Matthew Berg

Chair Dr. Brad Wilcox and Dr. Sorin Popescu
Degree Program Ph.D., Ecosystem Science and Management; Assessing Landscape Response to Historical Change in the Edwards Plateau Through Sediment Analysis, Rainfall Simulation, and Spatial Analysis of Vegetation Cover
Phone (979) 450 9671
Email mattberg@tamu.edu
Office/Lab 110 ANIN

Research: Assessing Landscape Response to Historical Change in the Edwards Plateau Through Sediment Analysis, Rainfall Simulation, and Spatial Analysis of Vegetation Cover.

While my current program focuses on ecohydrology, previous efforts have dealt with a variety of environmental management projects, and water has flowed as a common theme through each. Prior to PhD studies, I spent four years with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service conducting watershed planning and outreach programs. Through work in the Plum Creek Watershed, I helped create the first watershed protection plan from the State of Texas accepted by the U.S. EPA. This experience allowed me to consult with other watershed groups as they planned their own management strategies. I also participated in the creation and delivery of the Texas Watershed Steward program, a statewide outreach effort that equips and encourages stakeholders to become involved in local watershed efforts. These and other experiences further instilled a deep appreciation for the exchange between science, public participation, policy, and management. My current studies examine the implications of large-scale ecosystem change on hydrology, vegetation, and soils in semi-arid environments. I am very interested in addressing difficult issues and asking questions that challenge commonly-held beliefs about ecosystems, all to help move forward understanding of the global hydrologic cycle and meet critical future needs.