The Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences
Michael H. Young
Michael H. Young Associate Director - Environmental Systems Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
E-mail: Telephone: 512-475-8830 Fax: 512-471-0140
Professional Summary
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Research Interests
Water/energy nexus

Soil/water/plant interactions and solute transport in arid vadose zones

Groundwater recharge

Connections between water resources, landscape development, and human interactions

Ph.D., Soil and Water Science (Soil Physics/Hydrology), Univ. of Ariz., Tucson, AZ, 1995

M.S., Geological Sciences (Hydrogeology), Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1986

B.A., Geology (cum laude with honors), Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, 1983
Professional History
Associate Director-Bureau of Economic Geology, 2010-present—The University of Texas at Austin, Earth and Environmental Systems, Austin, TX

Acting Executive Director-Division of Hydrologic Sciences, 2008-2010-Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas, NV

Assistant/Associate/Research Professor—Division of Hydrologic Sciences, 2000-2010, Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas, NV

Senior Research Scientist-School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1998-2000-Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Assistant Research Scientist-Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, 1996-1998-University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Research Specialist (Senior)-Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, 1990-1996-University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Hydrogeologist/Field Ops. Leader, 1988-1990-C.C. Johnson & Malhotra, Silver Spring, MD

Hydrogeologist/Project Manager—Division of Waste Management, 1986-1988-U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Comm., Wash., DC
Selected Publications Since 2012
Chen, L., L. Xiang, M.H. Young, J. Yin, Z. Yu, M.Th. van Genuchten. 2015. Optimal Parameters for the Green-Ampt Infiltration Model under Rainfall Condition. J. Hydrol. Hydromech. 63:93-101, doi: 10.1515/johh-2015-0012.

Karagunduz, A., M.H. Young., K.D. Pennell. 2015. Influence of Surfactants on Unsaturated Flow and Solute Transport. Water Resour. Res. 51:1977-1988. doi: 10.1002/2014WR015845

Pierre, J.P., C.J. Abolt, M.H. Young. 2015. Impacts from above-ground activities in the Eagle Ford Shale play on landscapes and hydrologic flows, La Salle County, Texas. Env. Mgmt. 55:1262-1275. doi: 10.1007/s00267-015-0492-2.

Meyer, N.A., D.O. Breecker, M.H. Young, M.E. Litvak. 2014. Simulating the Role of Vegetation in Formation of Pedogenic Carbonate. Soil Sci Soc. Am. J. doi:10.2136/sssaj2013.08.0326.

Wolaver, B.D., C.E. Cook, D.L. Sunding, S.F. Hamilton, B.R. Scanlon, M.H. Young, X. Xu, R.C. Reedy. 2014. Potential Economic Impacts of Environmental Flows for Central Texas Freshwater Mussels. J. Am Water Res. Assoc. doi: 10.1111/jawr.12171.

Young, M.H., R. L. Green, M. McCullough, D.A. Devitt, L. Wright, B. Vanderford, S.A. Snyder. 2014.
Field-Scale Monitoring of Pharmaceutical Compounds Applied to Active Golf Courses by Recycled Water. J. Environ. Qual. 43:658–670. doi:10.2134/jeq2013.07.0299.

Yang, C., S.D. Hovorka, M.H. Young, R. Trevino. 2014. Geochemical sensitivity to CO2 leakage: Detection in potable aquifers at carbon sequestration sites. Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology. 4:1-16. DOI: 10.1002/ghg.1406.

Vrugt, J.A., D. Or, M.H. Young. 2013. Vadose Zone Journal: The First Ten Years. Vadose Zone J. doi:10.2136/vzj2013.10.0186.

Scanlon, B.R., R.C. Reedy, I.J. Duncan, W. F. Mullican, M.H. Young. 2013. Controls and Trends in the Water Footprint of Thermoelectric Generation: Case Study Texas, U.S. Env. Sci. and Tech. doi: 10.1021/es4029183.

Devitt, D.A., L. Wright and M. H. Young. 2013. Water and salt balances of turfgrass and bare soil irrigated with recycled water in an arid environment. Agron. J. 105:1051–1060. doi:10.2134/agronj2012.0126.

Zhang, Y., C. Papelis, M.H. Young, M. Berli. 2013. Challenges in the application of fractional-derivative models in capturing solute transport in porous media: Darcy-scale fractional dispersion and the influence of medium properties. Math Prob. in Engin.

Caldwell, T.G., T. Wohling, M.H. Young, D.P. Boyle. E.V. McDonald. 2013. Characterizing disturbed desert soils using multiobjective parameter optimization. Vadose Zone J. doi: 10.2136/vzj2012.0083.

Yu, Z. W. Dong, M.H. Young, Y. Li, T. Yang. 2013. On evaluating characteristics of solute transport in the arid vadose zone. Groundwater. doi: 10.1111/gwat.12026.
Caldwell, T.G., M.H. Young, E.V. McDonald, J. Zhu. 2012. Soil heterogeneity in arid shrublands: biotic and abiotic processes. Water Resour. Res. doi:10.1029/2012WR011963.

Chief, K., M.H. Young, D.S. Shafer. 2012. Low-intensity, fire-induced changes of soil structure and hydraulic properties in a woodland-rangeland ecosystem. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 76:1965–1977. doi:10.2136/sssaj2012.0072.

Wright, L., D.A. Devitt, M.H. Young, J. Gan, B. Vanderford, S.A. Snyder, M. McCullough, and L. Dodgen. 2012. Fate and transport of Thirteen pharmaceutical and personal care products in a controlled and irrigated turfgrass system. Agron. J. 104:1244-1254.
Current Services
Graduate Studies Committee, Jackson School of Geosciences, UT-Austin, 2010 – present

Graduate Studies Committee, Energy and Earth Resources Program, UT-Austin, 2014 – present

Editor, Vadose Zone Journal, 2013 – present

Member, Joint Technical Program Committee, Geological Society of America, 2013 - present

Founding Chair, Soils and Soil Processes Interdisciplinary Interest Group, GSA, 2013 – present

Member, Soil Systems and Critical Zone Processes, AGU, 2012 – present

Member, Soil Physics Division Executive Committee, SSSA, 2013 – present

Member, SSSA-AGU Partnership Committee (S682.1), SSSA, 2014 – present

Liaison between GSA Hydrogeology Division and SSSA, GSA, 2014 – present

Member, Critical Needs Working Group, American Geosciences Institute, 2015 – present

Member, National Academies, Geoscience Briefing Consortium, 2015 – present
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