Frank   J.  Dirrigl  Jr.

Associate Professor  

Office: ESCNE 2.344
Phone: (956) 665-8732
Email: Frank.Dirrigl@utrgv.edu

Dr. Frank J. Dirrigl Jr.

Dr. Frank J. Dirrigl, Jr. is a tenured Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), previously University of Texas Pan American (UTPA), Edinburg TX. Before joining UTPA, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Post University, Waterbury CT, where he also was involved in establishing its Environmental Theories & Applications Program. Additionally, Dr. Dirrigl has a long record of serving as a professional environmental scientist in industry for environmental permitting with civil engineering firms, federal/state/municipal government agencies, and non-profit organizations, which has led to him producing over 85 environmental science technical reports.





Selected Publications


  • Frank Dirrigl, Guadalupe Medina, Jr., and Robert Edwards. "Rapid environmental assessment of a drainage canal system to identify bioreference sites for wetland permitting.," Environmental Practice 16, (2014): 19-28.

  • Frank Dirrigl and Christopher Vitek. "Socioenvironmental Factors and Potential Dengue Exposure in South Texas," The Applied Anthropologist 33, no. 1 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2013): 8.

  • Frank Dirrigl Critical Habitat Survey for Seaside Goldenrod Stem Borer (Papaipema duovata): Proposed Thomas Road Bikeway, Town of Groton CT. 2008.

  • Frank Dirrigl Critical Habitat Survey for Tiger Beetles (Cincindelidae): Proposed Connecticut River Boat Launch, Town of Portland CT. 2008.

  • Frank Dirrigl Ecological Habitat Assessment, Feasibility Study for Proposed Dam Removal, GLN Construction Management Inc., Bloomfield CT. 2008.

  • Frank Dirrigl Ecological Habitat Assessment, Naugatuck Renaissance Place, CEPA & EIE, Town of Naugatuck, CT. 2008.

  • Frank Dirrigl, Josh Wilson, Ecological Risk Assessment: Screening Level, Sherwood Mills Industries Properties, 10 Main Street, Kensington CT. 2008.

  • Frank Dirrigl Massachusetts Endangered Species Act: Northeast Utilities Operation and Maintenance Plan (OPM) Implementation. 2008.

  • Frank Dirrigl Rare Species Evaluation of the Scituate Reservoir Properties, Providence Water. 2008.

  • Frank Dirrigl Vernal Pool Evaluation: Route 66/East Highway Street, East Hampton CT. 2008.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Erin Schuenzel. STEP UP to USDA Career Success: Science, Technology and Environmental Programs for Undergraduate Preparation to USDA Career Success, USDA-HSI , $3,200,000.00 (September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2016)



Selected Presentations


  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Frank Dirrigl. "Local Educational Engagement and Experiential Learning in Stormwater Management," Annual Stormwater Quality Conference, Rio Grande Valley Stormwater Management, (May 2016)

  • Frank Dirrigl. "Recognizing the Roles of Ethnoscience, Traditional Knowledge, and Emic Approaches towards Citizen Science and Sustainable Development Projects: Implications for the Rio Grande Valley, Texas," Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability Summit, (May 2016)

  • Frank Dirrigl and Thomas Eubanks. "Shoreline Diptera as Potential Bioindicators of Metals in Freshwater and Marine Habitats," 119th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Sciences, (April 2016)

  • Frank Dirrigl. "The Perfect Match: Environmental Impact Assessment and Challenge Based Instruction in a Multidisciplinary Field of Study," Challenged-Based Instruction Conference, Center of Excellence in STEM Education, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (April 2016)

  • Frank Dirrigl and Hanna Jung. "Chemical Composition and Historical Taphonomy of Bird Bones Exposed to Simulated and Natural Salt Lake Environs: Research Project Development," 8th Bird Working Group Meeting, International Council for Archaeozology (ICAZ), (January 2016)

  • Frank Dirrigl. "AP Environmental Science Testing: Improving Student Answers to Free-Response Questions," High School Science Education Conference, The RGV Science Association , (2015)

  • Frank Dirrigl. "AP Environmental Science Testing: Improving Student Answers to Free-Response Questions," 118th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Sciences, (April 2015)

  • Frank Dirrigl, M. Bazaldua, C. Huston, and M. Villarreal. "Evaluating Stormwater Open-Canal Structural Best Management Practices for Water Quality in South Texas," National Association of Environmental Professionals, (2014)

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BIOL 4201 10 - Biology Problems I:
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BIOL 4400 90L - Biological Communication:
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ENVR 3302 01 - Envr Ethics:
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ENVR 4302 01 - Envr Impact Analysis:
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BIOL 4400 91L - Biological Communication:
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BIOL 4201 J - Biology Problems I:
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ENVR 4303 01 - Envr Sci Res Proj:
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