Sam Brody

IDRT/CTBS Director
Department of Marine and Coastal Environmental Science

Sam Brody

Phone: +1 (409) 740.4939
Fax: +1 (409) 740.4429

Ocean & Coastal Studies Bldg., Office 366

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What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

Experiences as a child that helped me understand how human built environments can impact the quantity and quality of water across large regions.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

A keen understanding of how to convert knowledge into action to help make society more resilient over the long term.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

My family, spending time outdoors, travel, roasting coffee.

Ph.D. City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2002

M.S. Natural Resources Policy and Planning, University of Michigan, 1996

B.S. Environmental Studies/Anthropology, Bowdoin College, 1992

Courses Taught
PLAN 641: Coastal Environmental Planning
PLAN 642: Coastal Resiliency and Sustainability 
Brody, Samuel, Highfield, W., *Blessing, R., *Makino, T., Shepard, C. (2017). Evaluating the Effects of Open Space Configurations in Reducing Flood Damage along the Gulf of Mexico Coast. Landscape and Urban Planning 167: 225-231.

Brody, S.D., *Wilson, M., Lindell M., +Highfield, W., *Blessing, R. (2016). Understanding the motivation of residents to voluntarily purchase federal flood insurance. Journal of Risk Research. DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2015.1119179.

Brody, S.D., *Lee, Yoonjeong, +Highfield, Wesley E. (2016). Household adjustment to flood risk: A survey of coastal residents in Texas and Florida. Disasters 41 (3), 566-586.

Brody, S.D., *Sebastian, A., *Blessing, R., Bedient, P. (2015). Case study results from southeast Houston, Texas: identifying the impacts of residential location on flood risk and loss. Journal of Flood Risk Management. DOI:10.1111/jfr3.12184.

Brody, S.D., +Highfield, W., *Blessing, R. (2015). An Empirical Analysis of the Effects of Land Use/Land Cover on Flood Losses along the Gulf of Mexico Coast from 1999 to 2009. J. of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 51(6): 1556-1567, DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12331.

Brody, S.D., +Blessing, R., *Sebastian, A., Bedient, P. (2014). Examining the impact of land use/land cover characteristics on flood losses. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 57(9): 1252-1265.

Brody, S.D. (2013). The Characteristics, Causes, and Consequences of Sprawling Development Patterns in the United States. Nature Education Knowledge 4(5): 2.

Brody, S.D., +Blessing, R., *Sebastian, A., Bedient, P. (2013). Delineating the Reality of Flood Risk and Loss in Southeast, Texas. Natural Hazards Review 14:89-97.

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

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.

* Denotes Student
+ Denotes Former Student
2018: Untargeted characterization of halogenated contaminants and their degradation products in Puget Sound sediments using Fourier Transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR MS). Liu, Y., L.-J. Kuo, N. Tolić, L. Paša-Tolić, T. Wade, A. Knap, J. Brandenberger, and P. Louchouarn (2017), Poster Presentation (ME14A-0921), Ocean Science Meeting, Portland, OR.

Feb 2, 2018: Flood Risk Reduction and the Built Environment. Conference on Urban Flooding and Infrastructure: Moving forward from Harvey. Rice University, Houston TX.

July 6, 2017: Urban Flooding: A growing national challenge. National Academies of Sciences. Study on Urban Flooding. Houston, TX.

June 28, 2017: Urban Flooding: How do we deal with a National Challenge. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FLOOD & STORMWATER MANAGEMENT AGENCIES (NAFSMA) Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC.

March 2, 2016: Spatial Analytical Approaches to identifying flood risk mitigation techniques in Galveston Bay. University of Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

December 12, 2016: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Implication of Flooding in the U.S. JSPS-NOW Joint Seminar- Challenges in Coastal Flood Risk Reduction. Tokyo Institute of Technology. Tokyo, Japan.

September 24, 2015: Flooding and Coastal Urban Resilience: The Houston-Galveston Region. Clemson University, Department of Planning, Development, and Preservation. Urban Resilience Speaker Series. Clemson, SC.

August 17, 2015: What Works: the cost savings of flood mitigation techniques. Preparing for Change: Building Resilient Coastal Communities workshop. The Nature Conservancy. Aransas Pass, TX.

May 20, 2015.: Examining Flood Risk, Loss, and Policy in the Clear Creek Watershed. With Russell Blessing. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress. Austin, TX.

October 1, 2014: Reducing Flood Risk in the Houston-Galveston Region. Delft University, Netherlands.

May 28, 2014: Floodplain Management in TX: Pointing the Way to More Effective Mitigation in the Future. TX Floodplain Managers Association Annual Conference, Mike Howard Lectureship. Irving, TX.
Grants and Fellowships

2015 to 2020:  Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation, $3,598,502.
Coastal Flood Risk Reduction Program: Integrated, multi-scale approaches for understanding how to reduce vulnerability to damaging events. NSF Program for International Research and Education.

2014 to 2016: Co-Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation, $349,725. PI: Deborah Thomas; Co-PI: Brian Gerber.
Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers:An Education and Training Proposal.

2014 to 2016: Principal Investigator. TX Commission on Environmental Quality, $173,228.
Galveston Bay Estuary Program Status and Trends Maintenance Project.

2011 to 2013: Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation, $345,891. Co-PIs: Wesley Highfield, Michael Lindell.
Examining the 100-year Floodplain as a Metric of Risk, Loss, and Household Adjustment.

Awards & Recognition
2017: Texas A&M Presidential Impact Fellow
2016: Texas A&M University Regents Professor
Professional Appointments

2017-2018: Urban Flood Study Committee. National Academy of Sciences

2016-2018: Department of Homeland Security Flood Apex Research Board

2003-present: Faculty Fellow. Hazards Reduction and Recovery Center (HRRC), Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

2016-present: Fellow. Kinder Institute, Rice University, Houston, TX.

2008-present: Fellow. Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy (ISTPP), Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

2006-present: Founding Fellow. Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center Conference, Rice University, Houston, TX.

Current Graduate Students

Funded Research Associates/Scientists/Post Docs

Yoonjeong Lee
Will Mobley
Kayode Atoba
Russell Blessing
Antonia Sebastian

Funded Students

Jayton Rainey
Kirana Pandian
Jaimlyn Korol
Laura Sterns
Abby Hotard
Mariah McBride
Samantha Dunn