Dr. Samuel David Brody

Samuel David Brody
Director of the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores (CTBS)

Department of Marine Sciences
1001 Texas Clipper Rd
Bld# 3029, Office 366
Galveston, TX, 77554 USA

E-mail: brodys@tamug.edu
Phone: (409) 740-4939
Fax: (409) 740-4429
Website: www.tamug.edu/CTBS/


  • Ph.D. City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2002
  • M.S. Resource policy and behavior, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1996
  • Graduate Diploma. Environmental Studies, University of Adelaide, Australia, 1994
  • B.A. Environmental studies and anthropology, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, 1992

Research Interests:

Coastal environmental planning, natural hazards mitigation, spatial analysis, dispute resolution.


Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation, $312,801. Co-PIs: Wesley Highfield, Michael Lindell. Examining the 100-year Floodplain as a Metric of Risk, Loss, and Household Adjustment.

Co-Principal Investigator. NASA, $398,857. PI: Patrick Louchouarn; Co-PIs: Wesley Highfield, Anna Armitage. Examining the Relationship Between Land Use Change, Wetland Alteration, and Carbon Sequestration in the Gulf of Mexico.

Co-Principal Investigator. Montgomery County, TX, $141,879. PI: George Rogers; Co-PIs: Georgianne W. Moore, Jesse Saginore. Economic Impact of Lake-Level Reductions on Lake Conroe: Lake Area Property Values, Property Tax Revenues, and Sales Tax Revenues.

Principal Investigator. Houston Advanced Research Center, $80,000. Co-PI: Wesley E. Highfield. Natural and Human Hydrologic Interactions: Development of an Integrated Conceptual Model and Empirical Testing in the Greater Houston-Galveston Region.

Co-Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation, $374,036. PI: Shannon Van Zandt; Co-PIs: Wesley E. Highfield, Yu Xiao, Walter Peacock. Developing a Living Laboratory for Examining Community Resilience and Recovery After Disaster.

Selected Publications:

Brody, S.D., Grover, H., Vedlitz, A. 2012. Examining the Willingness of Americans to Alter Behavior to Mitigate Climate Change. Climate Policy, 12 (1), 1-22.

Brody, S.D., Highfield, W.E., Peacock, W.G., Gunn, Josh. 2011. The Influence of Development Intensity on Flood Damages along the Gulf of Mexico: Examining the erosion of resiliency.  Journal of Planning and Education Research, 31 (4), 438-448.

Brody, S.D., Highfield, W.E., Kang, J.E. (2011). Rising Waters: Causes and consequences of flooding in the United States. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Brody, S.D., Grover, H., Vedlitz, A., Lindquist, E. (2010). Examining Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Behaviors among State and Local Public Sector Organizations in the United States. Local Environment, 15(6): 591- 603.

Brody, S.D., Kang, Jung Eun, Bernhardt, S.P. (2010). Identifying Factors Influencing Flood Mitigation at the Local Level in Texas and Florida: the Role of Organizational Capacity.  Natural Hazards, 52, 167–184, doi: 10.1007/s11069-009-9364-5.

Brody, S.D., Kang, Jung Eun, Zahran, S., Bernhardt, S.P. (2009). Evaluating Local Flood Mitigation Strategies in Texas and Florida. Built Environment, 35(4): 492-515.

Brody, Samuel D., Zahran, Sammy, Highfield, Wesley, Bernhardt, Sarah, and Vedlitz, Arnold. (2009). Policy Learning for Flood Mitigation: a longitudinal assessment of CRS activities in Florida. Risk Analysis 29(6), 912-929.

Brody, Samuel D., Zahran, Sammy, Grover, Himanshu, and A. Vedlitz. (2008). A Spatial Analysis of Local Climate Change Policy in the U.S.: Risk, Stress, and Opportunity. Landscape and Urban Planning 87(1), 33-41.

Brody, S.D., Davis, Stephen E. III, Highfield, Wesley E. and Bernhardt, Sarah. (2008). A Spatial-Temporal Analysis of Wetland Alteration in Texas and Florida:  Thirteen Years of Impact Along the Coast. Wetlands 28(1), 107-116.

Brody, S.D., Zahran, S, Vedlitz, A., and Grover, H. (2008). Examining the Relationship between Physical Vulnerability and Perceptions of Global Climate Change in the U.S. Environment and Behavior 40(1), 72-95.

Brody, S.D., Zahran, S., Maghelal, P., Grover, H., and Highfield, W. (2007). The rising costs of floods: Examining the impact of planning and development decisions on property damage in Florida. Journal of the American Planning Association 73(3), 330-345.


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