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
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.

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.

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.

Zhu, J., M.H. Young, J. Osterberg. 2011. Impacts of riparian zone plant water use on temporal scaling of groundwater systems. Hydrol. Proc. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8241.

Wilcox, B.P., L. Turnbull., M.H. Young, J. Williams, S. Ravi, M.S. Seyfried, D.R. Bowling, R.L. Scott, M.J. Germino, T.G. Caldwell, J. Wainwright. 2011. Invasion of shrublands by exotic grasses: ecohydrological consequences in cold vs. warm deserts. Ecohydrology. DOI: 10.1002/eco.247.

Zhu, J., M.H. Young, J. Healey, R. Jasoni, J. Osterberg. 2011. Interference of river level changes on riparian zone evapotranspiration estimates from diurnal groundwater level fluctuations. Journal of Hydrology. 403:381-389.

Wilcox, B.P, M.G. Sorice and M.H. Young. 2011. Dryland ecohydrology in the Anthropocene. Geography Compass. 5:112-127, doi: 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2011.00413.x

Devitt, D.A., L.F. Fenstermaker, M.H. Young, B. Conrad, M. Baghzouz, B.M. Bird. 2010.
Evapotranspiration of mixed shrub communities in phreatophytic zones of the Great Basin. J. Ecohydrology. doi: 10.1002/eco.169.

Labahn, S.K. J.C. Fisher, M.H. Young., E. Robleto, D.P. Moser. 2010. Microbially-mediated aerobic and anaerobic degradation of acrylamide in a western U.S. irrigation canal. J. Env. Qual. doi:10.2134/jeq2009.0318.

Acharya, K., Schulman, C., M.H. Young. 2010. Physiological response of Daphnia magna to Linear Anionic Polyacrylamide: Ecological Implications for Receiving Waters. Water Air Soil Pollut. DOI 10.1007/s11270-010-0344-x.

Baghzouz, M., D.A. Devitt, L. F. Fenstermaker and M.H. Young. 2010. Monitoring vegetation phenological cycles in two different semi-arid environmental settings using a ground-based NDVI system: A potential approach to improve satellite data interpretation. Remote Sens. 2010, 2(4), 990-1013; doi:10.3390/rs2040990.

Chen, L. J. Zhu, M. H. Young, and R.B. Susfalk. 2009. An integrated approach to modeling solute transport in streams and canals with applications. J. Hydrology. 378:128–136.

Zhu, J. and M.H. Young. 2009. Uncertainty and sensitivity of evapotranspiration estimates for semi-arid shrublands. J. Am. Water Resour. Assoc. 45(3):641-653. DOI:10.1111/j.1752-1688.2009.00312.x.

Young, M.H., T.G. Caldwell, D.G. Meadows, L.F. Fenstermaker. 2009. Variability of soil physical and hydraulic properties at the Mojave Global Change Facility, Nevada: Implications for water budget and evapotranspiration. J. Arid Env. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2009.01.015.

Yin, J., M. H. Young, and Z. Yu. 2008. Effects of paleoclimate and time-varying canopy structures on paleowater fluxes. J. Geophys. Res. 113. D06103. doi:10.1029/2007JD009010.

Caldwell, T.G., M.H. Young, J. Zhu and E.V. McDonald. 2008. The spatial structure of hydraulic properties from canopy to interspace in the Mojave Desert. Geophys. Res. Lett. doi:10.1029/2008GL035095.

Young, M.H., G.S. Campbell, J. Yin. 2008. Correcting dual-probe heat-pulse readings for ambient temperature fluctuations. Vadose Zone J. 7:22-30.

Shafer, D.S., M.H. Young, S.F. Zitzer, T.G. Caldwell, E.V. McDonald. 2007. Impacts of
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