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Texas A&M University
MS 3147,
College Station, Texas 77843


  • GEOG 203- Planet Earth
  • GEOG 205- Environmental Change
  • GEOG 331 - Geomorphology
  • GEOG 352/GEOL 352- GPS in the Geosciences
  • GEOG 370/666 - Coastal Processes
  • GEOG 604- Sedimentary Processes
  • GEOG 611 - Geographical Research Design

Graduate Research Positions :

An opening for a graduate student (either MSc or PhD) is available for research in coastal geomorphology. Send your resume/CV in pdf format via email to Dr. Houser and apply to the Texas A&M graduate program.

Research Projects:


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Dr. Chris Houser

Associate Professor in Geography and Geology and Geophysics

Ph.D. Geography, University of Toronto at Scarborough, 2004

M.S. Geography, University of Guelph, 1999

B.S. Environmental Science, University of Guelph, 1997


Dr. Houser's general areas of expertise are process geomorphology in coastal and aeolian environments, with a specific focus on the impact of extreme storms on barrier islands and the recovery of barrier islands following storms. His current research projects include the role of boundary conditions in swash zone morphodynamics, wave attenuation through submerged vegetation, geological controls on beach-dune recovery and the evolution of blowouts and parabolic dunes along the coast of Texas.  

Dr. Houser is also the Director for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Ecohydrology of a Tropical Montane Cloud Forest ( and Texas A&M University's first Global Faculty Ambassador in support of Global Engagement with a focus on the Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica (


  • Global Faculty Ambassador, Office of the Provost, Texas A&M University, September 2012-present
  • Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, August 2011-present
  • Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, August 2007 - July 2011
  • Assistant Professor, University of West Florida, August 2004 - July 2007
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Pacific Geoscience Centre, October 2003 - September 2004
  • Associate Lecturer, Royal Roads University, June 2003 - August 2004
  • Doctoral Candidate/Graduate Research Associate, University of Toronto at Scarborough, June 1999 - October 2003

Selected Publications

Weymer, B.A., Houser, C., and Giardino, R. (accepted with revision) Geologic characterization of the beach-dune interface at Padre Island National Seashore.  Submitted to Journal of Coastal Research, January 2013.

Houser, C., Lemmons, K., and Cahill, T. (accepted with revision) Role of the faculty mentor in undergraduate research experiences.  Submitted to Journal of Geoscience Education, December 2012. 

Johnson, J., Cairns, D., and Houser, C. (in press) Coastal marsh vegetation assemblages of Galveston Bay: insights for the East Texas Chenier Plain..  Submitted to Journal of Wetlands, February 2012. 

Caldwell, N., Houser, C., and Meyer-Arendt, K. (in press) Ability of beach users to identify rip currents at Pensacola Beach, Florida.  Accepted to Natural Hazards, March 2013.

Sherman, D.J., Houser, C., Ellis, J.T., Farrell, E.J., Li, B., and Maia, L.P. (in press) Characterization of Aeolian streamers using time-average videography.  Accepted to Journal of Coastal Research for the International Coastal Symposium, January 2013.

Sherman, D.J., Hales, B., Potts, B., Liu, H., Ellis, J., and Houser, C. (in press) Impacts of Hurricane Ike on the beaches of the Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, USA.  Invited submission to Binghampton Symposium Committee for publication in Geomorphology.  Submitted June 2012.    

Houser, C., Arnott, R., Ulzhöfer, S., and Barrett, G (in press) Nearshore Circulation over Transverse Bar and Rip Morphology with Oblique Wave Forcing. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, February 2013. 

Houser, C. (in press) Alongshore variation in beach-dune morphology: Implications for barrier island response and recovery to extreme storms.  Invited submission to Binghampton Symposium Committee for publication in Geomorphology.

Sherman, D., Houser, C., and Baas, A. (2013) Electronic field equipment in process geomorphology.  In: John F. Shroder (ed.) Treatise on Geomorphology, 14, pp. 195-221. San Diego: Academic Press.

Houser, C., and Ellis, J. (2013) Morphodynamic Systems: Beach and Dune Interaction.  In: John F. Shroder (ed.) Treatise on Geomorphology, 10, pp. 267-288. San Diego: Academic Press.

Houser, C., Labude, B., Haider, L., and Weymer, B. (2012) Impacts of Driving on the Beach: Case Studies from Assateague Island and Padre Island National Seashores.  Ocean and Coastal Management, 71, 33-45. 

Houser, C. (2012) Technical Communication: Monitoring bed elevation change in aeolian environments using ultrasonic distance sensors.   Aeolian Research, 6, 75-82.

Houser, C. (2012) Flow separation over a prograding beach step.  Online at Journal of Coastal Research, March 2012. 

Houser, C. (2012) Role of ridge and swale bathymetry in barrier island transgression. Geomorphology, 173/174, 1-16.

Ezer, T., Heyman, W.D., Houser, C., and Kjerfve, B (2012) Extreme flows and unusual water level rise near a Caribbean coral reef: was this a case of a “perfect storm”? Ocean Dynamics, 62, 1043-1057. 

Barrett, G., and Houser, C. (2012) Identifying hot spots of rip current activity using wavelet analysis at Pensacola Beach, Florida.   Physical Geography, 33, 32-49. 

Houser, C., Brannstrom, C., Quiring, S., and Lemmons, K. (2011) Study abroad field trip improves test performance through engagement and new social networks.  Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35, 513-528.      

Houser, C. (2011) Sediment resuspension by vessel-generated waves along the Savannah River, Georgia.  Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 137, 246-257.

McKinney, N., Houser, C., and Meyer-Arendt, K (2011) Direct and indirect mortality in Florida during the 2004 hurricane season.  Journal of Biometeorology, 55, 533-546. 

Houser, C., Barrett, G., and Labude, D. (2011) Alongshore variation in the rip current hazard at Pensacola Beach, Florida.  Natural Hazards, 57, 501-523.

Houser, C., and Mathew, S. (2011) Variability in foredune height depends on the alongshore correspondence of transport potential and sediment supply.  Geomorphology, 125, 62-72. 

Ezer, T., Heyman, W.D., Houser, C., and Kjerfve, B. (2011) Modeling and observations of high-frequency flow variability and internal waves at a Caribbean reef spawning aggregation site.  Ocean Dynamics, 61, 581-598. 

Legates, DR, Mahmood, R, Levia DF, DeLiberty TL, Quiring, S, Houser, C., and Nelson, F.E. (2010) Soil Moisture: A central and unifying theme in Physical Geography.  Progress in Physical Geography, 35, 65-86. 

Houser, C. and Barrett, G. (2010) Divergent behavior of the swash zone in response to different foreshore slopes and nearshore states.  Marine Geology, 271, 106-118.

Houser, C., and Hill, P. (2010) Wave attenuation across an intertidal sand flat: implications for mudflat development.  Journal of Coastal Research, 26, 403-411. 

Houser, C., and Hill, P. (2010) Sediment Transport on Roberts Bank: A Sandy Intertidal Flat on the Fraser River Delta.  Journal of Coastal Research, 26, 333-341.  

Houser, C. (2010) Relative importance of vessel and wind waves to salt marsh erosion at Fort Pulaski National Monument.  Journal of Coastal Research, 26,230-240. 

Houser, C. (2009) Synchronization of transport and supply in beach-dune interaction. Progress in Physical Geography, 33, 733-746. doi:10.1177/0309133309350120

Bradley, K., and Houser, C. (2009) Relative velocity of seagrass blades: Implications for wave attenuation in low energy environments.  Journal of Geophysical Research, Earth Surface, 114, F01004, doi: 10.1029/2007JF000951.

Houser, C. and Barrett, G. (2009). Wave-scale changes in bed elevation of an intermediate foreshore.  Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 64-68.

Houser, C., and Hamilton, S. (2009) Sensitivity of post-hurricane beach and dune recovery to event frequency.  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 34, 613-628. 

Houser, C. (2009) Geomorphological controls on road damage during Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis.  Journal of Coastal Research, 25, 558-568.

Houser, C., Hapke, C. and Hamilton, S., (2008) Controls on Coastal Dune Morphology, Shoreline Erosion and Barrier Island Response to Extreme Storms.  Geomorphology, 100, 223-240.

Houser, C., Hobbs, C. and Saari, B. (2008) Post-hurricane airflow and sediment transport over a recovering dune.  Journal of Coastal Research, 24, 944-953.

Houser, C., and Greenwood, B. (2007) Onshore migration of a swash bar. Journal of Coastal Research, 23, 1-14.

Greenwood, B., Permanand-Schwartz, A., and Houser, C. (2006) Emergence and migration of a nearshore bar:  Sediment flux and morphological change on a multi-barred beach in the Great Lakes.  Geographie Physique et Quaternaire, 60, 31-47.

Houser, C., Greenwood, B., and Aagaard, T.  (2006) Divergent Response of an Intertidal Swash Bar. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 31, 1775-1791.

Liebens, J., Mohrherr, C., Rao, K., and Houser, C.  (2006) Magnitude, spatial distribution and origin of pollution in an urban bayou.  Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 174, 235-263.

Houser, C., and Greenwood, B. (2005) Hydrodynamics and sediment transport within the inner surf zone of a lacustrine multiple-barred nearshore.  Marine Geology, 218, 37-63.

Houser, C., and Greenwood, B. (2005) Profile response of a lacustrine multiple-barred nearshore to a sequence of storm events.  Geomorphology, 69, 118-137.

Gough, B., and Houser, C. (2005) Climate memory and long-range forecasting of sea ice conditions in Hudson Strait.  Polar Geography, 29, 17-26.

Bauer, B., Houser, C., and Nickling, W.G. (2004) Analysis of velocity profiles from wind tunnel experiments with saltation. Geomorphology, 59, 81-98.

Houser, C., and Gough, B. (2004) Variations in Sea Ice in the Hudson Strait: 1971-1999.  Polar Geography, 1, 1-14. 

Houser, C., and Nickling, W.G.  (2000) The emission and vertical flux of PM10 from a clay- crusted surface. Sedimentology, 48, 255-267.

Houser, C., and Nickling, W.G.  (2000) The factors influencing the abrasion efficiency of saltating grains.  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 26, 491-505. 

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