Dr. Stephanie Glenn is the Vice President of Research – Water. She is responsible for the development and supervision of projects to improve the sustainable management of water and ecological resources. Her current research includes coastal groundwater quality and quantity, watershed protection and surface water quality, climate resilience, water sustainability and management, ecosystem adaptation, and climate impacts on water resources.
Dr. Glenn leads a team of scientists, sustainability experts, and support staff that work to incorporate independent research into advancing scientific solutions relating to climate and water issues. In addition to her leadership activities, her research focuses on the analysis and dissemination of data relating to water quality and quantity, watershed health, climate impacts on water and the health and productivity of coastal watersheds and the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Glenn has experience managing and analyzing large environmental monitoring data sets, developing climate and water risk indicators, and disseminating science-based information to interested stakeholders and the public.
Dr. Glenn joined HARC in January of 2003 after graduating with a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She earned a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Northwestern University. She previously worked for the Department of Energy in Defense Programs as a specialist in information management and technical writing. She has also worked for The National Park Service as an ecological scientist.
Authored Publications and Related Projects
Mace, R. E., Glenn, S., Ellis, J., Miller, G. R., Oliver, W., Seifert, W. J., Sharp, Jr., J. M., Tracy, J., and Wang, G. (2021). Observed and potential land subsidence in the Gulf Coast Aquifer of Montgomery County. Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS) GeoGulf Transactions, 71, p. 455.
Stephanie Glenn and L. James Lester. (2021). Declining Environmental Flows. In J. Schmandt, A. Kibaraglu, R. Buono & S. Thomas (Eds.), Sustainability of Engineered Rivers in Arid Lands: Challenge and Response (pp. 66-76). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Stephanie Glenn. (2021). Depletion of Groundwater: The Surface-Groundwater Connection. In J. Schmandt, A. Kibaraglu, R. Buono & S. Thomas (Eds.), Sustainability of Engineered Rivers in Arid Lands: Challenge and Response (pp. 46-56). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dillingham, G., Gonzalez, L., Badoian-Kriticos, M., & Glenn, S. (2019). Funding Resilience in the Greater Houston Region: Synopsis from a Public-Private Sector. (Green Paper Report)
Stephanie M. Glenn, Ryan M. Bare and Bradley S. Neish. (2017). Modeling Bacterial Load Scenarios in a Texas Coastal Watershed to Support Decision-Making for Improving Water Quality. Texas Water Journal, 8(1), pp 57-66.
The new Strategic Plan includes new Mission and Vision statements, and comprehensive Strategic Initiatives and Actions that detail how we will develop and implement programs that address the challenges related to sustainability, resilience, and climate equity.
Investors, regulators, insurance companies, and rating agencies recognize the risks associated with climate change impacts and call for greater transparency. Beyond the growing push for decarbonization of the energy system, extreme weather increasingly affects business operations and the bottom line. HARC's Climate and Resilience series will feature reports and date meant to better prepare communities for climate change impacts.
HARC’s team announces the first in a series of white papers providing an analysis of the risks within Texas’ power sector, Powering the future: Texas Power Sector Pivoting to Climate Resilience. This position paper provides keen insight into the changing landscape of climate risk disclosure and climate change impacts on the power sector in Texas while highlighting key opportunities for resilience during this crucial time.
HARC's 2020 Annual Report highlights the successes of the organization and is the result of ongoing partnerships and innovative collaborations.
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.
The Know Your Aquifer Story Map provides information on what an aquifer is, how aquifers are used, how we get drinking water, and what entities govern their usage.
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.
HARC’s most recent Green Paper offers specific examples of how communities can fund recovery along with considerations that should be given to communities and the natural environment.
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 goal of this project is to envision a region, free from trash and plastic pollution that impacts our bayous, lakes and rivers that lead to Galveston Bay.
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.
SERIDAS studies both the benefits and risks of river engineering and how physical and and social drivers of change may predict an engineered river's functioning in 2040 and in 2060.
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.