Samuel Brody

Senior Fellow

Samuel D. Brody, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow at The Water Institute of the Gulf. He is a Regents Professor and holder of the George P. Mitchell ’40 Chair in Sustainable Coasts in the Department of Marine and Coastal Environmental Science at Texas A&M University, Galveston Campus. He is also the Director of the Institute for a Disaster Resilient Texas and Director of Center for Texas Beaches and Shores, an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, and was the Lead Technical Expert for the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. In 2016, Dr. Brody was appointed to the Urban Flood Study Committee by the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Brody’s research focuses on coastal environmental planning, spatial analysis, flood mitigation, climate change policy, and natural hazards mitigation. He has published numerous scientific articles on flood risk and mitigation, and the book, Rising Waters: The causes and consequences of flooding in the United States published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Brody teaches graduate courses in environmental planning, flood mitigation, and coastal resiliency and has worked in both the public and private sectors to help local communities adopt flood mitigation plans. For more information, please visit or