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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
Faculty & Staff

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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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
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
Faculty & Staff

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
Faculty & Staff

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
Faculty & Staff

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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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
Centers & Institutes

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
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
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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
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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
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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 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 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
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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
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Coastal Studies Research

Coastal scientists at the Bureau of Economic Geology conduct research in Texas and around the world. The Bureau gained international recognition in the 1970's by using depositional systems concepts to map depositional en... More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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

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
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
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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
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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
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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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Energy and Environment Resource Studies

The Bureau of Economic Geology has long been a leader in oil and gas resource studies. We are applying these proven research tools to the development of new hydrologic and geomorphic studies that provide a framework for ... More
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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
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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 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
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: 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
Faculty & Staff

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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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
Faculty & Staff

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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Geoclimatology (GEO 371)

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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
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
Courses

Global Warming (GEO 347D; GEO 371C)

Discussion of the fundamental sciences of global warming, including an active investigation of contemporary climate change issues. 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
Faculty & Staff

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
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
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

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

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
Courses

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
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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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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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
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
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
Faculty & Staff

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
Faculty & Staff

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
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

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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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
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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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
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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
Faculty & Staff

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
Faculty & Staff

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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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
Faculty & Staff

Oden, Michael

Economic Development Planning; Regional Theory; Applied Planning Methods; Housing Policy More
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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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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
Faculty & Staff

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
Faculty & Staff

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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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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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
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
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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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
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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
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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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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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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 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-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
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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 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 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 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
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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 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
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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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Zhang, Ming

Urban transportation planning; urban form and travel behavior; GIS applications in planning; international planning More