Dr. Wesley Highfield


Phone: (409) 740-4726
Email: highfiew@tamug.edu

Texas A&M University at Galveston
P.O. Box 1675 
Galveston, Texas 77553

Course Offerings:

MARS 325 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
MARB 303 - Biostatistics
MARS 625 - GIS Based Modeling for Coastal Resources

Assistant Professor


- Ph.D., Urban and Regional Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2008
- MUP., Urban Planning, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2004
- B.S., Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2001

Research Interests:

- Spatial Analysis/Statistics
- Natural Hazard Mitigation & Policy
- Environmental Planning & Policy


- 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:

Highfield, W. E., Van Zandt, S. and Peacock, W.G. (2011). Determinants and Characteristics of Damage in Single-Family Island Households. In Proceedings of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research and Innovations Conference. January 4 – 7, 2011 Atlanta, GA

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

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

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, W. E. Longitudinal Analysis of the Relationship between Section 404 Permit Activity and Peak Streamflow in Coastal Texas. Environmental Management, Under Review

Highfield, W. E., Norman, S. and Brody, S. D. Examining the 100-Year Floodplain as a Metric of Risk, Loss, and Household Adjustment. Risk Analysis, Under Review