We are pleased to welcome Dr. Chris Houser as the new Dean of Science, effective July 1, 2016.
Dr. Houser received his BSc and MSc from the University of Guelph in 1997 and 1999 respectively, and his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2004. Following his PhD he completed a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Geological Survey of Canada in Victoria, British Columbia. His research focuses on barrier island evolution in response to storms and sea level rise through the Holocene and in the future, which includes studies ranging in scale from the transport of individual grains of sand to the role of the framework geology on island evolution. He also maintains an active research program focused on rip current development and beach user perception of the rip hazard in Florida, Texas and Costa Rica. He also serves as the Associate Editor for Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, and is on the executive board of the International Association of Geomorphologists.
Dr. Chris Houser was formerly the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs and Faculty Development in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. In addition to his role as Associate Dean, Dr. Houser was also the Global Faculty Ambassador in the Office of the Provost at Texas A&M University, supporting faculty, staff and students in the development of international research and education programs.