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: michael.young@beg.utexas.edu 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

Education
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/878097.

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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