Jude   A.  Benavides

Associate Professor  

Phone: (956) 882-5938
Email: Jude.Benavides@utrgv.edu

Dr. Jude A. Benavides

PhD / MS in Environmental Science and Engineering – Rice University. BS Civil Engineering – Univ of Notre Dame. Experience: 15 yrs academic – hydrology / water resources; Associate Professor with tenure at UT Brownsville for 13 yrs; 20 yrs environmental engineering consulting; 12 yrs U.S. Naval Officer (Surface Warfare and Naval Nuclear Power Officer). Research specialization in flood alert systems, floodplain mapping, water quality monitoring, and water resources analysis in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.





Selected Publications


  • Jeff Wilson, Jude Benavides, Karen Engle, Denise Gilman, Anthony Reisinger, Jessica Spangler, and Joe Lemen. "Due Diligence and Demographic Dis-parities: Effects of the Planning of US-Mexico Border Fence on Marginalized Populations," Southwestern Geographer 14, (2010): 42–56.

  • Linda RODRIGUEZ, Elizabeth Heise, Jude Benavides, Mara CONTRERAS, Diana DEL ANGEL, Jose AGUILAR, Jr, Andres Cardenas, and Pavel VAKHLAMOV. "UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT CLASS AND INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS THAT BECOME LARGER SCALE RESEARCH PROJECTS," 2010 GSA Denver Annual Meeting (2010).

  • Linda RODRIGUEZ, Robert WALSDORF, Pavel VAKHLAMOV, Elizabeth Heise, Jude Benavides, Mara CONTRERAS, Andres Cardenas, and Diana DEL ANGEL. "HURRICANE IKE-ONE YEAR LATER: DAMAGE TO THE COASTAL SYSTEM ON SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS," 2009 Portland GSA Annual Meeting (2009).

  • 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.

  • Jeff Wilson, Jude Benavides, Anthony Reisinger, Joseph Lemen, Zachary Hurwitz, Jessica Spangler, and Karen Engle. "An analysis of demographic disparities associated with the proposed US-Mexico border fence in Cameron County, Texas," The Working Group on Human Rights and the Border Wall, University of Texas, Austin, TX, http://www. utexas. edu/law/centers/humanrights/borderwall/analysis/briefing-an-analysis-of-Demographic-Disparities. pdf (2008).

  • Anthony Reisinger and Jude Benavides. "Hydrographic Changes within South Texas, a Historical Perspective Using GIS," 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.

  • 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.

  • Jude Benavides. "Advanced methods for improving the lead-time and accuracy of a flood alert system in an urban watershed," Rice University (2005).

  • Phil Bedient, Anthony Holder, Jude Benavides, and Baxter Vieux. "Radar-Based Flood Warning System Applied to Tropical Storm Allison," Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 8, no. 6 (November 2003): 308-318.

  • Jude Benavides, Brian Pietruszewski, Brian Kirsch, and Philip Bedient. "Analyzing flood control alternatives for the Clear Creek watershed in a geographic information systems framework," Bridging the Gap: Meeting the World’s Water and Environmental Resources Challenges. 2001: 1–10.



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)

  • Jude Benavides. Brownsville Area Resaca Watershed Characterization, Texas Water Resources Institute / EPA, $98,488.00 (2014 - 2017)

  • Jude Benavides. Arroyo Colorado Bacterial Source Tracking, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board / EPA, $55,704.00 (2013 - 2016)

  • Jude Benavides. Resaca Rangers: Establishing a School-based Network to Monitor Ecosystem Health of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Resacas and Estuaries , NOAA, $99,402.00 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016)

  • Jude Benavides. Resaca Rangers: Establishing a School-Based Network to Monitor Ecosystem Health of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Resacas and Esturaries, NOAA - Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program, $99,402.00 (June 2014 - June 2016)

  • Jude Benavides. Watershed Protection Plan Updated for the Arroyo Colorado , Texas Water Resources Institute / EPA, $81,175.00 (2012 - 2015)

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

  • Jude Benavides. Cultural Landscape Inventory of the Fort Texas Siege Site, The American Battlefield Protection Program / National Park Service, $26,000.00 (2010 - 2011)

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

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



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)

  • Jose Garza, Mellory Grannum, Reed Smetter, and Jude Benavides. "Supporting a Watershed Characterization Study in the Lower Laguna Madre / Brownsville Ship Channel Watershed though Bacteria Monitoring of Brownsville Area Resacas and Ox-bows," UTRGV High Scholars Symposium, College of Science - UTRGV, UREC - Edinburg Campus of UTRGV (August 2017)

  • Jude Benavides and Jaime Flores. "Update to the Lower Laguna Madre / Brownsville Ship Channel Watershed Characterization Effort," Lower Rio Grande Valley Storm Water Task Force / UTRGV Water Quality Management and Planning Conference, LRGV Stormwater Task Force / UTRGV, South Padre Island, Texas (May 2017)

  • Juan Castaneda, Joseph Estrada, Guadalupe Garcia, and Jude Benavides. "Water Quality Data Collection and Bacterial Analysis in Support of a Bacterial Source Tracking Effort for the Arroyo Colorado in South Texas," UTRGV College of Science First Annual Symposium, UTRGV (March 2017)

  • Jude Benavides. "Hydrology and Environmental Engineering," Vertical Environmental Education Project at Quinta Mazatlan, City of McAllen - Quinta Mazatlan, Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, Texas (March 2017)

  • Jude Benavides. "Resacas in Cameron County and the Hydrography of the Rio Grande Valley," Texas Master Naturalist - Rio Grande Valley Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist, San Benito, Texas (March 2017)

  • Jude Benavides. "Delineating Stream Flowlines and Watershed Boundaries in the LRGV using LIDAR-derived Digital Elevation Models," Rio Grande Valley Real-Time Flood Forecasting Workshop, Department of Civil Engineering - UTRGV / LRGV Stormwater Task Force, Edinburg, Texas (January 2017)

  • Jude Benavides. "Water Resources in the Lower Rio Grande Valley," Quinta Mazatlan Nature Speaker Series, City of McAllen - Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, Texas (January 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)

  • Jesus Lopez, Beatrice Berlanga, David Lecusay, and Jude Benavides. "Evaluating and Comparing Two Common Water Quality Bacteria Tests in Brownsville Area Resacas and Ox-bows," UTRGV High Scholars Symposium, College of Science - UTRGV, UREC - Edinburg Campus of UTRGV (August 2016)

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