Dr. Lawrence L. Griffin

Dr. Wesley E. Highfield
Associate Professor
Department of Marine Sciences
1001 Texas Clipper Rd
Bld# 3029, Office 364
Galveston, TX, 77554 USA

E-mail: highfiew@tamug.edu
Phone: (409) 740-4726
Fax: (409) 740-4429
Website: www.tamug.edu/CTBS/


  • PhD, Urban and Regional Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2008
  • MUP, Urban Planning, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2004
  • BS, Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2001

Research Interests:

  • GIS
  • Spatial Analysis/Statistics
  • Natural Hazard Mitigation & Policy
  • Environmental Planning & Policy

Course Offerings:

  • MARS 325: Intro to GIS
  • MARS 625: GIS for Coastal Modeling
  • MARS 689: Advanced GIS


  • 2011 to 2013 Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, $312,801 “Examining the 100-year floodplain as a metric of risk, loss, and household adjustment”
  • 2011 to 2014 Co-Principal Investigator, National Aeronautical and Space Administration, $399,857 “Examining the relationships between land use change, wetland alteration, and carbon sequestration in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Selected Publications (underlined are students):

Peacock, W. G., Van Zandt, S., Zhang, Y., Highfield, W. E. 2014. Inequities in Long-term Housing Recovery after Disasters.  Journal of the American Planning Association, 80(4): 356-371.

Highfield, W.E., Brody, S.D., Blessing, R.  2014. Measuring the impact of mitigation activities on flood loss reduction at the parcel level: the case of the clear creek watershed on the upper Texas coast. Natural Hazards, 1-18.

Highfield, W.E. and Brody, S.D.  2013. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Local Mitigation Activities in Reducing Flood Losses. Natural Hazards Review, 14(4): 229-236.

Brody, S.D. and Highfield, W. E.  2013. Open Space Protection and Flood Mitigation: A National Study. Land Use Policy. 32: 89-95.

Highfield, W. E., Van Zandt, S. and Peacock, W.G. 2013. Mitigation Planning: Why Hazard Exposure, Structural Vulnerability, and Social Vulnerability Matter. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 34(3): 287-300. 

Highfield, W. E., Norman, S. and Brody, S. D.  2012. Examining the 100-Year Floodplain as a Metric of Risk, Loss, and Household Adjustment. Risk Analysis, 33(2):186-91. 

Highfield, W. E.  2012. Longitudinal Analysis of the Relationship between Section 404 Permit Activity and Peak Streamflow in Coastal Texas. Environmental Management, 49 (4): 892-901. 

Van Zandt, S., Peacock, W. G., Henry, D., Grover, H., Highfield, W. E., Brody, S.D. 2012. Mapping Social Vulnerability to Enhance Housing and Neighborhood Resilience. Housing Policy Debate 22(1): 29-55. 

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

Brody, S., Highfield, W. and Kang, J. 2011. Flooding in the United States: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Implications. Cambridge Press.

Brody, S. D., Davis, S. E. III, Highfield, W. E. and Bernhardt, S. 2008. A Spatial-Temporal Analysis of Section 404 Wetland Permitting In Texas and Florida: Thirteen Years of Impact along the Coast. Wetlands, 28: 107-116.

Highfield, Wesley E. and Brody, Samuel D. 2006. The Price of Permits: Measuring the Economic Impacts of Wetland Development on Flood Damages in Florida. Natural Hazards Review, 7: 123 – 130.


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