ECIC 2015 Keynote Speaker


Understanding and Mitigating Environmental Impacts from Unconventional Energy Development in Texas


Michael H. Young, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Environmental Systems
Senior Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austing
Editor Vadose Zone Journal

Dr. Michael Young is Associate Director for Environmental Research and Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin. In this capacity, he coordinates research programs for a group of ~25 scientists involved in a variety of research spanning energy/water issues, geological sequestration of CO2, groundwater recharge processes, water quality and resources, coastal processes and geological mapping. Previously, he served as the Acting Executive Director of the Division of Hydrologic Sciences and a Research Professor, Desert Research Institute, in Nevada. He left DRI with the academic rank of Research Professor. He earned his Ph.D. in Soil and Water Science (specializing in soil physics and hydrology) from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Dr. Young has authored or co-authored nearly 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, several book chapters, more than 100 presentations at scholarly meetings, and many other technical reports. He currently serves as Editor of the Vadose Zone Journal and on numerous other committees in scholarly organizations. His personal research interests and experiences include water/energy nexus; groundwater recharge; and the connection between water resources, landscape development, and human interactions.