Elizabeth   Heise

Associate Professor  

Office: BLHSB 2.816
Phone: (956) 882-6769
Email: Elizabeth.Heise@utrgv.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Heise

Dr. Elizabeth Heise studies the interaction between the terrestrial and marine. Dr. Heise studies the beach and dune formation. She also works on riparian issues.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Coastal Processes
    • Riparian Processes
    • Geosciences Education
  • Education

    • PhD, Geology, Texas A&M University, 2001
    • BS, Geology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1990
  • Currently Teaching

    EEMS 7100 04 - Continuing Thesis:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Lee Clapp and Elizabeth Heise. Monitoring of Arroyo Colorado Wastewater Treatment Plants. Commission on Environmental Quality, 2014.

  • Elizabeth Heise, A. Raymond, K. Parsons-Hubbard, S.E. Walker, G. Staff, E.A. Powell, C. Brett, and K.A. Ashton-Alcox. "Wood taphonomy in a tropical marine carbonate environment: Experimental results from Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas," Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (December 2011): 363-379.

  • Elizabeth Verdecchia and Elizabeth Heise. Bacteria Characterization in Segment 2301_01 of the Rio Grande near Brownsville, Texas. International Boundary Water Commission, 2010: 30 pp.

  • Elizabeth Heise, Jude Benavides, Mara Contreras, Andres Cardenas, and Joseph Lemen. "Hurricanes Dolly and Ike damaged the Town of South Padre Island from the Gulf side and bay side in 2008," Shore & beach 77, no. 2 (2009): 30.

  • Mara Contreras, Diana Del Angel, Andres Cardenas, and Elizabeth Heise. "Dune Profiles and Restoration on South Padre Island Texas," 2008 Joint Meeting of The Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM (2008).

  • Timothy Dellapenna, Robert Webster, April Taylor, Elizabeth Heise, Andres Cardenas, Diana del Angel, Jose Aguilar, and Luis Reyes. South Padre Island Sand Source Investigation. General Land Office, Texas, August 2008: 1367 pp.

  • Jennifer CANTU-GRAVES, Kevin EARL, Tamara YOUNG, Jude Benavides, and Elizabeth Heise. "Sediment accumulation in Brownsville resacas (oxbow lakes)," Geological Society of America Joint South-Central and North-Central Sections, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 39, no. 3 (2007): 57.

  • Elizabeth Heise. Future Research Directions in Paleontology. NSF Workshop Report, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2006: 24 pp.

  • George Staff, W Callender, Eric Powell, Karla Parsons-Hubbard, Carlton Brett, Sally Walker, Donna Carlson, Suzanne White, Anne Raymond, and Elizabeth Heise. "Taphonomic Trends Along a Forereef Slope: Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas. II. Time," Palaios 17, no. 1 (2002): 66--83.

  • Eric Powell, Karla Parsons-Hubbard, W Callender, George Staff, Gilbert Rowe, Carlton Brett, Sally Walker, Anne Raymond, Donna Carlson, Suzanne White, and Elizabeth Heise. "Taphonomy on the continental shelf and slope: two-year trends–Gulf of Mexico and Bahamas," Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 184, no. 1 (2002): 1–35.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Chu-Lin Cheng. GEOPATHS: Stimulating Hispanic Participation in the Geosciences (SHIP-GEO), National Science Foundation (NSF), $464,958.00 (September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2019)

  • Elizabeth Heise. Field Measurements & Ambient Water Sampling in the Rio Grande, TCEQ, $8,000.00 (January 2015 - July 2015)

  • Elizabeth Heise. Field Measurements & Ambient Water Sampling in the Rio Grande, TCEQ, $33,690.00 (June 2014 - July 2015)

  • Elizabeth Heise. Diversity and Innovation for Geosciences in Texas (DIG TEXAS) - an Alliance for Earth Science Literacy , NSF, (2012 - 2014)

  • Elizabeth Heise. This research coordination network (RCN) – Climate, Energy, Environment and Engagement in Semiarid Regions (CE3SAR), NSF, (July 1, 2011 - July 31, 2013)

  • Elizabeth Heise. CREST RESSACA - Environmental Studies in San Martin Lake, NSF - CREST, $50,000.00 (2007 - 2012)

  • Elizabeth Heise. Enhancing Water Quality and Dredged Material for the Port of Harlingen (Phase I), Coastal Management Program, Cycle 14 General Land Office, $13,072.00 (2010 - 2011)

  • David Hicks. Infrastructure and Equipment Improvements for the South Padre Island Field Station, NSF – FSML, $135,185.00 (2008 - 2011)

  • Elizabeth Heise. Monitoring of Arroyo Colorado Wastewater Treatment Plants Quality Assurance Project Plan, EPA/TCEQ – ARRA, $113,869.00 (September 2010 - October 2011)

  • Elizabeth Heise. JASON Project Bahia Grande Restoration, Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, $193,896.00 (2007 - 2009)



Selected Presentations


  • Chu-Lin Cheng, Juan Gonzalez, Jihoon Kang, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, Jude Benavides, Elizabeth Heise, James Hinthorne, and Engil Pereira. "Increasing Workforce Diversity through “Stimulating Hispanic Participation in the Geosciences” (SHIP-GEO) Program at Rio Grande Valley/South Texas," The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Geological Society of America (GSA), Indianapolis, IN (November 2018)

  • Elizabeth Heise. "Increasing the Diversity in the Faculty at a Growing Emerging Research Institution," Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Geological Society of America, Seattle (October 2017)

  • Samantha Moore, Elizabeth Heise, and Marty Grove. "Longitudinal and Temporal Comparison of Beach Sand on the Rio Grande Delta System," Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Geological Society of America, Seattle (October 2017)

  • Juan Gonzalez, Chu-Lin Cheng, Jihoon Kang, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, Jude Benavides, Elizabeth Heise, James Hinthorne, and Frank Dirrigl. "Stimulating Hispanic Participation in the Geosciences (SHIP-GEO) at Rio Grande Valley in South Texas: Findings from Year One," The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Geological Society of America (GSA), Seattle, WA (October 2017)

  • Samantha Moore, Andrew Atkinson, Mariel Gonzalez, Vincent Ochoa, Romeo Rubiano, Jovahn Quiroz, Stefany Salinas, Andres Cardenas, and Elizabeth Heise. "A Decade of Dunes: Effects of Hurricane Ike Circa 2008," Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Geological Society of America, Denver (September 2016)

  • Romeo Rubiano, Andrew Atkinson, and Elizabeth Heise. "Anthropogenic Effects to Sand Dunes on Barrier Islands: Brazos Santiago Pass and Port Mansfield Pass, South Padre Island, TX," Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Geological Society of America, Denver (September 2016)

  • Elizabeth Heise, Chu-Lin Cheng, Juan Gonzalez, Jihoon Kang, Jude Benavides, James Hinthorne, and Frank Dirrigl. "Stimulating Hispanic participation in the Geosciences (SHIP-GEO) at Rio Grande Valley in South Texas," 2016 Annual Meeting, Geological Society of America, Geological Society of America, Denver, CO (September 2016)

  • Jungseok Ho, Hudson Deyoe, Lee Clapp, Lucy Camacho, and Elizabeth Heise. "Binational Water Quality Monitoring in the Lower Rio Grande/Rio Bravo: Cooperative Efforts to Protect Vital Transboundary Water Resources," World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, EWRI, Austin, TX (May 2015)

  • Mara Contreras, Joshua Law, Bianca Delgado, and Elizabeth Heise. "Analysis of Metal Pollutants in San Martin Lake," Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Geological Society of America, Denver (2013)

  • Elizabeth Heise. "Collaborations, Joint Field Trips and Making Friends as Methods for Increasing Diversity in Geosciences," Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Geological Society of America, Charlotte (2012)

Current Courses

EEMS 7100 04 - Continuing Thesis:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses