The FRR Partnership

The proposed FRR program consists of 6 participating institutions and 20 researchers supervising dozens of students. Each institution and faculty member offers a unique skill-set associated with flood risk modeling and management. The synergy created by working together on place-based case studies will provide a comprehensive understanding of how to better reduce coastal flood impacts.

FRR Program Institutions

Partner Institutions and Project Participants





Texas A&M at Galveston

Sam Brody

Marine Sciences/ Urban Planning

Professor, Director of Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities

built environment,
spatial analysis

William Merrell

Marine Sciences


Coastal Barriers,
wave dynamics

Wesley Highfield

Marine Sciences

Assistant Professor

Spatial analysis, economic impact assessment

Meri Dalvasheridze

Marine Sciences

Assistant Professor

Hazard economics

Jens Figlus

Coastal Engineering

Assistant Professor

Sediment transport,
dune design

Texas A&M at College Station

Phillip Berke

Landscape Arch. &
Urban Planning


Coastal planning,
social vulnerability

Galen Newman

Landscape Arch. &
Urban Planning

Assistant Professor

landscape design

Eric Bardenhagen

Landscape Arch. &
Urban Planning

Assistant Professor

Landscape planning

Jackson State University

Robert Whalin

Civil/Environmental Engineering


Coastal engineering,
wave dynamics

Thomas Richardson

Civil/Environmental Engineering

Deputy Director, Hazards Center

Coastal and hydraulics engineering

University of Houston

Bill Gilmer

C.T. Bauer College of Business

Professor, Dir. of Inst. for Regional Forecasting

Regional economics

Adam Perdue


Research Scientist

Urban economics

Rice University

Phillip Bedient

Civil/Environmental Engineering

Professor, Dir. of SSPEED Center

Hydraulic engineering

Jamie Padgett

Civil/Environmental Engineering

Associate Professor

Critical infrastructure and hazards

Delft University

Bas Jonkman

Hydraulic Engineering

Professor and Center Director

Flood risk assessment, flood defenses

Han Meyer

Urban Design


Urban design

Anne Loes Nillesen

Delta Interventions studio


Landscape design

Baukje Kothuis

Multi-Actor Systems


Multifunctional flood defenses

Jill Slinger

Technology, Policy, Management

Associate Professor

Flood policy and governance

For questions about the Center:

Dr. Sam Brody
Ocean and Coastal Studies Building
1001 Texas Clipper Rd
Galveston, TX 77551
Bldg. 3029, Room 366
Phone (409) 740-4939
Fax (409) 740-4429


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