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Dr. Elizabeth Heise

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Dr. Elizabeth Heise
Assistant Professor of Geology and Oceanography
Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Department
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Degrees:

PhD, Geology; Texas A&M University - College Station

Classes Taught:

Physical Geology
Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
Historical Geology Lab
Principles of Earth Science
Principles of Earth Science Lab
Introduction to Environmental Sciences Laboratory
Earth Science for Educators (Graduate)
Oceanography
Oceanography Lab
Conservation of Natural Resources (Undergrad/Graduate)
Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
Geoscience Field Excursion
Coastal Geology
Research Problems in Environmental Sciences
Environmental Sciences Internship
Special Topics in Environmental Sciences – Riparia, and
Environmental Sciences Field Methods and Data Analysis.

Research Interest:

Dr. Heise studies the fate of terrestrial organic matter in marine and estuarine systems. The sediments and fossils found in these systems insight to the history of the ecosystem.

She has conducted research in the Bahamas and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, her research is focused on monitoring the restoration of the Bahia Grande estuary. Bahia Grande is a wind-driven tidal flat adjacent to Lower Laguna Madre in South Texas. The natural water flow to the estuary was restricted by the construction of the Brownsville Ship Channel during the 1930's. In July 2005, a pilot channel was opened, thus water flow has been improved. Plans are in place to build additional interior channels and to widen the existing pilot channel in the near future.)

Projects:

Arroyo Colorado Water Quality Assessment
Dune Restoration on South Padre Island
Bahia Grande/Laguna Atascosa Wetland Restoration
Rio Grande Bacteria Impairment Study
Sediments in San Martin Lake

Curriculum Vitae

Recent scholarly work and selected publications

Heise, Elizabeth A., Benavides, Jude A., Contreras, Mara, Cardenas, Andres and Lemen, Joseph, 2009, Hurricanes Dolly and Ike damaged the Town of South Padre Island from two different directions in 2008, Shore and Beach, vol 77, no 3 p. 30-36.

Contreras, Mara, Del Angel, Diana, Cardenas, Andres, and Heise, Elizabeth A., 2008, Dune Profiles and Restoration on South Padre Island Texas, Abstracts with Programs 2008 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Houston.

Aguilar, José M., Jr., Heise, Elizabeth A., Peña, Gonzalo, IV, Roberts, Clinton D. and Vakhlamov, Pavel, 2008, Monitoring Sediment Distribution in the Bahia Grande Wetlands Restoration Project, Abstracts with Programs 2008 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Houston.

Heise, Elizabeth A., 2008, Advice For the New/Returning Professor: What I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Teaching, 20th BCCE, Bloomington.

Jose M. Aguilar Jr., Andres Cardenas, Michelle Clark, Schaune Collins, Diana C. Del Angel, Mara Contreras, William Cortez, Anna Flores, Jonathan Flores, Dr. Elizabeth A. Heise, Jorge Martinez, Luis Reyes, Clint Roberts, Erick Tripp and Tamara Young, 2008, Dune Restoration Pilot Project for South Padre Island, Texas, Texas Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Corpus Christi.

Roberts, Clinton D., Aguilar, Jose M. Jr., and Heise, Elizabeth A., 2007, Sediment Distribution Analysis Using GIS for the Bahia Grande Wetland Restoration, South Texas, Abstracts with Programs 2007 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Denver.

Del Angel, Diana, and Heise, Elizabeth A., 2007, Black Mangrove Transplantation for Shoreline Stabilization in the Bahia Grande Wetland Restoration Project, South Texas, Abstracts with Programs 2007 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Denver.

Heise, Elizabeth A., 2007, Cultural Connections in Geoscience Education, GSA Joint South-Central and North-Central Sections 2007 Abstracts with Programs, Lawrence, KS. Cantu-Graves, Jennifer R., Earl, Kevin, Young, Tamara, Benavides, Jude A., Heise, Elizabeth A., 2007, Sediment Accumulation in Brownsville Resacas (Oxbow Lakes), GSA Joint South-Central and North-Central Sections 2007 Abstracts with Programs, Lawrence, KS.

Heise, Elizabeth A., and Benavides, Jude A., 2006, Bahia Grande: A Community Driven Restoration Project, 3rd National Conference on Estuarine and Habitat Restoration, Restore Americas Estuaries, New Orleans.

Heise, Elizabeth A., Benavides, Jude A., and Cintra Buenrostro, Carlos E., 2006, Teaching Environmental Science along the US/Mexico Border at the University of Texas at Brownsville, Proceedings of CREST-RESSACA, Monterrey, Mexico.

Heise, Elizabeth A., and Benavides, Jude A., 2006, Building an Environmental Sciences Program with a Strong Geosciences Component Along the US/Mexico Border, Abstracts with Programs 2006 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Philadelphia.

Aguilar, José Manuel Jr., Roberts, Clint D., and Heise, Elizabeth A., 2006, Large-Scale Wetland Restoration Driven by Public Health Issues, Bahia Grande South Texas, Abstracts with Programs 2006 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Philadelphia.

Roberts, Clint D., Aguilar, José Manuel Jr, and Heise, Elizabeth A., 2006, Sediment Distribution in the Bahia Grande Wetlands, South Texas, Abstracts with Programs 2006 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Philadelphia.

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