Taught every Spring by Dr. Julian
Humans have damaged the health of water resources and fluvial ecosystems on a massive scale and are now faced with the challenge of rehabilitating these ecosystems in order to restore their integrity and sustainability. This course examines the efforts to manage watersheds and restore fluvial ecosystems at broad scales, those that encompass multiple regions. Our discussions will use a geographic perspective where we will focus on the scientific, sociopolitical, cultural, and economic challenges associated with watershed management and large-scale ecosystem restoration.
South Florida and Everglades, one of our case studies where we examine the physical, socioeconomic, and political dynamics of managing this extremely complex system.
Taught every Fall by Dr. Julian
Water is one of the most important and most disputed resources across the globe, and affects everybody’s daily lives. This critical role is a result of the fact that water sustains virtually all life, supports almost all economic activities, and is one of the most valuable and desirable aesthetic resources. In this course, we study the science, management, socioeconomics, and politics of water resources from a geographical perspective. Given the importance of water resources and the fact that a working knowledge of water resources is required for many professional positions, this will be a rigorous course that will provide you with professional-level experience in water resources. You will get your feet wet (literally and figuratively) by measuring hydrology, accessing and analyzing water resources data, and producing professional reports on these analyses.
This is my outdoor classroom: San Marcos River at Texas State University. Professor Julian is in front row, 4th from right.
Here we are just downstream of an old milldam (now Saltgrass) on October 31, 2013, observing the Halloween Flood. Even Huck Finn decided to join us.