Superfund Research Program

April 2024

digital map showing water settling points
Newman and his team created a map of water settling points – locations where water tends to accumulate – layered over a map of benzene concentrations.

As head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and a member of the NIEHS-funded Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center at Texas A&M University, Galen Newman, Ph.D., focuses on improving urban resilience against natural disasters, such as hurricanes and flooding. His work shapes community resilience plans that use environmentally conscious landscape design to improve health outcomes.

“I build a lot of science into my design and planning approach,” Newman said. “We use large amounts of spatial analytics up front to create a master plan, and then we present those findings to the communities so they can give us feedback to ensure that we meet their needs.”

To learn more, see the Grantee Highlight featuring Newman and his work.