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Environmental Hazards

Natural and technological hazards and disasters often impinge on human activity and ecosystem function. From hurricanes, floods, and heat waves to oil spills and chemical explosions, this emphasis area examines how people come to recognize, plan for, respond to, and recover from environmental hazards that threaten human life, health, and property as well as ecosystem function. Students interested in environmental hazards at Texas A&M University take part in colloquia, internships, research, and other scholarly and applied practitioner activities in conjunction with the Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center (Chaired by Michelle Meyer).

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Relevant Faculty

Core Faculty

Name Title Research Interests
Robert Brown Professor Urban landscape; microclimate; health and well-being
Cecilia Giusti Associate Dean for Outreach and Diversity; Associate Professor Economic development and planning; community engagement; the so-called "informal" practices, microbusinesses, diversity and inclusion; Latinx and Latin American urban issues
Dawn Jourdan Executive Associate Dean; Professor Land use law; growth management; on premise signage; relocation grief; climate change; historic preservation; intergenerational planning
Michelle Meyer Director; Associate Professor Environmental sociology; sociology of disasters; social stratification; community sociology; green energy and sustainability; environmental migration
Forster Ndubisi Professor Ecological design and planning; community design; growth management; interdisciplinary design education
Galen Newman Associate Professor; Associate Department Head; Director Urban regeneration; land use science; spatial analytics; flood resilience; community/urban scale design
Walter Peacock Program Officer; Professor Urban planning; sustainability and resiliency issues; natural hazards; haxard mitigation and adaption; long-term disaster recovery; quantitative methods
Hope Hui Rising Assistant Professor Water-centric urban design; spatial cognition; place attachment; environmental adaptation; climate adaptation; flood and drought adaptation
George Rogers Professor Sustainability; risk analysis and planning; technology and society; quantitative methods
Andrew Rumbach Associate Professor Household and community risk, recovery and resilience to environmental hazards and disasters
Shannon Van Zandt Department Head; Professor Equity issues related to the spatial distribution of housing opportunities for low-income and minority populations
Sierra Woodruff Assistant Professor Climate change adaptation; resilience, ecosystem services; plan integration; planning networks; multi-level governance; hazard mitigation
Xinyue Ye Associate Professor Big data analytics, geographic information science, geospatial artificial intelligence, network science, spatial econometrics, urban simulation, visual analytics
Siyu Yu Assistant Professor Community resilience, plan integration, land use and environmental planning, social vulnerability, hazard mitigation

Affiliate Faculty

Name Title Research Interests
John Cooper Director; Associate Professor of Practice Principles of inclusive planning and plan quality
Wesley Highfield* Associate Professor Public policy analysis; emergency management; policy
Nathanael Rosenheim Associate Research Scientist Spatial modeling; data science; community development; food system planning
Douglas Wunneburger Instructional Associate Professor Social impacts due to interactions of demographics and spatially explicit policies and laws


*indicated the faculty members who are in Texas A&M Galveston Campus