Professor recognized for research on environmental impact of large cities

by Bruce Forey, University of Texas at San Antonio

APRIL 6, 2021 — Cities can have a negative impact on the environment far beyond their infrastructure, specifically on surrounding rivers and streams. That was one of the key conclusions in a study conducted by a group of 10 environmental scientists, including Matthew Troia, assistant professor of environmental science at UTSA.

Their findings were submitted in the paper, “U.S. cities can manage national hydrology and biodiversity using local infrastructure policy,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Their research was recognized by the Ecological Society of America (ESA), who awarded Troia and his fellow authors the 2021 Sustainability Science Award. According to the ESA, the research team demonstrated a novel approach to integrating ecosystem and social sciences, embodying the mission of ESA’s Sustainability Science Award.

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