Dr. Ryan Bare is a Senior Research Scientist specializing in Watershed Ecology and the Nature-Based Solutions Program Manager. Dr. Bare applies his expertise in hydrology, ecology, and natural and water resource management to conduct applied research focused on social and environmental challenges across coastal and inland watersheds. His research activities include watershed protection and non-point source water quality, the application and assessment of nature-based solutions such as Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure, and community-based climate resilience planning.
In his capacity as the Nature-Based Solutions Program Manager, Dr. Bare leads multi-disciplinary projects, bringing effective research, actionable outreach, and equitable approaches for the design, planning, and implementation of nature-based practices to the forefront. His vision for the Nature-Based Solutions Program is to combat climate-related impacts in vulnerable coastal communities by co-developing constructive sustainable solutions rooted in nature. He applies his expertise to manage HARC’s ecologically engineered, certified LEED Platinum, certified LEED Zero Energy campus.
Dr. Bare earned a Doctorate in Water Management and Hydrological Science from Texas A&M University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He obtained a Master of Science in Marine Resource Management from Texas A&M University at Galveston, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine and Coastal Resources from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.
Authored Publications and Related Projects
Bare, R., Jennings, M., Vernin, K., Song, Q. (2023). A Case for Cool Trees: Advancing Houston’s Tree Equity.
Bare, R., Vernin, K., Riley, S., Smith, M., Patin, J. (2023). Comprehensive Collaborative Coastal Resilience Plan. Retrieved from Community In- Power and Development Association website.
Cook, M. A., Tremaine, D., Wyatt, B. M., Banner, J. L., Charles, J., Berg, M. Bruno, T., Glazer, Y. R., Callison, C., Mace, R. E., Miller, V., Bare, R., Sanchez Flores, R., Seefeldt, J., Fuller, A., and Niyogi, D. (2023). Addressing challenges to ensuring justice and sustainability in policy and infrastructure for Texas water resources in the 21st century. (in review)
The initiative, “ForUsTree: Creating an Inclusive Community Canopy within Houston and Harris County,” will use equitable and inclusive engagement and a community-based approach to implement multiple tree plantings, reforestation projects, and educational activities in the region’s most vulnerable areas.
Funded by the Mitsubishi Corporation, HARC's report, "A Case for Cool Trees: Advancing Houston’s Tree Equity," provides guidance on how to plan and conduct urban tree plantings equitably to reduce climate and health risks, and makes the evidence-based case for increasing tree canopy and improving tree equity in cities, especially for urban heat mitigation.
The purpose of the RESIN portal is to develop and share a comprehensive set of data describing future climate impacts to the Greater Houston-Galveston Region.
A Vegetative View: Harris County, Texas is a mapping application that presents a series of data layers describing structural characteristics of the urban vegetative canopy within Harris County, Texas
The goal of the Headwaters to Baywaters initiative (launched by Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC), Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP), Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF), Houston Audubon Society (HAS), and Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) ) is to ensure healthy lands, healthy waters, and healthy communities for the greater Houston region.
HARC is partnering with multiple organizations to provide a science-based review of groundwater in the Houston-Galveston Region.
At HARC, we are fortunate to conduct our research and undertake this work out of a living lab that showcases green building design, technology, and operations in action.
The Impacts of Assimilative Capacity of Reservoirs on Coastal Inflows project assesses assimilative capacity of the Lake Livingston reservoir and related impacts on freshwater inflows to the Galveston Bay estuary.
This application is a tool to find out what watershed you live in, and how your watershed fares in terms of overall environmental health.
This website provides data describing Galveston Bay and its surrounding watershed, use the navigation area to explore the status, trends, and indicators of bay health that interest you.
The Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) is a locally-developed, voluntary watershed management plan that helps to restore and protect water quality.
HARC’s Forests and Floods project is funded by the Texas A&M Forest Service. The initiative compiles and develops data to investigate the role that trees, forest, and canopy cover play in flood mitigation.
HARC research team will work with innovative technology methods utilizing Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and spatial analysis to analyze feasibility of debris patterns and hot spots within the region’s waterways.
After Hurricane Harvey, HARC mobilized swiftly to acquire and process data about the flooding and related environmental impacts, such as storm-related spills, pollutants, Superfund site impacts, water quality, air quality, and power generation.
This story map features a discussion of Texas energy and water resources, how the 2011 drought became the driest on record, presented with interactive content and dynamic maps.
This interactive story map from HARC shares information on land use types and the unique interaction with storm water (rain water plus surface water runoff) each has in our region.