Faculty Profile for Dr. Robert Mace

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Dr. Robert Mace
Exec Dir, Meadows Ctr — Meadows Ctr for Water & the Environment
Professor of Practice — Department of Geography
SLH 108
phone: (512) 245-6021

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Growing up in rural Illinois, Robert developed a love of math and rocks which drew him to pursuing a geophysics degree at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. While in New Mexico, Robert developed an interest in water and stayed at New Mexico Tech to earn a masters degree in hydrology. Love and music pulled him to Austin, Texas, where he joined the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. While there, he leveraged a hydrogeologic project for the Superconducting Supercollider into a Ph.D. on contaminant transport in fractured chalk. Robert then used his numerical groundwater modeling skills to develop the first groundwater availability model for Texas which led to a position at the Texas Water Development Board. Robert worked at the Board for 18 years where he rose to be Deputy Executive Administrator for Water Science and Conservation overseeing programs in groundwater resources and management, surface-water resources and environmental flows, water conservation, flood mitigation, and innovative technology including desalination, water reuse, aquifer storage and recovery, and rainwater harvesting. After retiring on Halloween in 2017, Robert joined The Meadows Center for Water and Environment and the Geography Department at Texas State University where he continues work on water issues for Texas.

Teaching Interests

water and policy

Research Interests

groundwater governance, water resources, climate change and water resources

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Mace, R. E. (2019). Foreword to Rosen, R.A., Hermitte, S.M., Pierce, S., Richards, S., and Roberts, S.V., An Internet for water—Connecting Texas water data: Texas Water Journal,. Texas Water Journal (1st ed., Vol. 10, pp. 22–29).
  • Mace, R. E. (2019). Frac sand facilities and their potential effects on the groundwater resources of the Monahans-Mescalero Sand Ecosystem, Permian Basin, Texas. San Marcos, Texas: The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.
  • Mace, R. E., & Votteler, T. H. (2019). Book review—Advances in Groundwater Governance. Groundwater.
  • Mace, R. E. (2018). Future Water Priorities for the Nation—Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, D.C., United States: The National Academies Press.
  • Mace, R. E. (n.d.). The use of water from the Edwards Aquifers.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Texas Water Innovation Hall of Fame, AccelerateH2O. June 15, 2017 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Bureau of Economic Geology Alumnus of the Year Award, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin. June 1, 2015 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Partners in Conservation Award, U.S. Secretary of the Interior. January 2014 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Rainmaker Award, Texas Water Foundation. May 7, 2019

Selected Service Activities

Colloquium Committee
Springflow Stakeholders Group
Technical Advisory Committee of Headwaters at the Comal
Board Member
Texas Land Trust Council
Implementation Committee