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"Land Management"

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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
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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 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
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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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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
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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
Faculty & Staff

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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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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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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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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Biodiversity Conservation (GRG 392M)

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Biological Systems in Sustainable Design (BIO 386)

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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
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

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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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
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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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
Centers & Institutes

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
Centers & Institutes

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
Centers & Institutes

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 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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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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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 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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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
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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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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, 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
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

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
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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
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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
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

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
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
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
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
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, 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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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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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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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
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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 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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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 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 in the Western Amazon

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Environmental Dispute Resolution (CRP 381)

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Philosophy (PHL 388)

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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 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 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
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
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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
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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Feast or Famine? Food Supplies in a Crowded World (GRG 326K )

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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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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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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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Frio Brine: Field Experiment for CO2 Sequestration

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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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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 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 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
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
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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 Modeling (GEO 391)

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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

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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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
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

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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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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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 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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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 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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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
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

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
Faculty & Staff

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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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
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
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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 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
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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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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
Faculty & Staff

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
Faculty & Staff

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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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
Faculty & Staff

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
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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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
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
Research & Initiatives

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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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 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
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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
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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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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 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 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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Degree Plans & Curricula

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

Near Surface Observatory

Bureau researchers apply modern geophysical, geologic, and remote-sensing methods to address problems in the surface and near-surface environment. Surface, airborne, and borehole tools scale from regional to local studie... More
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Near Surface Observatory

The Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) in the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT-Austin has purchased a new airborne instrument system that includes topographic lidar, bathymetric lidar, color/infrared imaging, and hypers... More
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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
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Nuclear Health Physics (ME 389D)

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Faculty & Staff

O'Toole, Matthew

•M.L.A., 2010, Texas A&M University •M.S. in Range & Wildlife Management, 2005, Sul Ross State University •B.A. in Geography, 1999, University of Texas at Austin •Related expertise includes project management, fa... More
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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
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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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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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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

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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Policy and Law (EER 396)

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Degree Plans & Curricula

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 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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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
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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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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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Proseminar in Environmental Geography (GRG 372K)

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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
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Rainforest Conservation (BIO 337; C 357)

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Faculty & Staff

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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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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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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Research and Communication Seminar (EVS 311)

EVS 141 engages in discussions of student career development and opportunities in environmental science and sustainability. More
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Research in Geoclimatology (GEO 394)

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Research in Groundwater Recharge (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
Research & Initiatives

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
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

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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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
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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
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
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

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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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
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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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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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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
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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
Research & Initiatives

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
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
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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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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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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Taxation of Natural Resources (LAW 374N)

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Faculty & Staff

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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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
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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 City: Into to Urban (GRG 315)

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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
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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 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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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
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Topics in Environmental Geography (GRG 356)

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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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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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Trevino, Ramon

Ramon Trevino's research interests include carbon storage and sequestration; and sequence stratigraphic interpretation and reservoir characterization. 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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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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Vegetation Ecology (GRG 367K)

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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
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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
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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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
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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
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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
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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

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
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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