TWRN Members


Pradeep Adhikari

Pradeep Adhikari

Research Fellow RGK Center, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Univ. of Texas at Austin
pradeep@austin.utexas.edu

Research Interests: Hydrology, land cover change
Expertise: Land Use Land Cover, Water/Hydrology

Habib Ahmari

Habib Ahmari

Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Univ. of Texas at Arlington
habib.ahmari@uta.edu

Research Interests: Acquisition, organization and interpretation of large environmental datasets through system-wide remote sensing monitoring of water quantity and quality; Physical and numerical modeling of hydraulics and geomorphology in rivers, dam reservoirs, and lakes; Environmental hydraulics; Sediment and contaminant mixing and transport in rivers, dam reservoirs, urban rivers, and irrigation canals
Expertise: Water/Hydrology

Pedro Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez

Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice Univ.
alvarez@rice.edu

Research Interests: environmental applications and implications of nanotechnology, bioremediation of toxic chemicals, water footprint of biofuels, water treatment and reuse, and antibiotic resistance control.
Expertise: Water/Hydrology

Richard Amato

Richard Amato

GCG Program Manager, IC2 Institute, Univ. of Texas at Austin
ramato@ic2.utexas.edu

Research Interests: Clean energy, bussiness development, entrepenuership, international
Expertise: Project Management, Regional Planning

Tom Arsuffi

Tom Arsuffi

Director, Llano River Field Station, Texas Tech Univ. at Junction
tom.arsuffi@ttu.edu

Research Interests: aquatic and watershed ecology, environmental education, rivers, streams, invasives
Expertise: Land Use Land Cover, Water/Hydrology

Ripendra Awal

Ripendra Awal

Research Scientist, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, Prairie View A&M Univ.
riawal@PVAMU.EDU

Research Interests: Watershed modeling, groundwater modeling, water related hazards including floods, landslides, debris flows, and erosion, natural and artificial dam failures, climate change, GIS and remote sensing, water resources, agricultural water management
Expertise: Climate Observations, Water/Hydrology

Ken Baake

Ken Baake

Associate Professor, Dept. of English, Texas Tech Univ.
ken.baake@ttu.edu

Research Interests: Rhetoric scientific literature, science communication, technical communication, documents that create knowledge and support decision-making, American Southwest and Great Plains, how systems self-organize and evolve in complexity
Expertise: Decision Support, Stakeholder Engagement

David Baker

Executive Director, Wimberley Valley Watershed Association
davidbaker@wimberleywatershed.org

Research Interests: Community awareness, environmental stewardship, land and water conservation, sustainable living practices, groundwater
Expertise: Decision Support, Land Use Land Cover, Regional Planning, Water/Hydrology, Water Policy

Jay Banner

Jay Banner

F. M. Bullard Professor, Dept. of Geological Sciences, Univ. of Texas at Austin
banner@jsg.utexas.edu

Research Interests: environmental isotopes, water quality, paleoclimate, speleothem, cave, karst, groundwater, urban hydrology, carbonates, climate change, water resources
Expertise: Climate Observations, Project Management, Water/Hydrology
Working Node: Climate, Water Science

Timothy Beach

Timothy Beach

Professor & Chair, Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Texas at Austin
beacht@austin.utexas.edu

Research Interests: Geoarchaeology, Soil Geomorphology, and Paleoenvironments of the Maya World and Mediterranean
Expertise: Land Use Land Cover

Phil Bedient

Phil Bedient

Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice Univ.
bedient@rice.edu

Research Interests: water quality assessments, and hydrologic modeling, flood and surge mitigation, flood alert systems with radar, groundwater contaminant transport
Expertise: Water/Hydrology

Amy Belaire

Amy Belaire

Program manager, The Nature Conservancy
amy.belaire@tnc.org

Research Interests: Landscape and urban ecology, conservation and stweardship, spatial analysis, human-nature interactions
Expertise: Project Management, Regional Planning, Stakeholder Engagement

Kendall Bell-Enders

Senior Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
kbellenders@bseacd.org

Research Interests: environmental monitoring, water management, groundwater, environmental compliance
Expertise: Regional Planning, Water/Hydrology, Water Policy

Jude Benavides

Jude Benavides

Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences, Univ. of Texas at Rio Grande Valley
jude.benavides@utrgv.edu

Research Interests: Hydrologic and water quality monitoring and modeling with a focus on water resources management issues in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, specializations include flood alert systems, floodplain mapping, water quality monitoring, and water resources analysis in the Lower Rio Grande Valley
Expertise: Project Management, Water/Hydrology

Lisa Benton

Aquatic Scientist, Lower Colorado River Authority
lisa.benton@lcra.org

Research Interests: Aquatic biology, program management
Expertise: Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement

Bruk Berhanu

Bruk Berhanu

Graduate Research Assistant, Webber Energy Group
bruk.berhanu@utexas.edu

Research Interests: Environmental and water resources engineering and public affairs, evaluation of water efficiency and reuse technologies in buildings, Energy-water nexus
Expertise: Water/Hydrology, Water Policy

Catherine Birney

Catherine Birney

Graduate Research Assistant, Webber Energy Group
cabirney@utexas.edu

Research Interests: Geothermal energy for brackish water desalination, capita environmental impacts from food waste and overconsumption
Expertise: Water/Hydrology, Water Policy

Regina Buono

Regina Buono

PhD student, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
regina.buono@utexas.edu

Research Interests: Water governance, water and energy, and payment for ecosystem services. Water, administrative, and endangered species law
Expertise: Decision Support, Law, Water Policy

William Burdick

, Senior IT Geospatial Analyst, City of Austin Watershed protection
william.burdick@austintexas.gov

Research Interests: GIS, geospatial analysis, data management

Jesse Chadwick

Air Quality Analyst, Alamo Area Council of Governments
jschadwick@protonmail.com

Research Interests: Hydrogeology, karst systems, bioremediation and water quality, and water conservation policy
Expertise: Water/Hydrology

Brad Christoffersen

Brad Christoffersen

Assistant Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
bradley.christoffersen@utrgv.edu

Research Interests: Ecohydrology, plant water relations, forest ecosystem ecology, modeling of plant hydraulics,
Expertise: Water/Hydrology

Emily Therese Cloyd

Emily Therese Cloyd

Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator, National Climate Assessment, U.S. Department of Energy
ecloyd@aaas.org

Research Interests: public engagement, carbon cycle and ecosystems, management policy,
Expertise: Decision Support, Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement

Margaret Cook

Margaret Cook

PhD Candidate, Webber Energy Group
margaretcook@utexas.edu

Research Interests: Impacts of water scarcity, economics, and policy on water use, oil and gas industry, effects of droughts and heat waves on thermoelectric power generation, fuel extraction
Expertise: Climate Observations, Stakeholder Engagement, Water Policy

Stephen Davis

Water Quality Coordinator, Lower Colorado River Authority
stephen.davis@lcra.org

Research Interests: Aquatic biology, invasive species, regulatory compliance
Expertise: Water/Hydrology

Adrienne Dawson

Research Communications Manager, The Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost, Univ. of Texas at Austin
adrienne.dawson@utexas.edu

Research Interests: Communications, business
Expertise: Stakeholder Engagement

Chris Dorow

Regional Category Manager, Power and Utilities, BASF
christopher.dorow@basf.com

Research Interests: Utilities management, sustainability, chemical engineering
Expertise: Project Management, Socioeconomics

Martin Doyle

Martin Doyle

Director, Water Policy Program, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
martin.doyle@duke.edu

Research Interests: River science, economics policy, river management and restoration,
Expertise: Water/Hydrology, Water Policy

Vanessa Escobar

Senior Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
vescobar@bseacd.org

Research Interests: Water conservation plans, best management practices, public awareness efforts, stakeholder facilitation and reporting analysis
Expertise: Stakeholder Engagement, Water/Hydrology, Water Policy

Charlie Flatten

Charlie Flatten

Water Policy Program Manager, Hill Country Alliance
charlie@hillcountryalliance.org

Research Interests: Water planning, policy, management outreach
Expertise: Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Water Policy

Oliver Frauenfeld

Oliver Frauenfeld

Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography, Texas A&M Univ.
oliver.frauenfeld@tamu.edu

Research Interests: Synoptic climatology, land surface-ocean-atmosphere interactions, teleconnections, tropics, midlatitudes, Arctic, permafrost
Expertise: Climate Observations, Meterology/Climate Modeling

Huilin Gao

Huilin Gao

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M Univ.
hgao@civil.tamu.edu

Research Interests: Hydrological modeling across scales, water resources management, environmental changes and sustainability, biodiversity, remote sensing of precipitation, soil moisture, water storage, and water quality
Expertise: Climate Observations, Meterology/Climate Modeling, Water/Hydrology
Working Node: Climate

Kyle Garmany

Hydrologist, The Nature Conservancy
kyle.garmany@tnc.org

Research Interests: Hydrology, natural resource management
Expertise: Agriculture, Land Use Land Cover, Stakeholder Engagement

Helen Gerlach

Graduate Engineer, Austin Water
helen.gerlach@austintexas.gov

Research Interests: Water resources, water quality, GIS, engineering
Expertise: Water/Hydrology

Steven Gray

Steven Gray

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Stability, Michigan State Univ.
stevenallangray@gmail.com

Research Interests: Socio-environmental modeling, understanding how individuals and groups make decisions about complex social-ecological systems
Expertise: Meterology/Climate Modeling, Socioeconomics

Tessa Green

Tessa Green

Executive Director, Bridging Barriers Grand Challenge Initiative, Univ. of Texas at Austin
tessa.green@austin.utexas.edu

Research Interests: Project planning, proposals, budget, business practices
Expertise: Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement

Shannon Halley

Environmental Program Coordinator, Austin Water, City of Austin
shannon.halley@austintexas.gov

Research Interests: Environmentalism, homelessness, energy efficiency, parks
Expertise: Law, Project Management, Regional Planning, Socioeconomics

Michael Hanemann

Professor, Economics, Arizona State University
michael.hanemann@asu.edu

Research Interests: Economics of water, water law and institutions
Expertise: Agriculture, Climate Observations, Decision Support, Law, Socioeconomics, Water Policy

Richard Hoffpauir

Owner, Hoffpauir Consulting, PLLC
richard@rjhoffpauir.com

Research Interests: Water resources, surface water modeling, permitting, and planning
Expertise: Land Use Land Cover, Water/Hydrology, Water Policy

Kimberly Horndeski

Policy Analyst, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Kahorndeski@gmail.com

Research Interests: Economic growth, endangered species
Expertise: Regional Planning, Water Policy

Lauren Kalisek

Lauren Kalisek

Attourney, Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, PC
lkalisek@lglawfirm.com

Research Interests: Water utility, water quality law, water policy management counsel
Expertise: Law, Water Policy

Lynn Katz

Lynn Katz

Director- Center for Water and the Environment, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Texas at Austin
lynnkatz@mail.utexas.edu

Research Interests: Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Contaminant fate and transport, combined abiotic/biotic treatment systems for in-situ remediation, environmental surface chemistry
Expertise: Water/Hydrology

Tim Larson

Tim Larson

President, Ross Strategic
tlarson@rossstrategic.com

Research Interests: Air quality management, climate change, clean energy, energy efficiency, land conservation, water sustainability, large aquatic ecosystem protection and restoration, corporate environmental management, transportation, community economic development, and impact investing
Expertise: Land Use Land Cover, Stakeholder Engagement, Water Policy

Sharlene Leurig

Principal, Leurig LLC
sleurig@gmail.com

Research Interests: Strategic planning, policy adaptation, financial analysis, business model development and project management
Expertise: Project Management, Regional Planning, Water Policy

Julie Lewey

Associate Director, Devils River Conservancy
Julie@devilsriverconservancy.org

Research Interests: Non-profit, grant writing, PR, financial management, landowner relations
Expertise: Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement

Cait McCann

Environmental Program Coordinator, Wildland Conservation Division, Austin Water
cait.mccann@austintexas.gov

Research Interests: Conservation, public outreach
Expertise: Land Use Land Cover, Stakeholder Engagement

Bruce McCarl

Bruce McCarl

Texas AgriLife Senior Fellow, Regents Professor and Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M Univ.
mccarl@tamu.edu

Research Interests: Policy analysis (in climate change mitigation, ENSO analysis and Edwards Aquifer water), application of quantitative methods, water economics
Expertise: Agriculture, Socioeconomics

Gretchen Miller

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M Univ.
gretchen.r.miller@gmail.com

Research Interests: Groundwater sustainability, atmosphere, soil, vegetation, hydrological models, engineering projects
Expertise: Land Use Land Cover, Project Management, Water/Hydrology

Valerie Miller

Manager, LCRA
Valerie.miller@lcra.org

Research Interests: Water contracts & conservation, irrigation advisory, water policy and resiliency, urban planning
Expertise: Stakeholder Engagement, Water Policy

Doug Norman

Communications & Community Planning Coordinator, Wimberley Watershed
doug@wimberleywatershed.org
Expertise: Stakeholder Engagement

Bibhuti Ojha Chataut

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering , Nepal Engineering College
bibhutio523@gmail.com

Research Interests: water allocation, Demand supply analysis, Optimization in allocation
Expertise: Water/Hydrology, Water Policy

Abel Porras

, Austin Watershed Protection
abel.porras@austintexas.gov

Research Interests: Enigneering

Mary Poteet

Mary Poteet

Lecturer, Jackson School of Geosciences, Univ. of Texas at Austin
mpoteet@jsg.utexas.edu

Research Interests: Karst ecosystems, biotic response and vulnerability to climate change, invasive species
Expertise: Climate Observations, Water/Hydrology

Vanessa Puig-Williams

Vanessa Puig-Williams

Executive Director, Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association
vanessa@puigwilliamslaw.com

Research Interests: Land and water conservation
Expertise: Law, Stakeholder Engagement, Water/Hydrology

Ruthie Redmond

Program Manager, Texas Living Waters project, Sierra Club
ruthie.redmond@sierraclub.org

Research Interests: Economic, environmental, and water policy. Water sustainability, public education
Expertise: Stakeholder Engagement, Water Policy

Daniella Rempe

Daniella Rempe

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geological Sciences, Univ. of Texas at Austin
rempe@jsg.utexas.edu

Research Interests: Hydrological and ecological processes, water resources, weathering of actively eroding landscapes and the implications on moisture storage and transport in fractured rock.
Expertise: Climate Observations, Water/Hydrology

Susan Roberts

Director, Engineering Center for Applied Technology, Texas A&M Univ.
svroberts@tamu.edu

Research Interests: Water resource solutions, business development, marketing, environmental and resources consulting.
Expertise: Water/Hydrology, Water Policy

Katherine Romans

Katherine Romans

Executive Director, Hill Country Alliance
katherine@hillcountryalliance.org

Research Interests: Natural resource management, landowner outreach, invasive species
Expertise: Decision Support, Stakeholder Engagement, Water Policy

Meghan Roussel

Associate Director, Texas Water Science Center, USGS
meroussel@usgs.gov

Research Interests: Suburban/urban watersheds, flood-plain management, flood risk assessment,
Expertise: Project Management, Water/Hydrology

Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders

Program Manager, IC2 institute, Univ. of Texas at Austin
msanders@ati.utexas.edu

Research Interests: Transportation, sustainable infrastructure
Expertise: Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement

Anna Schleifer

, PhD Candidate, Webber Energy Group
schleif@utexas.edu

Research Interests: Mechanical Engineering, thermal fluid systems, building systems, energy efficiency, renewable energy
Expertise: Water/Hydrology

Stefan Schuster

Stefan Schuster

Lecturer, School of Architecture, Univ. of Texas at Austin
hydroplan@mac.com

Research Interests: Water resilience, integrated water planning, innovation initiatives
Expertise: Climate Observations, Demography, Decision Support, Meterology/Climate Modeling, Project Management, Regional Planning, Stakeholder Engagement, Water/Hydrology, Water Policy

Mateo Scoggins

Stream Ecologist, Watershed Protection Department, City of Austin
mateo.scoggins@austintexas.gov

Research Interests: Ecology, environmental science, sustainability, natural resource management, environmental policy, environmental education
Expertise: Stakeholder Engagement, Water/Hydrology

Richard Seline

Executive Director & Senior Advisor, Accelerate H2O
rseline@accelerateh2o.org

Research Interests: Corporate-community relationships, alternative revenue, project management
Expertise: Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Water Policy

Tushar Sinha

Assistant professor, Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M Univ. at Kingsville
Tushar.Sinha@tamuk.edu

Research Interests: Hydrological modeling; climate change impacts on hydrology; water resources management; surface water - groundwater interactions; and GIS applications
Expertise: Climate Observations, Water/Hydrology

Becky Smyth

Becky Smyth

University professional, Jackson School of Geosciences, Univ. of Texas at Austin
rcsmyth@utexas.edu

Research Interests: Geologic CO2 sequestration, environmental assessment of sites impacted by petroleum exploration and production
Expertise: Land Use Land Cover, Water/Hydrology

Kevin Thuesen

Program Manager, City of Austin
kevin.thuesen@austintexas.gov

Research Interests: Ecological restoration, prescribed fire, karst management, conservation easements, water quality, wildland urban interface and negotiating bureaucracies
Expertise: Land Use Land Cover, Regional Planning, Water Policy

Pamela Torres

Graduate Research Assistant, Univ. of Texas at Austin
pamela.torres@austintexas.gov

Research Interests: Sustainability and Project Management, energy efficiency
Expertise: Project Management

Johanna Valente

Nautral Resources Specialist, Water Resources, Texas Parks and Wildlife
johanna.valente@tpwd.texas.gov

Research Interests: Conservation biology, water quality, invasive species
Expertise: Land Use Land Cover, Project Management

Michael Wade

Graduate student, Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Texas at Austin
Wadem42@utexas.edu
Expertise: Climate Observations, Water/Hydrology

Jennifer Walker

Senior Program Manager, Sierra Club
jennifermwalker@earthlink.net

Research Interests: Water Policy, water planning, water conservation and bay and estuary protection
Expertise: Regional Planning, Water Policy

Doug Wierman

President, Blue Creek Consulting, LLC
dawierman@aol.com

Research Interests: Water sustainability
Expertise: Water Policy

Kendall Yates

Executive Assistant, Save Our Springs
kendall@greatspringsproject.org

Research Interests: Water
Expertise: Water/Hydrology, Water Policy