Skip Navigation

Person Details: Galen Newman

Superfund Research Program

Galen Newman

Texas A&M University
3137 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3137
Phone: 979-865-4320


Hazardous Waste Sites

Eastern Petrochem Residents - Texas City, TX

  • Texas A&M University: Community Engagement Core

French, Ltd.

  • Texas A&M University: Community Engagement Core

Houston Ship Channel/Galveston Bay

  • Texas A&M University: Community Engagement Core

Montrose Neighborhood - Port Arthur, TX

  • Texas A&M University: Community Engagement Core

Rio Grande City, TX

  • Texas A&M University: Community Engagement Core

San Jacinto River Waste Pits

  • Texas A&M University: Community Engagement Core

Southeast Water Quality - Mercedes, TX

  • Texas A&M University: Community Engagement Core

Southside Industrial Adjacencies - Galena Park, TX

  • Texas A&M University: Community Engagement Core

Willacy County, TX

  • Texas A&M University: Community Engagement Core



  • Ding Y, Lee C, Chen X, Song Y, Newman G, Lee R, Lee S, Li D, Sohn W. 2024. Exploring the association between campus environment of higher education and student health: A systematic review of findings and measures. Urban For Urban Green 91:doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2023.128168 PMID:38313064 PMCID:10835873
  • Zhu R, Newman G, Li D. 2024. The spatial relationship between long-term vacant housing and non-communicable diseases in U.S. shrinking and growing metropolitan areas. Cities 145:104718. doi:10.1016/j.cities.2023.104718


  • Atoba K, Newman G, Sansom G. 2023. Multi-hazard property buyouts: Making a case for the acquisition of flood and contaminant-prone residential properties in Galena Park, TX. Clim Risk Manag 41:100529. doi:10.1016/j.crm.2023.100529
  • Cai Z, Newman G, Lee J, Ye X, Retchless D, Zou L, Ham Y. 2023. Simulating the spatial impacts of a coastal barrier in Galveston Island, Texas: a three-dimensional urban modeling approach. Geomat Nat Hazards Risk 14(1):doi:10.1080/19475705.2023.2192332
  • Cai Z, Zhu R, Ruggier E, Newman G, Horney JA. 2023. Calculating the environmental impacts of low-impact development using long-term hydrologic impact assessment: a review of model applications. Land 12(3):612. doi:10.3390/land12030612 PMID:37324780 PMCID:PMC10270665
  • Cordova AC, Dodds J, Tsai H, Lloyd D, Roman-Hubers AT, Wright FA, Chiu WA, McDonald TJ, Zhu R, Newman G, Rusyn I. 2023. Application of ion mobility spectrometry-mass spectrometry for compositional characterization and fingerprinting of a library of diverse crude oil samples. Environ Toxicol Chem doi:10.1002/etc.5727 PMID:37530422
  • Gharaibeh N, Lee CB, Alhalbouni T, Wang F, Lee J, Newman G, Guneralp B, Van Zandt S. 2023. Quality of stormwater infrastructure systems in vulnerable communities: three case studies from Texas. Public Works Manag Policy 28(4):518-536. doi:10.1177/1087724x231164415 PMID:37719107 PMCID:PMC10503941
  • Lee R, Tao Z, Prybutok S, Jang S, Dalaijamts C, Chiu WA, Newman G. 2023. Unseen risk: Mapping contamination hazards to enhance risk perception in Galena Park, Texas. Clim Risk Manag 41:100532. doi:10.1016/j.crm.2023.100532
  • Newman G, Lee C, Van Zandt S, Ye X, Jourdan D. 2023. Toward a unifying definition and approach for quantifying urban policy performance. J Plan Educ Res 42(4):510-511. doi:10.1177/0739456x221120414 PMID:37153854 PMCID:PMC1016270
  • Ye X, Du J, Newman G, Retchless D, Zou L, Ham Y, Cai Z. 2023. Developing human-centered urban digital twins for community infrastructure resilience: a research agenda. J Plan Lit 38(2):187-199. doi:10.1177/08854122221137861 PMID:37153810 PMCID:PMC10162701
  • Zhu R, Newman G, Han S, Kaihatu JM, Wang T. 2023. An adaptive toolkit for projecting the impact of green infrastructure provisions on stormwater runoff and pollutant land - a case study on the city of Galena Park, Texas, USA. Landsc Archit Front 11(2):72-87. doi:10.15302/J-LAF-1-040031
  • Zhu R, Newman G, Li D, Song Y, Zou L. 2023. Associations between vacant urban lands and public health outcomes in growing and shrinking cities. Urban For Urban Green 89:doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2023.128127 PMID:38274945 PMCID:10810287


  • Bhandari S, Casillas GA, Aly NA, Zhu R, Newman G, Wright FA, Miller A, Adler G, Rusyn I, Chiu WA. 2022. Spatial and temporal analysis of impacts of Hurricane Florence on criteria air pollutants and air toxics in eastern North Carolina. Int J Environ Res Public Health 19(3):doi:10.3390/ijerph19031757 PMID:35162780 PMCID:PMC8835244
  • Du J, Ye X, Newman G, Retchless D. 2022. Network science-based urban forecast dashboard. ARIC
  • Kirsch KR, McDonald TJ, Newman G, Xu X, Horney JA. 2022. Surveys of community garden affiliates and soils in Houston, Texas. Environ Monit Assess 194:330. doi:10.1007/s10661-022-09997-4 PMID:35384492
  • Kirsch KR, Newman G, Zhu R, McDonald TJ, Xu X, Horney JA. 2022. Applying and integrating urban contamination factors into community garden sitting. J Geovis Spat Anal 6(33):doi:10.1007/s41651-022-00129-7
  • Lee J, Newman G. 2022. Predicting detached housing vacancy: A multilevel analysis. Sustainability 14(2):922. doi:10.3390/su14020922
  • Newman G, Li D, Park Y. 2022. The relationships between neighbourhood vacancy, probable PTSD, and health-related quality of life in flood-disaster-impacted communities. Urban Stud doi:10.1177/00420980221083101
  • Newman G, Sansom G, Yu S, Kirsch KR, Li D, Kim Y, Horney JA, Kim G, Musharrat S. 2022. A framework for evaluating the effects of green infrastructure in mitigating pollutant transferal and flood events in Sunnyside, Houston, TX. Sustainability 14(7):4247. doi:10.3390/su14074247
  • Newman G, Zhenhang C, Horney JA, Wuqi L. 2022. Reducing threats from contamination and flood damage: Restoring the Brandywine Creek Edge in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. Landsc Archit Front 10(1):PMID:37152358 PMCID:PMC10162708
  • Song Y, Newman G, Huang X, Ye X. 2022. Factors influencing long-term city park visitations for mid-sized US cities: A big data study using smartphone user mobility. Sustain Cities Soc 80:103815. doi:10.1016/j.scs.2022.103815
  • Van Zandt S, Newman G, Lee C, Jourdan D, Ye X. 2022. Engaged research: inviting residents into the scientific process. J Plan Educ Res 42(3):258-259. doi:10.1177/0739456x221105048 PMID:37151851


  • Atoba K, Newman G, Brody SD, Highfield WE, Kim Y, Juan A. 2021. Buy them out before they are built: evaluating the proactive acquisition of vacant land in flood-prone areas. Environ Conserv 48(2):doi:10.1017/s0376892921000059 PMID:34887609 PMCID:PMC8653987
  • Li D, Newman G, Wilson B, Zhang Y, Brown RD. 2021. Modeling the relationships between historical redlining, urban heat, and heat-related emergency department visits: An examination of 11 Texas cities. Environ Plan B Urban Anal City Sci 20:doi:10.1177/23998083211039854
  • Li D, Newman G, Zhang T, Zhu R, Horney JA. 2021. Coping with post-hurricane mental distress: The role of neighborhood green space. Soc Sci Med 281:114084. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114084 PMID:34107388
  • Newman G, Cai Z, Zhu R, Horney JA, Jang S, Chiu WA. 2021. Gauging the effects of potential chemical transferal on high flood-risk fenceline communities. JEIL 6(2):doi:10.3808/jeil.202100073
  • Newman G, Lee R, Qu A, Pu C. 2021. Design for the depopulating landscape: A retrofit approach to urban regeneration in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA. Landsc Archit Front 8(6):
  • Newman G, Malecha M, Atoba K. 2021. Integrating ToxPi outputs with ArcGIS Dashboards to identify neighborhood threat levels of contaminant transferal during flood events. J of Spa Sci 13:doi:10.1080/14498596.2021.1891149
  • Prybutok S, Newman G, Atoba K, Sansom G, Tao Z. 2021. Combining co$ting nature and suitability modeling to identify high flood risk areas in need of nature-based services. Land 10(8):853. doi:10.3390/land10080853 PMID:34532079 PMCID:PMC8443209
  • Shao H, Kim G, Li Q, Newman G. 2021. Web of Science-based green infrastructure: A bibliometric analysis in CiteSpace. Land 10(7):711. doi:10.3390/land10070711 PMID:34413981 PMCID:PMC8373208
  • Sohn W, Bae J, Newman G. 2021. Green infrastructure for coastal flood protection: The longitudinal impacts of green infrastructure patterns on flood damage. Appl. Geogr 135:doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2021.102565 PMID:34621098 PMCID:PMC8492007
  • Woodruff S, Tran T, Lee J, Wilkins C, Newman G, Ndubisi F, Van Zandt S. 2021. Green infrastructure in comprehensive plans in coastal Texas. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management doi:10.1080/09640568.2020.1835618
  • Zhu R, Newman G. 2021. The projected impacts of smart decline on urban runoff contamination levels. Computational Urban Science doi:10.1007/s43762-021-00002-1 PMID:34888588 PMCID:PMC8653986


  • Horney JA, Dwyer C, Vendrell-Velez B, Newman G. 2020. Validating a comprehensive plan scoring system for health community design in League City, Texas. In: Urban Design and Human Flourishing: Creating Places that Enable People to Live Health and Fulfilling Lives. Taylor and Francis Books, (in press)
  • Horney JA, Dwyer C, Vendrell-Velez B, Newman G. 2020. Validating a comprehensive plan scoring system for healthy community design in League City, Texas. J Urban Des 25:2013-217. doi:10.1080/13574809.2019.1572453 PMID:32132860 PMCID:PMC7055687
  • Kim G, Newman G, Jiang B. 2020. Urban regeneration: Community engagement process for vacant land in declining cities. Cities 102:12. doi:10.1016/j.cities.2020.102730
  • Kim Y, Newman G. 2020. Advancing scenario planning through integrating urban growth prediction with future flood risk model. Comput Environ Urban Syst 82:14. doi:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2020.101498 PMID:32431469 PMCID:PMC7236661
  • Kim Y, Newman G, Guneralp B. 2020. A review of driving factors, scenarios, and topics in urban land change models. Land 9(8):246. doi:10.3390/land9080246
  • Malecha M, Kirsch KR, Karaye I, Horney JA, Newman G. 2020. Advancing the toxics mobility inventory: Development and application of a toxics mobility vulnerability index to Harris County, Texas. Sustainability 13(6):282-291. doi:10.1089/sus.2020.0067
  • Newman G, Kim Y, Joshi K, Liu J. 2020. Integrating prediction and performance models into scenario-based resilient community design. JoDLA 5:510-520. doi:10.14627/537690052 PMID:32856026 PMCID:PMC7448720
  • Newman G, Kim Y, Kim G, Lee R, Gu D, Forghanparast K, Goldberg D. 2020. A python script for longitudinally measuring the duration of vacant land uses. J of Spa Sci 13:doi:10.1080/14498596.2020.1721344
  • Newman G, Shi T, Yao Z, Li D, Sansom G, Kirsch KR, Casillas GA, Horney JA. 2020. Citizen science-informed community master planning: land use and built environment changes to increase flood resilience and decrease contaminant exposure. Int J Environ Res Public Health 17:doi:10.3390/ijerph17020486 PMID:31940904
  • Noh Y, Newman G, Lee R. 2020. Urban decline and residential preference: The effect of vacant lots on housing premiums. Environ Plan B Urban Anal City Sci doi:10.1177/2399808320933906
  • Zhu R, Tao Z, Newman G. 2020. Growth and shrinkage pre and post tsunami in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Landsc Res Rec




  • Kim J, Newman G, Feng H, Merrill J, Park J, Bian J. 2017. Sustainable urbanism for a metropolitan corridor: An evidence-based urban design for Park 10 in Houston, Texas. Landsc Archit Front 5(5):96-109. doi:10.15302/j-laf-20170510 PMID:30386665 PMCID:PMC6207208
  • Meyer M, Hendricks M, Newman G, Horney JA, Berke P, Masterson J, Sansom G, Cousins T, Van Zandt S, Cooper JT. 2017. Urban environmental resiliency: Using participatory methods for hazard adaptation and climate justice in socially vulnerable communities. Int J Disaster Resil Built Environ 9(4):(in press)
  • Reja MY, Brody SD, Highfield WE, Newman G. 2017. Hurricane recovery and ecological resilience: measuring the impacts of wetland alteration post Hurricane Ike on the upper TX coast. Environ Manage 60:1116-1126. doi:10.1007/s00267-017-0943-z PMID:28939984
  • Reja MY, Brody SD, Highfield WE, Newman G. 2017. Understanding the notion between resiliency and recovery through a spatial-temporal analysis of Section 404 wetland alteration permits before and after Hurricane Ike. World Acad Sci Eng Technol 11(4):372-379. PMID:30319740 PMCID:PMC6178950
to Top