Affiliated Faculty & Researchers

Affiliated faculty and researchers benefit from the ESI-network of university, public, and private sector experts with expansive and various opportunities to collaborate on exploring and understanding environmental issues. The network spans across The University of Texas’ schools and colleges and includes members from the broader scientific and stakeholder communities. For more information about how to become an affiliated faculty member, please contact ESI at esi@esi.utexas.edu.

David E Adelman

David E Adelman

Professor and Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law, School of Law
+1 512 232 0877, dadelman@law.utexas.edu

David E. Adelman teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, intellectual property law, and climate change policy. Professor Adelman’s research focuses on the many interfaces between law and science. His articles have addressed such topics as the implications of emerging genomic technologies for toxics regulation, the tensions between legal and scientific evidentiary standards in regulatory decision making, and development of effective policies for promoting innovation relevant to addressing climate change.

David T Allen

David T Allen

Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering
+1 512 471 0049, +1 512 475 7842, allen@che.utexas.edu

Atmospheric chemistry; Urban air quality and pollution prevention; Environmental and industrial reaction engineering

Hal S Alper

Hal S Alper

Professor, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering
+1 512 471 4417, halper@che.utexas.edu

Our group focuses on engineering biology to produce organic molecules of interest such as biofuels, commodity and specialty chemicals and protein pharmaceuticals.  Specifically, our lab alters cells and “hijacks” the basic metabolism to convert cellular systems into industrially-relevant biochemical factories.  We utilize a variety of host systems including microbial (eg. Eschericia coli), fungal (eg. the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Yarrowia lipolytica), and mammalian cells (eg. Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells and human HEK293).  To accomplish these tasks, traditional pathway engineering approaches are merged with novel synthetic biology tools, protein engineering strategies, systems biology paradigms and applied genetic engineering capabilities.  Our research group focuses on the integration and implementation of these tools and knowledge for the design, production, and elicitation of phenotypes relevant to biotechnological processes and medical interest.  In addition, we are heavily invested in developing novel synthetic biology approaches aimed at increasing our capacity to engineer cells.

Eric V Anslyn

Eric V Anslyn

Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 0068, anslyn@austin.utexas.edu

Developing chemical sensors for real-world applications such as detecting counterfeit wine, spirits and olive oil

Eugenio Y Arima

Eugenio Y Arima

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 471 0714, arima@austin.utexas.edu

Eugenio Arima's research lies in the intersection of land change science, spatial analysis, and landscape ecology. Broadly, he is a human-environmental geographer interested in understanding the motivations that drive humans to act upon and transform tropical landscapes and how that manifests spatially in terms of patterns. This link between human agency and landscape pattern is based on conceptual and theoretical approaches derived from behavioral theory and political economy. Arima's work typically employs mixed-methods such as interview-based fieldwork, computer simulation, econometrics and spatial statistics, geographic information systems, and remote sensing.

James A Austin

James A Austin

Research Professor, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 0450, jamie@ig.utexas.edu

Stratigraphic evolution of a wide range of marine and lacustrine environments around the world

Jay L Banner

Jay L Banner

Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 5016, +1 512 471 6854, banner@jsg.utexas.edu

Isotopic methods, sustainability, groundwater, oceans, ancient oceans, climate change, aquifers, caves, environmental science, geochemistry, paleoclimatology, urbanization, environmental justice, community-engaged research

James P Barufaldi

James P Barufaldi

Professor Emeritus, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
, jamesb@utexas.edu

Curriculum design, teacher education, science education

Timothy  Beach

Timothy Beach

Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
, beacht@austin.utexas.edu

Geoarchaeology, Soil Geomorphology, and Paleoenvironments of the Maya World and Mediterranean

Sheryl L Beach

Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 1583, slbeach@austin.utexas.edu

Christopher J Bell

Christopher J Bell

Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 7301, cjbell@jsg.utexas.edu

Vertebrate paleontology and evolutionary morphology, North American Pliocene and Pleistocene small mammal biostratigraphy and biochronology, osteology, anatomy, and systematics of squamate reptiles and turtles, Impacts of climate change on vertebrate communities; history of science

J E Bickel

J E Bickel

Professor, Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering
+1 512 232 8316, ebickel@utexas.edu

Decision making under uncertainty; value of information; economics; business strategy; energy and climate policy

Donald D Blankenship

Donald D Blankenship

Research Professor, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 0489, +1 512 471 6156, blank@ig.utexas.edu

Antarctic ice sheets, robotic space missions to Europa, airborne and ground-based geophysical techniques (including laser altimetry, radar sounding, seismic reflection and refraction), West Antarctic rift system, West Antarctic Ice Sheet, climate change, global warming, remote sensing, Thwaites glacier, East Antarctica, Europa Clipper

Daniel O Breecker

Daniel O Breecker

Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
, breecker@jsg.utexas.edu

The Breecker Group studies biogeochemical processes occurring at or near the land surface. We study soils and paleosols, caves and stalagmites, and other materials, such as volcanic glass, that give us insight into ancient Earth. We study timescales ranging from seasonal cycles to hundreds of millions of years. We use observations, mathematical models and both laboratory and field-based experiments to address an evolving range of questions. To learn more about the research we are doing, please see our research group website.

Jennifer S Brodbelt

Jennifer S Brodbelt

Department Chair, Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 0028, +1 512 471 0041, jbrodbelt@cm.utexas.edu

development and application of mass spectrometry for identifying biomarkers related to cancer, heart disease, metabolic disorders and more

Edward J Buskey

Edward J Buskey

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

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

John C Butler

John C Butler

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Finance, Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 232 6821, butlerjc@mccombs.utexas.edu

Dr. Butler's research focuses on the Decision Sciences: decision analysis, operations, information systems, management science and statistics. He serves as Secretary/Treasurer of INFORMS Decision Analysis Society, an organization comprised of over 900 academics and practitioners in the field of decision analysis. For EMIC, Dr. Butler is focused on building energy-specific business curriculum. He teaches MBA-level energy finance classes and supervises student participation in practicums and case competitions.

David  Cannatella

David Cannatella

Department Chair, Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 453 1620, catfish@utexas.edu

My team and I investigate the evolution of amphibians. Some areas of interest are the higher-level phylogeny of amphibians, biodiversity of Neotropical frogs, signal evolution in frog mating calls, behavioral ecology of poison frogs, and relationship of bioinformatics and systematics. I am also the Associate Director for Biodiversity Collections in the Department of Integrative Biology.

M Bayani Cardenas

M Bayani Cardenas

Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 6897, cardenas@jsg.utexas.edu

Hydrology and Hydrogeology

Ginny Catania

Ginny Catania

Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 0403, gcatania@ig.utexas.edu

Ice sheet mass balance, ice dynamics, subglacial hydrology, ice sheet stratigraphy, radar, GPS methods, uncertainty in ice sheet response to climate, satellite observations, remote-sensing observations, outlet glaciers, Greenland, glaciology, Antarctica, sea level, ice-ocean interactions. UT Cryosphere.

Kerry H Cook

Kerry H Cook

Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 232 7931, kc@jsg.utexas.edu

Climate dynamics, atmospheric dynamics, global climate change, paleoclimate, climate and weather of Africa and South America, climate system modeling, climate change in Texas

Richard L Corsi

Richard L Corsi

Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Fariborz Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
, corsi@mail.utexas.edu

Indoor air quality; Sources, fate and control of indoor air pollution; Homogeneous and heterogeneous indoor environmental chemistry; Human exposure to toxins in indoor environments

Kelley A Crews

Kelley A Crews

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 5909, +1 512 415 3701, kelley@utexas.edu

Spatio-temporal Scaling of Landscape Change Dynamics and Dynamism, Resilience and Vulnerability of Socio-Ecological Systems in Developing States, and Ecologies of Global Health

Ian W Dalziel

Ian W Dalziel

Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 0431, +1 512 471 6156, ian@ig.utexas.edu

Tectonics, geodynamics, geography of ancient times, plate reconstructions, structural geology

Clinton N Dawson

Clinton N Dawson

Department Chair, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 475 8627, clint.dawson@austin.utexas.edu

Numerical Solution to Partial Differential Equations; Algorithms for Massively Parallel Scientific Computation; Application to Surface and Subsurface Flow and Transport in Earth Systems

JR De Shazo

JR De Shazo

Dean, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
, dean.jrdeshazo@austin.utexas.edu

Dr. DeShazo is an environmental economist and planner whose research has most recently focused on climate change policy, solar energy policy, water system planning and environmental justice. He advises city, regional and state, federal and international leaders on energy and sustainability policy development.

John N Doggett

John N Doggett

Professor of Instruction, Department of Management, Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 232 7671, +1 512 471 3676, john.doggett@mccombs.utexas.edu

International entrepreneurship, global competition, sustainability, energy

Anthony Dudo

Anthony Dudo

Associate Professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations, Moody College of Communication
, dudo@utexas.edu

Anthony Dudo (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) researches the intersection of science, media, and society. He is particularly interested in scientists’ public engagement activities, media representations of science and environmental issues, and the contributions of informational and entertainment media to public perceptions of science. His recent work has examined factors influencing scientists’ likelihood to engage in public communication, scientists’ goals for public engagement, and the growing community of science communication trainers. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Rita Allen Foundation, Lasker Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Kavli Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Knight Foundation. Dudo was named a Kavli Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and he is the former chair of the Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is the program director for science communication in the UT Center for Media Engagement, a faculty mentor for the UT Science & Technology Communication Lab, and is an affiliate faculty member of UT’s Center for Health Communication and Environmental Science Institute. His research has appeared in numerous journals including Nature Nanotechnology, Communication Research, Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Risk Analysis, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and New Media and Society. His work has also appeared in books including, The Communication Yearbook, Hollywood Chemistry, The Handbook of Nanotechnology in Society, and The Cultivation Differential. He recently co-edited a book in the Moody College’s New Agendas series focused on strategic communication and is currently co-writing a book titled Strategic Science Communication to be published with Johns Hopkins University Press. Dudo is the faculty committee chair of UT’s cross-disciplinary minor in science communication, and regularly teaches courses focused on integrated brand promotion and science communication. In 2016 he was a recipient of the UT-System’s highest teaching honor, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. He previously worked in strategic communications for the Academy of Natural Sciences, a natural history museum and scientific research institution operating in Philadelphia since 1812.

Robert A Duke

Robert A Duke

Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor, Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts
+1 512 471 0972, bobduke@austin.utexas.edu

Human learning and behavior; procedural memory consolidation; skill learning

Kenneth H Dunton

Kenneth H Dunton

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

marine science, Arctic, seagrass, climate change, global warming, food webs, marine ecology, ecosystem dynamics

James S Dyer

James S Dyer

Professor, Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management, Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 471 3322, +1 512 471 5278, j.dyer@mccombs.utexas.edu

His research and teaching interests include risk management, multiple criteria decision making, and capital budgeting. Decision and risk analysis with applications in oil and gas; exploration and production; electric utilities; project managment; environment & earth science.

David J Eaton

David J Eaton

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

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; conservation, energy, pollution, water & wastewater

Thomas F Edgar

Thomas F Edgar

Professor and George T. and Gladys H. Abell Endowed Chair of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
, edgar@che.utexas.edu

Process control; Modeling; Optimization; Energy systems; Combined heat and power; Fault detection; Data analytics; Energy policy; Alternative and renewable energy; Smart Grid

Andrew  Ellington

Andrew Ellington

Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 232 3424, +1 512 471 6445, andy.ellington@austin.utexas.edu

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

Kathy Ellins

Kathy Ellins

2023 9/1-8/31/24 Other University Affiliate, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
, kellins@utexas.edu

Geoscience education; Discipline Based Education Research (DBER); teacher professional development; geoscience curriculum development; undergraduate geoscience teacher preparation; climate literacy; geoscience, art and design engagement

Norma L Fowler

Norma L Fowler

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 1295, +1 512 471 4546, nfowler@austin.utexas.edu

My students and I are currently pursuing a variety of questions in several areas of plant population biology and plant ecology. These areas include (1) the dynamics and regulation of plant populations; (2) competitive and facilitative interactions between plants and their consequences for community structure and for species distributions across their landscape; (3) the effects of herbivory and of fire on plant population dynamics, plant-plant interactions, community structure, and landscape-scale distributions. We address these topics using a variety of plant species (grasses, forbs, woody plants) and communities, including central Texas savannas and woodlands. Field, greenhouse, and garden experiments, descriptive field studies, and theoretical models are among the techniques we have used. A number of our current projects have conservation applications, including the preservation of an endangered annual forb and the management of woodland preserves. Please see our research webpages for more information.

Lee A Fuiman

Lee A Fuiman

Associate Director for Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory, Marine Science Institute, College of Natural Sciences
+1 361 749 6795, lee.fuiman@utexas.edu

Dr. Fuiman's research includes both laboratory and field experiments on the behavioral and sensory capabilities of fish larvae. This approach has led to important insights into the change in vulnerability of larvae to predators during early life. He combines the behavioral approach with detailed studies of changing sensory and locomotor morphology to understand how behavior may be constrained. Dr. Fuiman also studies the effects of environmental variables (e.g., temperature and salinity) on a larva's capabilities. He incorporates field experiments to form ecological interpretations for the laboratory results. His research has now expanded to include assessment of sublethal effects of pollutants and their ecological interpretation.

Lawrence E Gilbert

Lawrence E Gilbert

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

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

Linda L Golden

Professor, Department of Marketing, Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 471 1128, +1 512 663 8506, linda.golden@mccombs.utexas.edu

Laura I Gonzalez

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Biology Instruction Office, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 5368, ligg@austin.utexas.edu

Rasika M Harshey

Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 6881, rasika@austin.utexas.edu

Dean  Hendrickson

Dean Hendrickson

Curator, Ichthyology, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 9774, deanhend@austin.utexas.edu

Hendrickson focuses on the ecology and evolutionary history of fishes, primarily in the arid southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

David M Hillis

David M Hillis

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

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

Ben R Hodges

Ben R Hodges

Professor, Fariborz Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
+1 512 471 1807, +1 512 471 4730, hodges@mail.utexas.edu

Hydrodynamics; Transport and water quality issues in lakes, rivers and estuaries

Susan D Hovorka

Susan D Hovorka

Research Professor, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 4863, susan.hovorka@beg.utexas.edu

Geologic carbon sequestration in deep sedimentary environments as part of carbon capture and storage. PI of the Gulf Coast Caron Center (www.gulfcoastcarbon.org) focused on research relevant to commercial development of geologic sequestration in regions where it is both needed and possible. Monitoring field projects. Petrography and sedimentology supporting hydrogeology in karst and contaminated systems. K-12 and public outreach and education.

Charles S Jackson

Charles S Jackson

Research Associate Professor, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 0401, charles@ig.utexas.edu

global warming, abrupt climate change, sea level rise, ocean mixing, Bayesian Inference, inverse modeling, simulation, climate projections, uncertainty quantification

Moriba  Jah

Moriba Jah

Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 0717, moriba@utexas.edu

Moriba Jah’s research is at the nexus of astronautical science, policy, and environmentalism. He is striving to extend environmental protection to near-earth space, by first showing the global community that it is a finite resource and then working with scientists and policy makers to develop and implement evidence-based policies and regulations. Dr. Jah seeks to find solutions to make space safe, secure, and sustainable. He is also focused on interpreting the tenets of so-called Traditional Ecological Knowledge and applying these as a foundation for space sustainability. He is working with ESI to develop the first-ever academic program in Space Sustainability! See his visually displayed space object knowledge graph and his TED talk.

Robert K Jansen

Robert K Jansen

Director, Plant Resources Center, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 8827, jansen@austin.utexas.edu

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

Shalene  Jha

Shalene Jha

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
, sjha@austin.utexas.edu

Jha studies the interactions between pollinators (predominantly bees), plants and the landscape. Her work offers insights into supporting declining populations of native pollinators.

Lee Ann  Kahlor

Lee Ann Kahlor

Professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations, Moody College of Communication
+1 512 791 5726, kahlor@austin.utexas.edu

public relations health and environmental risk communication; science communication; information seeking; cultural and racial norms related to health behaviors' message processing; science communication; environmental communication; health communication

Lynn E Katz

Lynn E Katz

Director, Center for Water and the Environment, Fariborz Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
+1 512 471 0071, +1 512 471 4244, lynnkatz@mail.utexas.edu

Contaminant fate and transport; Combined abiotic/biotic treatment systems for in-situ remediation; Environmental surface chemistry

Timothy H Keitt

Timothy H Keitt

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 5004, tkeitt@utexas.edu

Keitt is an expert on the ecological impacts of a proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Troy M Kimmel

Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 1590, +1 512 471 5116, tkimmel@utexas.edu

Carey W King

Carey W King

Research Scientist, Energy Institute
+1 512 471 5468, careyking@mail.utexas.edu

Macroeconomics; Energy and renewable energy generation, usage, conservation, policy, and education; energy systems approaches; energy return on energy invested (EROI), net energy; carbon capture and sequestration; nexus of water and energy; renewable energy and electricity integration

Kerry A Kinney

Kerry A Kinney

Professor, Fariborz Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
+1 512 232 1740, kakinney@mail.utexas.edu

Beneficial application of microorganisms to the treatment of pollutants in the environment; Algae-to-biofuel production processes; Potentially detrimental microbial communities that develop in indoor environments

Mary Jo  Kirisits

Mary Jo Kirisits

Professor, Fariborz Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
+1 512 232 7120, kirisits@utexas.edu

Biological drinking water treatment processes; Microbial transformation of inorganic contaminants; Application of molecular biology to biological water treatment processes; Rainwater harvesting; Impacts of nanomaterials on microorganisms in engineered water treatment systems; Biofilms; Quorum sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms; Microbial community structure of pediatric otitis media

Mark A Kirkpatrick

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 5858, +1 512 471 5996, kirkp@mail.utexas.edu

Gary A Kocurek

Gary A Kocurek

Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
, garyk@jsg.utexas.edu

Sedimentology, geomorphology and stratigraphy of aeolian systems; fluid flow and grain transport; bedform dynamics and pattern evolution of dune fields; the stratigraphic record of aeolian and related systems on Earth and Mars.

Brian A Korgel

Brian A Korgel

Professor and Matthew Van Winkle Regents Professorship in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 5633, korgel@che.utexas.edu

Brian A. Korgel is the Director of The University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute and the Rashid Engineering Regents Chair Professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. He also directs the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) for a Solar Powered Future (SPF2050), the Nanotechnologies area of the UT Austin Portugal Program at UT, and serves as Associate Editor of the journal, Chemistry of Materials. He is a former Fulbright Fellow and has been Visiting Professor at the University of Alicante in Spain, the Université Josef Fourier in France and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

Travis J Laduc

Travis J Laduc

Curator, Herpetology, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 475 6339, travieso@austin.utexas.edu

Reptiles and amphibians, biodiversity, evolution, ecology

Desmond F Lawler

Desmond F Lawler

Professor and Nassir I. Al-Rashid Chair in Civil Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
, dlawler@mail.utexas.edu

Particles in water and wastewater treatment processes; Mathematical modeling of treatment processes; Physical-chemical treatment; Drinking and industrial process water treatment

Lawrence A Lawver

Lawrence A Lawver

Senior Research Scientist Emeritus, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 0433, +1 512 471 6156, lawver@ig.utexas.edu

Marine geophysics, plate tectonics, magnetics, gravity, heat flow, seismic studies, paleogeographic reconstructions of Gondwana, the Polar Regions, East Asia, and the Western Pacific

Craig R Linder

Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 7825, rlinder@austin.utexas.edu

Zhanfei  Liu

Zhanfei Liu

Professor, Department of Marine Science, College of Natural Sciences
+1 361 749 6772, zhanfei.liu@utexas.edu

Marine organic compounds are produced in the ocean surface through photosynthesis and are modified by bacteria or zooplankton; some are preserved by interaction with minerals. Dr. Liu’s research investigates the source, distribution, and changes of organic compounds in marine environments. Knowing geochemical behaviors of organic compounds is critical for a better understanding of global carbon cycle and nutrient dynamics. Dr. Liu is also interested in geochemical behaviors of petroleum hydrocarbons in marine environments. More recently, he's turned his attention to nurdles, small bits of plastic that are increasingly appearing in marine environments, to find out what toxins they may be absorbing and passing along to wildlife.

David R Maidment

David R Maidment

Professor, Fariborz Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
+1 512 468 1744, +1 512 471 0065, +1 512 471 4620, maidment@utexas.edu

Geographic information systems(GIS); Expert systems and statistical techniques in hydrology and water resources planning; Water use forecasting

Ian R Manners

Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
, istanjan@gmail.com

Michael P Marder

Michael P Marder

Executive Director - UTeach, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 3612, marder@chaos.utexas.edu

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

Daene C McKinney

Daene C McKinney

Professor Emeritus, Fariborz Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
, daene@aol.com

Water resource systems analysis; Groundwater hydrology; Numerical modeling and economic analysis of groundwater systems; Multi-phase flow in porous media; Expert geographic information systems (GIS)

Lauren A Meyers

Lauren A Meyers

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

infectious disease epidemiology, evolutionary dynamics, molecular evolution, viruses, bacteria, RNA, mathematical modeling, computer simulation, bioinformatics, flu, Ebola, Zika, malaria

Dong-Ha  Min

Dong-Ha Min

Associate Professor of Instruction, Department of Marine Science, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 232 4124, dongha@mail.utexas.edu

Chemical oceanography (large-scale ocean circulation and ventilation and its changes in decadal time scale by measuring dissolved trace gases / coastal ocean observation); marine ecology; environmental science; climate change; science ethics; science communication

Ian J Molineux

Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 3143, molineux@austin.utexas.edu

Ulrich G Mueller

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
, umueller@austin.utexas.edu

Charles B Mullins

Charles B Mullins

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

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

Sheila M Olmstead

Sheila M Olmstead

Professor, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 2064, sheila.olmstead@austin.utexas.edu

Olmstead is an environmental economist whose current research projects examine the environmental externalities associated with shale gas development in the United States, regulatory avoidance under the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act, the influence of federal fire suppression policy on land development in the American West, and free-riding in dam placement and water withdrawals in transboundary river basins. She has worked extensively on the economics of water resource management, focusing on water demand estimation, water conservation policy, and access to drinking water services among low-income communities. Climate and energy policy are additional topics of her research, especially with regard to the application of market-based environmental policy instruments.

Hilary C Olson

Hilary C Olson

Program Manager, Subsurface Energy and the Env, Center for
+1 512 653 8356, holson@utexas.edu

Biostratigraphic and paleoenvironmental analysis of foraminifera

Jeffrey G Paine

Jeffrey G Paine

Research Professor, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 1260, +1 512 471 1534, jeff.paine@beg.utexas.edu

Near-surface geophysics in hydrogeology and environmental and Quaternary geology; coastal geology; Quaternary geology and geomorphology; computer applications in the geological sciences

Jose L Panero

Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 232 1990, +1 512 471 5858, panero@utexas.edu

Robert G Paterson

Robert G Paterson

Associate Professor, School of Architecture
+1 512 471 1922, +1 512 596 6980, rgfp@austin.utexas.edu

community and regional planning, environmental impacts of development

Francisco L Perez

Francisco L Perez

Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
, halemauu@gmail.com

Mountain Geoecology, Geomorphology, Vegetation Ecology, Soils

Suzanne A Pierce

Suzanne A Pierce

Assistant Professor of Research, Environmental Science Institute, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 954 1810, spierce@tacc.utexas.edu

Integrated Water Resources Management; Decision Support Systems; Sustainability Science; Energy-Water; Groundwater Management; Participatory Modeling

Mary F Poteet

Mary F Poteet

Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 5209, mpoteet@jsg.utexas.edu

aquatic ecosystems, creek metabolic regimes, urbanization, biotic response and vulnerability to climate change

Carlos E Ramos

Carlos E Ramos

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 2067, cramos@austin.utexas.edu

Hydro-geomorphology; terrestrial sediment and carbon budgets; sediment routing; road erosion; infiltration and runoff routing modeling; land use and climate change effects on hydrologic/geomorphic processes and their consequences on water quality, sustainable development, stream habitat, and marine ecosystems; development of GIS-based sediment budget/hydrologic applications; mass wasting processes; spatial scale issues; natural hazards.

Robert C Reedy

Robert C Reedy

Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate IV (4208), Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 232 2390, +1 512 471 7244, bob.reedy@beg.utexas.edu

Instrumentation systems, geographic information systems (GIS), vadose zone hydrology

Daniella M Rempe

Daniella M Rempe

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 5290, rempe@jsg.utexas.edu

Hydrology, Geomorphology, Ecohydrology, Catchment Hydrology, Near-surface Geophysics, Hydrogeology

John H Richburg

John H Richburg

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Pharmacy
+1 512 471 4736, john.richburg@austin.utexas.edu

testicular cancer, cell death and influence of environmental chemicals

Timothy B Rowe

Timothy B Rowe

Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 232 5512, +1 512 471 1725, rowe@utexas.edu

Vertebrate paleontology, evolution and development of the vertebrate skeleton, phylogenetic systematics, the early history of mammals and their extinct relatives among Synapsida, the history of birds and their extinct relatives among Dinosauria, the history of other amniotes, high-resolution X-ray computed tomography, CT scanner, DigiMorph, informatics

Michael J Ryan

Michael J Ryan

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 554 2433, mryan@utexas.edu

behaviour, evoluton, organismal biology, phylogenetic reconstruction and comparisons

Bridget R Scanlon

Bridget R Scanlon

Research Professor, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 1534, +1 512 471 8241, bridget.scanlon@beg.utexas.edu

Evaluation of the impact of climate variability and land use change on groundwater recharge, application of numerical models for simulating variably saturated flow and transport, controls on nitrate contamination in aquifers

Mrinal K Sen

Mrinal K Sen

Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 0466, +1 512 471 2610, mrinal@utexas.edu

Seismic wave propagation including anisotropy, geophysical inverse problems, earthquakes and earth structure, applied seismology, petroleum exploration including 4D seismology

Timothy M Shanahan

Timothy M Shanahan

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 232 7051, tshanahan@jsg.utexas.edu

climate variability, climate change, paleoclimatology, geochemistry, stable isotopes, organic geochemistry, sedimentology, environmental science If you are interested in learning more, please visit research website.

John M Sharp

John M Sharp

Dave P. Carlton Centennial Professor Emeritus in Geology, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
, jmsharp@jsg.utexas.edu

Hyrdogeology; 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 land loss; effects of urbanization; alluvial aquifers; hydrogeology of sedimentary basins;hydrological processes in ore deposit formation; and hydrogeophysics.

Allan W Shearer

Associate Dean for Research and Technology, School of Architecture
+1 512 232 5286, ashearer@austin.utexas.edu

Bjorn I Sletto

Professor, School of Architecture
+1 512 471 5153, bjorn@utexas.edu

Paul L Stoffa

Paul L Stoffa

Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
, stoffa@ig.utexas.edu

Multichannel seismic acquisition, signal processing, acoustic and elastic wave propagation, modeling and inversion of geophysical data

Chandler W Stolp

Chandler W Stolp

Associate Professor Emeritus, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
, stolp@austin.utexas.edu

Latin American public policy; economic integration; applied statistics

Melinda E Taylor

Melinda E Taylor

Executive Director, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business
+1 512 232 3641, mtaylor@law.utexas.edu

Melinda E. Taylor is a Senior Lecturer and Executive Director of the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law. Taylor joined the faculty of the Law School in January 2006. Prior to joining the faculty, she was the director of the Ecosystem Restoration Program of Environmental Defense where she managed a staff of attorneys, scientists and economists engaged in projects to protect endangered species and water resources across the United States. Taylor has also served as deputy general counsel of the National Audubon Society in Washington, D.C. and was an associate at Bracewell & Patterson in Washington.

Frederick W Taylor

Frederick W Taylor

Senior Research Scientist Emeritus, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 0453, fred@ig.utexas.edu

Tectonic geomorphology, stratigraphy, and paleogeodesy/paleoseismology at convergent plate margins Paleoclimate, fossil corals as a proxy for past sea-surface temperatures. Corals as recorders of relative sea level for vertical tectonics and sea-level history.

Edward C Theriot

Edward C Theriot

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

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

Rebecca M Torres

Rebecca M Torres

Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
, rebecca.torres@austin.utexas.edu

Rural and Community Development; International and Internal Migration; U.S. Latino Communities; Globalization and Agricultural Restructuring; Tourism in Developing Nations; Gender; Activist Scholarship and Community Engagement; Latin America

Michael  Webber

Michael Webber

John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 475 6867, webber@mail.utexas.edu

Energy policy; Energy & Water; Alternative and renewable energy; Biofuels; Energy in Texas; Smart Grid; Power Sector

Carlton G Willson

Carlton G Willson

Professor and Rashid Engineering Regents Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
, willson@che.utexas.edu

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

Clark R Wilson

Clark R Wilson

Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 5008, crwilson@jsg.utexas.edu

Geophysics, including gravity, space geodesy, and applied seismology

Zong-Liang  Yang

Zong-Liang Yang

Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 3824, liang@jsg.utexas.edu

Dr. Yang's primary research interest is to understand the exchanges of momentum, radiation, heat, water, carbon dioxide, and other materials between the atmosphere and the Earth surface spanning from small (short) to very large (long) scales. This includes analysis of in-situ and remotely-sensed data for the Earth's surface, and modeling studies of weather, climate and hydrology at local, regional and global scales.

Michael H Young

Michael H Young

Associate Dean, JSG Research Administration
+1 512 475 8830, michael.young@beg.utexas.edu

Ecohydrology of arid and semiarid landscapes; groundwater recharge in both managed agriculture and natural (arid and semi-arid) systems; influence of soil structure and vegetation on water cycling; design and implementation of monitoring systems for above-ground and near-surface below ground environments.