College of Natural Sciences Experts


Chandrajit L Bajaj

Chandrajit L Bajaj

Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, College of Natural Sciences
bajaj@cs.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 8870, +1 512 471 5133

Expertise: Image Processing, Computer Graphics, Geometric Modeling, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Data Analysis & Visualization

Jay L Banner

Jay L Banner

Professor and Chevron Centennial Teaching Fellow, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
banner@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5016, +1 512 471 6854

Expertise: Isotopic methods, groundwater, oceans, ancient oceans, climate change, aquifers, caves, environmental science, geochemistry, paleoclimatology

Allen J Bard

Allen J Bard

Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
ajbard@mail.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 3761

Expertise: Using electrochemistry to elucidate the behavior and properties of novel organic and inorganic species; interaction of light and electrochemical systems; utilization of light in photoelectrochemical cells with semiconductor electrodes or particles for the generation of electricity and chemicals.

Frank N Bash

Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences
fnbash@gmail.com
+1 512 471 3733

Expertise: Telescopes; star formation; spiral galaxies

George F Benedict

George F Benedict

Senior Lecturer, McDonald Observatory, College of Natural Sciences
fritz@astro.as.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 3448, +1 512 471 1459

Expertise: Astrometry; space astronomy; Hubble Space Telescope; the search for and study of extrasolar planets and low-mass companions of stars; extraterrestrial life; star formation in external galaxies

Robert S Boyer

Robert S Boyer

Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science, College of Natural Sciences
robertstephenboyer@gmail.com
+1 512 471 9745

Expertise: Automated reasoning; formal methods; artificial intelligence

Richard M Brown

Richard M Brown

Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences
rmbrown@mail.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 3364

Expertise: Cellulose is the most abundant macromolecule on earth, yet details about its biosynthesis and structure remain unclear. We are using broad, interdisciplinary advances and tools to study cellulose and its biosynthesis.

James C Browne

Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science, College of Natural Sciences
browne@cs.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 9579

Expertise: Parallel programming; high level specification languages; parallel adaptive computation; composite methods; associative communications

Edward J Buskey

Edward J Buskey

Professor, Department of Marine Science, College of Natural Sciences
ed.buskey@utexas.edu
+1 361 749 3102, +1 361 749 3104

Expertise: Biological oceanography; marine ecology; marine plankton; harmful algal blooms (red tides brown tides); behavior and sensory perception of marine organisms; bioluminescence

James R Chelikowsky

James R Chelikowsky

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
jrc@utexas.edu
+1 512 232 9083

Expertise: Quantum models for functionalized nanostructures; simulations of liquids and crystal growth; simulated images from probe microscopies; defects in oxides; materials informatics; high performance algorithms for the electronic structure problem.

Charles B Chiu

Professor, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
chiu@physics.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1707, +1 512 471 1153

Expertise: Particle theory; laser-plasma physics;physics education, environment & earth science

Karen H Clary

Senior Program Coordinator, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, College of Natural Sciences
kclary@wildflower.org
+1 512 232 0160

Expertise: Native plant conservation, including rare and endangered plants, invasive species management, botany

Anita L Cochran

Anita L Cochran

Assistant Director, McDonald Observatory, College of Natural Sciences
anita@astro.as.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1471

Expertise: Astronomy, our solar system (particularly comets, asteroids and Kuiper Belt objects); origins of planetary systems; optical spectroscopy; McDonald Observatory

Sarah M Collins

Lecturer, Department of Statistics & Data Science, , College of Natural Sciences
smcollins@utexas.edu

Alex L De Lozanne

Alex L De Lozanne

Professor, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
delozanne@physics.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 6108, +1 512 471 5544

Expertise: Superconductivity; nanostructures; scanning probe microscopy

Andrea Delong-Amaya

Senior Program Coordinator, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, College of Natural Sciences
adelongamaya@wildflower.org
+1 512 232 0114

Expertise: Native plants; horticulture; garden design

Leszek F Demkowicz

Leszek F Demkowicz

Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Cockrell School of Engineering
leszek@ices.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4199

Expertise: Computational Acoustics and Electromagnetics; hp-Adaptive Finite and Boundary Element Methods; Applied Functional Analysis

Jaquelin P Dudley

Jaquelin P Dudley

Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences
jdudley@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 8415, +1 512 471 5101

Expertise: Animal viruses; retroviruses; breast cancer; oncogenes; transcription regulation; retroviral vectors; leukemia; communication

Robert A Dull

Robert A Dull

Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Science Institute, College of Natural Sciences
robdull@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 585 1584

Expertise: Paleoecology; environmental impacts of land use change; climate change; deforestation; fire history; natural hazards; geoarchaeology; Central America; the Holocene Epoch; the Anthropocene Epoch; global warming

Kenneth H Dunton

Kenneth H Dunton

Professor, Department of Marine Science, College of Natural Sciences
ken.dunton@utexas.edu
+1 361 749 6744, +1 361 749 6728

Expertise: climate change, global warming, food webs, marine ecology, ecosystem dynamics

David J Eaton

David J Eaton

Professor, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
eaton@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 8972, +1 512 471 8959

Expertise: Eaton has written on rural water supply, international water resource conflicts, energy management, environmental problems of industries, management of emergency medical services, applications of mathematical programming to resource problems, insurance, and agriculture. His research focuses on sustainable development in international river basins, evaluation of energy and water conservation programs, and prevention of pollution. Eaton's current research concerns U.S.-Mexico environmental cooperation, new methods for evaluation of air pollution emissions, joint management by Palestinians and Israelis of shared groundwater, and water conservation in Texas.

Victor L Eijkhout

Victor L Eijkhout

Research Scientist, Texas Advanced Computing Center
eijkhout@tacc.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5809

Expertise: Numerical Linear Algebra; Parallel processing; Performance optimization; Machine learning; Component software

Andrew  Ellington

Andrew Ellington

Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences
ellingtonlab@gmail.com
+1 512 232 3424, +1 512 471 6445

Expertise: Directed evolution; ribozymes; biotechnology; chemical and biological warfare detection

Neal J Evans

Neal J Evans

Professor, Department of Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences
nje@astro.as.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4396

Expertise: Star formation; interstellar medium; radio astronomy; infrared astronomy; extraterrestrial life; NASA Spitzer Space Telescope

Hugh S Forrest

Professor Emeritus, Department of Neuroscience, College of Natural Sciences
forrest@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1639

Expertise: Biochemical genetics; molecular biology; human physiology

Jeanne H Freeland

Jeanne H Freeland

Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Natural Sciences
jfg@mail.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0657, +1 512 471 0974

Expertise: Nutrition; obesity; minerals; food; manganese

Lee A Fuiman

Lee A Fuiman

Professor, Department of Marine Science, College of Natural Sciences
lee.fuiman@mail.utexas.edu
361-749-6775

Expertise: Fish biology; sensory ecology; developmental ecology; behavioral ecology of aquatic organisms.

Karl  Gebhardt

Karl Gebhardt

Professor, Department of Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences
gebhardt@astro.as.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1473

Expertise: Astronomy, black holes, globular clusters, elliptical galaxies, galaxy clusters, dark energy, HETDEX, Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment

Kenneth W Gentle

Kenneth W Gentle

Professor, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
k.gentle@mail.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 7581

Expertise: Plasma physics; fusion energy; environment & earth science.

George  Georgiou

George Georgiou

Professor and Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering No. 9, Department of Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences
gg@che.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 6975

Expertise: Antibody engineering; Enzyme engineering; Protein folding in vivo

Lawrence E Gilbert

Lawrence E Gilbert

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
lgilbert@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4705, +1 512 471 2825

Expertise: Community ecology; wing pattern genetics; biological diversity; imported fire ants/phorid fly interactions; butterfly/plant interactions

Robin  Gutell

Robin Gutell

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
rgutell@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 4814

Expertise: Computational Biology, Comparative Analysis of RNA, RNA Structure, Predicting RNA Structure

R A Harris

R A Harris

Professor, Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research, College of Natural Sciences
harris@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 2514, +1 512 232 2520

Expertise: Alcoholism and addiction; neurobiology; behavioral genetics

Christine V Hawkes

Christine V Hawkes

Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
chawkes@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 475 6479, +1 512 471 6164

Expertise: Ecosystem responses to climate change, invasive species, plant community ecology, soil microbial ecology

Richard D Hazeltine

Richard D Hazeltine

Professor, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
rdh@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1152, +1 512 471 4307

Expertise: Theoretical plasma physics; fusion; transport theory.

David M Hillis

David M Hillis

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
dhillis@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5792, +1 512 471 5661

Expertise: Molecular evolution; vertebrates; systematics; evolution of viruses; endangered species; amphibians; reptiles; fishes; mammals; birds; molecular biology; DNA; genetics

Aletha C Huston

Aletha C Huston

Professor Emeritus, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, College of Natural Sciences
achuston@utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0753

Expertise: Child Development; poverty and child policy; child care; television influences on children

Brent L Iverson

Brent L Iverson

Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies
iversonb@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 475 7000

Expertise: Biotechnology; bioorganic chemistry; organic chemistry; molecular biology; drug and diagnostic development

Bob K Jansen

Bob K Jansen

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
jansen@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 8827

Expertise: Molecular systematics and evolution; evolution and systematics of the asteraceae; chloroplast DNA evolution; origin and evolution of oceanic island floras; role of hybridization on the extinction of rare species

Shardha  Jogee

Shardha Jogee

Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences
sj@astro.as.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1395

Expertise: Astronomy, galaxy evolution, Hubble Space Telescope, galaxy surveys (GEMS, GOODS, Hubble Ultra Deep Field, STAGES), ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub-millimeter Array)

Daniel  Johnston

Daniel Johnston

Professor, Department of Neuroscience, College of Natural Sciences
djohnston@mail.clm.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 6564

Expertise: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory, attention on neurons and synapses from the limbic system, properties and mechanisms of long-term synaptic potentiation (LTP) and depression (LTD), synaptic substrates for aspects of memory.

Karrol A Kitt

Karrol A Kitt

Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, College of Natural Sciences
kkitt@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0809

Expertise: Personal Finance (Insurance, cash management, spending plans, financial spreadsheets, credit, financial behavior); Family Resource Management (values, standards, & goals; mananging change; decision making; organization; work at home & at the workplace)

Leonard Kleinman

Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
leonardkleinman@yahoo.com
+1 512 471 3215, +1 512 471 1153

Expertise: Condensed matter physics theory; density functional theory; electronic and magnetic structure calculations of solids surfaces and liquids

John  Kormendy

John Kormendy

Professor, Department of Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences
kormendy@astro.as.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 3492

Expertise: Astronomy, black holes, elliptical galaxies, galactic bulges, dark matter, Andromeda Galaxy

Simon S Lam

Simon S Lam

Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Natural Sciences
lam@cs.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 9531

Expertise: Computer networks; internet security; distributed multimedia; quality of service guarantees; performance analysis

John E Luecke

Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Natural Sciences
luecke@math.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4176

Expertise: topology; knot theory

Arumugam  Manthiram

Arumugam Manthiram

Professor and Joe C. Walter, Jr. Chair in Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
manth@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1791, +1 512 471 7394

Expertise: Clean energy materials; Electrochemical energy conversion and storage; Lithium ion batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, and solar cells; Nanomaterials

Michael P Marder

Michael P Marder

Professor, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
marder@chaos.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 3612

Expertise: Fracture; deformation of materials; computational materials science; condensed matter physics; nonlinear dynamics; teacher preparation; discovery learning; Uteach.

Richard A Matzner

Professor, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
matzner2@physics.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5062

Expertise: Cosmology; general relativity; computational astrophysics; satellite dynamics; large-scale computation

James W McClelland

James W McClelland

Associate Professor, Department of Marine Science, College of Natural Sciences
jimm@utexas.edu
+1 361 749 6756

Expertise: Climate change; global warming; ocean chemistry; Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans; ecosystem dynamics.

Lauren A Meyers

Lauren A Meyers

Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
laurenmeyers@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4950

Expertise: infectious disease epidemiology, evolutionary dynamics, molecular evolution, viruses, bacteria, RNA, mathematical modeling, computer simulation, bioinformatics

Jennifer  Moon

Jennifer Moon

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
jen.moon@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 4011

Expertise: Mechanics and design of materials, processing, structures and systems; Polymer composites and nanocomposites; Nano- and bio-mechanics: modeling, experimental characterization; Electronics packaging and interconnects; Biophysics, nano- and microscale biomimetic materials and processes;

Charles B Mullins

Charles B Mullins

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
mullins@che.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5817

Expertise: Materials chemistry for energy studies regarding solar photoelectrocatalysis; catalysis of nano-structured surfaces; materials for lithium-ion battery electrodes.

J T Oden

J T Oden

Professor and Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering No. 2, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Cockrell School of Engineering
oden@ices.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 3312

Expertise: Finite element and computational methods and computational methods that can be applied to multiple physical phenomena and applications including energy, via subsurface fluid flow of oil, gas, and CO2 storage.

Raymond L Orbach

Raymond L Orbach

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
orbach@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0204

Expertise: Complex systems/non-linear dynamics; Transport in random media;

Karen L Ostlund

Karen L Ostlund

Lecturer, UTeach-Natural Sciences, College of Natural Sciences
ostlund@uteach.utexas.edu

Expertise: Science education; teacher training; apprentice teaching

Yale N Patt

Yale N Patt

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
patt@ece.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4085

Expertise: Microprocessor architecture in the many core era; Parallelism and superscalar processor design; Seriously heterogeneous chip multiprocessors; How to help students learn

Shelley M Payne

Shelley M Payne

Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences
smpayne@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 9258, +1 512 232 9288

Expertise: Infectious diseases; bacterial pathogens; emerging infections; iron metabolism; cholera and E. coli diseases

Danielle D Pieranunzi

Director, Sustainable Sites Initiative, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, College of Natural Sciences
dpieranunzi@wildflower.org
+1 512 232 0124

Expertise: Sustainable approaches to developing and maintaining landscapes, the Sustainable Sites Initiative, sustainable building design and construction,sustainability programs, landscape and building certification systems and performance benchmarks

George D Pollak

George D Pollak

Professor, Department of Neuroscience, College of Natural Sciences
gpollak@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4352, +1 512 471 4849

Expertise: Neurophysiology and how brain controls behavior

Joanne M Ravel

Professor Emeritus and Asbel Smith Professor Emeritis, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
jravel@austin.rr.com
+1 512 471 3973, +1 512 471 4562

Expertise: Biochemistry; protein biosynthesis

Susan K Rieff

Executive Director, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, College of Natural Sciences
srieff@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 0136

Expertise: Environmental policy; sustainable natural resources policy and management; public lands and land conservation

Peter J Riley

Professor, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
riley@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 3285

Expertise: Medium and high-energy nuclear physics

David J Saltman

Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Natural Sciences
saltman@math.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0144

Expertise: Division algebras and Brauer groups; rationality of Invariant fields; Galois Theory and the theory of algebraic fields; more generally algebra and algebraic geometry

Sahotra  Sarkar

Sahotra Sarkar

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts
sarkar@mail.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 3800, +1 512 232 7122

Expertise: Philosopy of science; history of science; mathematical genetics; conservation biology; environmental ethics; Arts & Humanities; communication.

Jonathan L Sessler

Jonathan L Sessler

Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
sessler@cm.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5009, +1 512 471 6674

Expertise: Organic chemistry; texaphyrins; expanded porphyrins; anion recognition; drug development; anti cancer agents; technical analyses of patents

Beryl B Simpson

Beryl B Simpson

Professor, Plant Resources Center, College of Natural Sciences
beryl@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 7335

Expertise: Systematics of angiosperms; plant-pollinator interactions; ethnobotany

Christopher A Sneden

Christopher A Sneden

Professor, Department of Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences
chris@verdi.as.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1349, +1 512 471 3000

Expertise: Astronomy, spectroscopy of stars; chemical compositions of stars; evolution of the Milky Way galaxy; the life cycles of stars

Peter H Stone

Peter H Stone

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Natural Sciences
pstone@cs.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 9796

Expertise: Artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems, machine learning, multi-agent learning, robotics, e-commerce, trading agents, autonomic computing

Paul J Szaniszlo

Paul J Szaniszlo

Professor Emeritus, Department of Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences
pjszaniszlo@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 3384

Expertise: Fungal Biology; medical mycology; molecular fungal cell; molecular biology

Edward C Theriot

Edward C Theriot

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
etheriot@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 2379, +1 512 471 4997

Expertise: Algae; aquatic biology; paleontology; freshwater ecology; evolution; diatoms; Texas Natural Science Center

Peter  Thomas

Peter Thomas

Professor, Department of Marine Science, College of Natural Sciences
peter.thomas@utexas.edu
+1 361 749 6768, +1 361 749 6711

Expertise: Reproductive endocrinology; endocrine-disrupting chemicals; environmental toxicology; steroid hormone action; reproduction/population risks

Philip U Treisman

Philip U Treisman

Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Natural Sciences
uri@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 2271, +1 512 471 6190

Expertise: Education Policy; mathematics education; economics of education; educational equity; education program design and evaluation volunteerism

James R Walker

Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences
jrw@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1692, +1 512 471 0931

Expertise: Molecular genetics; DNA & chromosome replication; biotechnology; prokaryotic gene expression; rare tRNAs; bacteriology

John C Wheeler

John C Wheeler

Professor, Department of Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences
wheel@astro.as.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 6407

Expertise: Astronomy; Stars and stellar evolution; supernovae; compact stars, neutron stars and black holes; accretion disks; nucleosynthesis; gamma-ray bursts, astrobiology

Mary F Wheeler

Mary F Wheeler

Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Cockrell School of Engineering
mfw@ices.utexas.edu
+1 512 475 8625

Expertise: Numerical solution of partial differential systems with applications to the modeling of subsurface and surface flows and parallel computation.

Andrew B Whinston

Andrew B Whinston

Professor, Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management, McCombs School of Business
abw@uts.cc.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 8879, +1 512 471 7962

Expertise: Resource allocation issues; bundle markets in electronic commerce; digital economy; electronic commerce; electronic financial markets; network management, business.

Carlton G Willson

Carlton G Willson

Professor and Rashid Engineering Regents Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
willson@che.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4342

Expertise: Polymers, materials, and processes for microelectronics; Photoresists; Liquid crystals; Computer simulation; Mass transport studies; Kinetics; Graft polymerization; Biosensor arrays; Novel processes for producing nanometer scale structures

Harold H Zakon

Harold H Zakon

Professor, Department of Neuroscience, College of Natural Sciences
h.zakon@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0194, +1 512 471 3440

Expertise: Neurobiology; neuroendocrinology; electric fish; ion channels; hormones and the brain

Jianshi  Zhou

Jianshi Zhou

Research Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
jszhou@mail.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4773, +1 512 471 3588

Expertise: Design and synthesis of new electronic materials including superconductors, spintronic/orbitronic materials, thermoelectric materials, multiferroic materials and magnetoresistive materials; crystal growth, high-pressure synthesis, and physical properties under high pressure