria Rodriguez were jointl... More
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Warner, David

At the LBJ School, Professor Warner has directed policy research projects on a variety of health and mental health topics. Among his publications are Toward New Human Rights, more than forty articles and book chapters, a... More
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Water and Society (TC 357)

Topics will include an introduction to quantitative concepts in water, including the differences among treatment methods and technologies, but will primarily focus on the societal aspects, such as culture, economics, war... More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering (CE 342)

Prerequisite: C E 341 and credit or registration for C E 319F, or consent of instructor. More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment: Advanced Treatment Processes (CE 385L.3)

Principles of treatment of domestic and industrial water, wastewater and sludges. More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment: Biological Wastewater Treatment and Sludge Processing (CE 385L.2 )

Application of Biological Chemical and Physical Principles to the Analysis and Design of Biological Processes for the Treatment of Municipal and Industrial Wastewater and Sludge. More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment: Physical and Chemical Treatment (CE 385L.1)

Principles of treatment of domestic and industrial water, wastewater and sludges. Three lecture hours or two and one-halflecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester. More
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Water Law (LAW 376L)

Is water different from every other kind of property? Why have distinct regimes of control and allocation evolved around the water resource? What values and interests are judges and legislatures advancing as they constru... More
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Water Law & Policy In The 21st Century (LAW 397S; LAW 279M )

This course is centered on current issues involving the allocation, use, and conservation of water. These will be viewed through the lens of the principles and the legal and policy-based responses that are beginning to c... More
Research & Initiatives

Water Management Tools for the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo Basin

Since 2001, researchers from the Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) at The University of Texas at Austin have been engaged in a program of developing water management tools for use in the Rio Grande - Rio ... More
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Water Pollution Chemistry (CE 390N )

Advanced topics in the application of engineering solutions to chemical problems in freshwater and marine environments. More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Water Quality Management Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Current research within the Water Quality Management major area of emphasis, within the EWRE program, focuses on the processes and engineering systems that control the quality, transport, and fate of surface and subsurfa... More
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Water Quality Modeling (CE 385K.3)

Analysis of water quality in natural systems and of effects of wastewater discharges. Mathematical modeling of water quality, including dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and toxic substances in lakes, reservoirs, and estuarie... More
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Water Quality Performance of Permeable Friction Course on Curbed Sections

The permeable friction course (PFC) has been demonstrated in TxDOT Project 0-5220 to provide a substantial improvement in the quality of highway runoff. This reduction in pollutant concentrations is sufficient to meet th... More
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Water Quality: Stream, Impoundment, and Estuarine Analysis I (CE 385K.1)

Analysis of water quality in natural systems and of effects of wastewater discharges. Basic physical, chemical, and biological properties of streams, impoundments, estuaries, and coastal waters; methods for analysis of ... More
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Water Quality: Stream, Impoundment, and Estuarine Analysis II (CE 385K.2)

Analysis of water quality in natural systems and of effects of wastewater discharges. Application of methods of analysis to development of a water quality management plan for a water body in Texas. Additional prerequisi... More
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Water Resource Allocation Tools - Aral Sea Basin of Central Asia

Since 1994, researchers from the Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) at The University of Texas at Austin have been engaged in a program of developing water resource allocation tools (optimization-based ) for ... More
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Water Resources Development and Policies (CE 397)

Analysis of water resources projects, particularly international water projects, with emphasis on engineering planning considerations and their relation to governmental policies. More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Water Resources Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Current research within the Water Resources major area of emphasis, within the EWRE program, encompasses surface and ground water hydrology and water resources planning and management. Applications include hydrologic mod... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Water Resources Engineering Technical Area Option -- Civil Engineering (BS)

Water Resources Engineering is a Technical Area option within the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science degree. Water resource engineers deal with the engineering aspects of hydrology an... More
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Water Resources Planning (CRP 387C)

Throughout the nation, as well as around the world, watershed management practices and the provision of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure are major determinants of growth. More
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Water Resources Planning and Mangement (CE 385D )

Application of engineering economics, microeconomic theory, and operations research to the planning and management of water systems; major topics include flood control, hydroelectric power, water supply, multiobjective p... More
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Water Supply and Waste Disposal in Developing Countries (CE 397)

Unique considerations in engineering of water supply and waste disposal in undeveloped, rural areas. Public health issues and their impact on engineering. More
Research & Initiatives

Water Sustainability in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India

Water and nutrient availability for crop production are often critical issues in (semi)arid regions; however, information on these issues is limited. The purpose of this study was to assess the use of unsaturated zone ch... More
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Water Treatment And Wastewater Treatment Plant Design (CE 386M )

Design of water and wastewater treatment facilities; pumps and hydraulic considerations; design of wasterwater collection systems; design of systems for handling and disposal of residuals. Specific facilities may be sele... More
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Watershed Systems and Environmental Management (GRG 384C)

This graduate seminar examines the management of large lowland fluvial systems to environmental change. Large lowland fluvial systems are deceptively complex physical settings, constantly adjusting to various types of na... More
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Weather and Climate (GRG 301K)

Our study of weather and climate is intended for Geography majors and all others interested in a broad brush examination of the atmospheric and climatic sciences. This study will be introductory in nature with only a ver... More
Faculty & Staff

Weaver, Catherine

Dr. Weaver's research focuses on the organizational culture, behavior and reform of international financial institutions, foremost the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. She also teaches on international dev... More
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Webber, Michael

Michael Webber's research interests include energy systems analysis, renewable and alternative energy, energy policy, the nexus of energy, food and water, algae biofuels, and energy in Texas. Michael is one of the origin... More
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Welch Renewable Energy Initiative

The Welch Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) within the Center for Electrochemistry began in September 2008 with major funding from the Robert A. Welch Foundation. The REI mission is to catalyze discovery and advances in ... More
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Well-to-Wheel Analysis of Innovative Biofuels

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Wheeler, Mary

Dr. Wheeler has been on the faculty since 1995. She is the Director of the Center for Subsurface Modeling. She has published over 200 technical reports and refereed journal publications, made over 400 oral presentations ... More
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Whitsett, Dason

Dason Whitsett is a Principal of Pollen Architecture in Austin and serves as Ajunct Lecturer in the Graduate Program in Sustainable Design. His teaching and research center on solar geometry, the thermal modeling and tec... More
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Who Cares about the Weather?: Climate Change and U.S. National Security

Is climate change a national security threat to the United States? This question remains a subject of debate in academia and has received renewed emphasis in the policy community. Even taking a narrow definition of natio... More
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Wilderness in American Culture-W (AMS 311S)

From clear-cutting in old growth forests to backcountry camping in isolated mountain ranges, Americans have imagined and interacted with "wilderness" in multiple ways: as a howling desert, a source of lumber and valuable... More
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Wildlife Conservation: The Evolution of Environmental Policy (PA 388K)

The course will explore the recent ways by which nations have engaged the natural world through the conservation of threatened and endangered wild animals and their habitats. The study of conservation policy gives us ins... More
Faculty & Staff

Wilson, Barbara

Wilson oversees the research, educational and community outreach programs at the CSD. Her background in grant writing and sustainable community development inform her work facilitating the many projects underway at the C... More
Faculty & Staff

Wilson, Kristopher

Dr. Wilson's scholarly research analyzes press coverage of climate change, factors that influence global warming reporting, and public (mis)understanding of mediated science. His peer-reviewed work has been published in ... More
Faculty & Staff

Wilson, Patricia

Dr. Wilson is interested in civic engagement and dialogue; community development; and sustainable social development. She teaches international development, public participation, and conflict resolution skills. Her resea... More
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Wilson, Robert H.

Robert H. Wilson is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research and Mike Hogg Professor of Urban Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin. He is Director of the Sch... More
Courses

Wind Energy (LAW 379M)

"Wind Energy will cover federal and state governmental incentives for wind- generated electricity; regulations dealing with the location of wind farms; acquisition and content of wind leases; issues, such as claims of nu... More
Courses

Wind Energy & Other Renewables (LAW 397S)

The seminar will focus primarily on the legal issues surrounding commercial wind energy development, including siting, regulatory, electric transmission, and environmental issues. At least one session will be devoted to ... More
Research & Initiatives

Wind Energy and Electricity Markets

Many jurisdictions are greatly increasing the amount of wind production, with the expectation that increasing renewables will reduce greenhouse emissions.  This paper discusses the interaction of increasing wind, transm... More
Courses

Wind Law (LAW 279M)

"Wind Law will cover federal and state governmental incentives for wind- generated electricity; regulations dealing with the location of wind farms; acquisition and content of wind leases; issues, such as claims of nuisa... More
Faculty & Staff

Xie, Chi

Dr. Chi Xie's research interest is focused on transportation and logistics systems analysis, including transportation network routing, scheduling and planning, transportation emergency and risk management, transportation... More
Faculty & Staff

Xu, Ying

Emissions of SVOCs from polymeric materials and their interaction with airborne particles and interior surfaces More
Faculty & Staff

Yang, Changbing

Dr. Yang's research interests include numerical modeling of multiphase flow and contaminant transport in both the unsaturated and saturated zones; geochemical modeling and reactive transport; inverse modeling of non-isot... More
Faculty & Staff

Yang, Zong-Liang

Dr. Yang teaches undergraduate courses in climate change and graduate courses in global physical climatology and hydroclimatology. He has also taught introductory geological courses (Earth, Wind & Fire and Living with a ... More
Faculty & Staff

Yetkin, Yildirim

Dr. Yildirim is the director of the Texas Pavement Preservation Center. He received his Masters (1998), and Ph.D. (2000) in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his studies at UT, Dr. Yild... More
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Young, Duncan

Dr. Young's research interests include radar sounding of ice sheets and icy bodies, basal properties of ice sheets, and the influence of geology on ice sheet structure. More
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Young, Kenneth

Biogeography; Landscape Ecology; Climate Change; Sustainability; Linking biogeography and conservation at local to landscape to global scales, with emphasis in developing countries, tropical ecosystems, Latin America, bi... More
Faculty & Staff

Young, Robert

Dr. Robert F. Young works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the fields of urban planning, sustainable economic development, and urban ecology. His research centers on the planning, govern... More
Faculty & Staff

Yu, Edward

Professor Yu directs a research laboratory concerned generally with the characterization, understanding, and application of physical phenomena and of solid-state material and device properties at nanometer to atomic leng... More
Faculty & Staff

Zarnikau, Jay

Jay Zarnikau provides consulting assistance to clients in the energy industry on issues related to energy conservation, the restructuring of electricity markets, energy pricing, and resource planning. His consulting work... More
Faculty & Staff

Zhang, Ming

Urban transportation planning; urban form and travel behavior; GIS applications in planning; international planning More