Michael H Young

Michael H Young
Associate Dean, Jackson School of Geosciences
Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences

Email: michael.young@beg.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 475 8830
Office: JGB , BEG
Mailcode: E0610

Dr. Michael Young is a Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin. His personal research interests and experience are on the movement of water and solutes in arid and semi-arid vadose zones, water/energy nexus, soil/water/plant interactions, groundwater recharge and the connection between water resources, landscape development, and human interactions. Dr. Young has authored or co-authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, several book chapters, more than 200 presentations at scholarly meetings and many other technical reports. He recently served as co-Editor of the Vadose Zone Journal and serves on numerous other committees in scholarly organizations. He was elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America and Soil Science Society of America in 2016.

Previously, he served as the Acting Executive Director of the Division of Hydrologic Sciences (he was also Deputy Director for 5 years), Desert Research Institute, in Nevada. He left DRI with the academic rank of Research Professor. He held assistant and senior research scientist positions at the University of Arizona and Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively, between 1995 and 2000, and has more than 35 years of professional experience. Dr. Young received his B.A. and M.S. in Geological Sciences at Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY, 1983) and Ohio University (Athens, OH, 1986), respectively, with a specialty in Hydrogeology at Ohio University. He earned his Ph.D. in Soil and Water Science (specializing in soil physics and hydrology) from the University of Arizona, Tucson in 1995. While at Arizona, he was named Research Specialist of the Year in the College of Agriculture. He a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and Soil Science Society of America, and a recent recipient of the Walter Award at the Jackson School of Geosciences, the top award given for research and administration across the School.

Areas of Expertise

Ecohydrology of arid and semiarid landscapes; groundwater recharge in both managed agriculture and natural (arid and semi-arid) systems; influence of soil structure and vegetation on water cycling; design and implementation of monitoring systems for above-ground and near-surface below ground environments.

Research Locations

Walter Excellence Award - Jackson School of Geosciences (2017 - 2017)

Fellow - Geological Society of America (2016)

Fellow - Soil Science Society of America (2016)

Editor, Vadose Zone Journal, Soil Science Society of America (2013 - 2016)

Chair, Soils and Soil Processes Interdisciplinary Interest Group, Geological Society of America (2013 - 2015)

Member, Joint Technical Program Committee - Environmental Geosciences, Geological Society of America (2013 - 2015)

Member, Soil Systems and Critical Zone Processes, American Geophysical Union (2012 - Present)

Member, Technical Planning Committee for Environmental Geosciences (2013 ICE), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2012)

Technical Chair, Soil Physics Division S-1, Soil Science Society of America (2011 - 2012)

co-Editor, Vadose Zone Journal, Soil Science Society of America (2010 - 2012)

Associate Editor, Vadose Zone Journal, Soil Science Society of America (2002 - 2010)

Chair, Vadose Zone Committee, American Geophysical Union (2002 - 2004)


Shweta Singh
Solar Photovoltaics, End-of-Life Management, Life Cycle Assessment, Multi-Criteria Decision Making

Graduate Students

Daniel Graf , M.S., expected 2023 (Supervisor)
My research focuses on harmonizing ecosystem services into assessments of the life cycle impacts of utility-scale electricity generation options.

Hazal Kirimli, M.S., 2022 (Supervisor)
Jackson School of Geosciences

Justin Thompson, Ph.D., 2021 (Supervisor)
Jackson School of Geosciences

Taylor Barnhart, M.S., 2021 (Committee Member)
Energy and Earth Resources

Juan Acevedo, M.S., 2020 (Supervisor)

Charles Abolt, Ph.D., 2019 (Supervisor)
Los Alamos National Labs

Jacob Anderson, Ph.D., 2018 (Supervisor)
Jackson School of Geosciences

Jon Paul Pierre, M.S., 2015 (Co-supervisor)
Bureau of Economic Geology

Sean Porse, M.S., 2014 (Supervisor)
Jackson School of Geosciences

The Water Side of Unconventionals. Presented at the Texas Energy Council, 25th Annual Energy Symposium`, Dallas, TX (2013)

Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing – Truth or Fiction. Invited Plenary, AAPG, Cartagena, Colombia (2013)

Water/Land/Energy Nexus for Unconventional Energy in Texas, Argonne National Laboratories, Chicago, IL (2013)

Multi-scale characterization of arid soil properties for predicting landscape processes, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM (2012)

CO2 EOR in Texas: Research, Resources, and Opportunities, Texas House Subcommittee on Energy Resources, Austin, TX (2012)

Energy from Unconventionals: New Hope, New Challenges, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC (2012)

2017Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences