Department of Geography and the Environment

Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach


ProfessorPh.D., University of Minnesota-Minneapolis

Professor--Raymond Dickson Centennial Professor #1; Founding Director, Water Quality & Environ. Hydro. Lab; Past President, American Association of Geographers
Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach

Contact

  • Phone: 512-232-1583
  • Office: RLP 3.702
  • Office Hours: On Faculty Research Leave 2019-20
  • Campus Mail Code: A3100

Interests


Geoarchaeology; Hydrology and Water Quality; Geomorphology; Spatial Statistics; Gender, Science, and Human Rights; Mesoamerica; Mediterranean and Near East; Iceland.

Biography


Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach is Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas-Austin, where she is Raymond Dickson Centennial Professor #1. She recently completed her term as Department Chair (2014-2018), as the only woman to ever lead the Department. Dr. Luzzadder-Beach is Associate Faculty of the Theresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and was Fellow of the C.B. Smith Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations from 2014-2019. She is also Affiliated Faculty of the Center for European Studies and the Bernard and Audrey Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at UT. She was Professor of Geography and Associate Provost at George Mason University, where she was a faculty member for over 20 years prior to arriving at UT Austin. She is currently the Past President of the American Association of Geographers (President, 2018-19). Dr. Luzzadder-Beach was awarded, along with Dr. Tim Beach, the 2010 AAG G.K. Gilbert Outstanding Research Award in Geomorphology, and in 2013 she was recognized with the GMU College of Science Outstanding Publication Award. In 2018 Drs. Luzzadder-Beach and Beach were both selected as CSU Chico's Distinguished Alumni for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She specializes in physical geography, hydrology and geomorphology, water chemistry, geoarchaeology, geostatistics, and gender, science and human rights, with field research in Mesoamerica, California, the Mediterranean and Near East, and Iceland. Dr. Luzzadder-Beach’s research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Geographic Society, among other sources, publishing more than 65 peer reviewed book chapters and journal articles. Dr. Luzzadder-Beach is the Founding Director of the Water Quality and Environmental Hydrology Lab in the Department of Geography and the Environment at UT Austin. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota- Minneapolis, and her Bachelor of Arts in Geography from California State University at Chico. 

Courses


GRG 410C • Spatial Data And Analysis

36965 • Spring 2019
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM RLP 1.404

MW 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Lab W 4:00-5:30 p.m.

This is an entry level course that will prepare the student for higher level courses in geographic methods and techniques. The course content consists of a series of modules designed to cover topics common to courses in Cartography, Geographic Information Science, Field Techniques, and Remote Sensing of the Environment.

We will examine quantitative and qualitative methods of sampling, representing, classifying, and analyzing geographic phenomena. We will examine conceptions of temporal and spatial scale, location, distance and direction, and examine a broad range of geographic research methods. Specific topics will include earth shape, gravitational and magnetic fields, map projections, coordinate systems, surveying and navigation, measurements and errors, spatial statistics, and spatial analysis.

Classes will consist of lectures and discussions of the readings. Students will complete ten exercises, a mid-term examination and a final examination. In addition to the lecture, this class has a lab section.

GRG 310C • Spatial Data And Analysis

36890 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 1.402

This is an entry level course that will prepare the student for higher level courses in geographic methods and techniques. The course content consists of a series of modules designed to cover topics common to courses in Cartography, Geographic Information Science, Field Techniques, and Remote Sensing of the Environment.

We will examine quantitative and qualitative methods of sampling, representing, classifying, and analyzing geographic phenomena. We will examine conceptions of temporal and spatial scale, location, distance and direction, and examine a broad range of geographic research methods. Specific topics will include earth shape, gravitational and magnetic fields, map projections, coordinate systems, surveying and navigation, measurements and errors, spatial statistics, and spatial analysis.

Classes will consist of lectures and discussions of the readings. Students will complete ten exercises, a mid-term examination and a final examination.

GRG 390K • Issues In Geography

37325 • Fall 2016
Meets T 4:00PM-7:00PM CLA 3.710

Examines the history, philosophy, and ontology of geography, including its various subfields.
Required of all first-year graduate students in geography.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geography, or graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.
 

 

GRG 396T • Enviro Hydrology & Society

36585 • Fall 2015
Meets T 4:00PM-7:00PM CLA 3.106

Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

GRG 390K • Issues In Geography

37695 • Fall 2014
Meets TH 4:00PM-7:00PM CLA 3.710

Examines the history, philosophy, and ontology of geography, including its various subfields. Required of all first-year graduate students in geography.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geography, or graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.


  • Department of Geography and the Environment

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E. 23rd Street, A3100
    RLP 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712
    512-471-5116