Heather Wade, M.S.
Heather Wade is a PhD student in the Coastal and Marine Policy and Law Program under Dr. Richard McLaughlin. Wade's research focuses on how coastal planning, management, and policy can be used to enhance coastal resilience to flooding and sea level rise in the built and natural environment. Her research interests include coastal hazards, wetland ecosystem services, modelling, coastal policy, and land use planning.
Wade is the Associate Director of the Texas Sea Grant College Program. She leads strategic planning, reporting, and database management for the program. She is also responsible for the organization’s sponsored projects portfolio.
Wade joined the staff in June 2011 as the program’s and state of Texas’ first Coastal Planning Specialist. She developed and implemented the coastal planning program to provide planning expertise and assistance to coastal communities and natural resource managers. Her work involved helping communities assess their resilience to natural hazards and assess and update their comprehensive plans and land use ordinances. She provided technical assistance to urban planners and coordinated and facilitated small and large workshops related to land use and environmental planning.
In 2015, Wade took a position with the State of Oregon as the Coastal State-Federal Relations Coordinator for the Oregon Coastal Management Program and Department of Land Conservation and Development. In that role, she managed a statewide database on coastal development and restoration projects, performed federal consistency reviews, managed grant projects, and networked with local, state, and federal governments to reach solutions to conflicts on the Oregon coast.
She received a bachelor of science in Environmental Studies with minors in Geography and Earth Sciences from Texas A&M University and a Master of Urban Planning with a focus on Land Use and Environmental Planning with a certificate in Environmental Hazards Management, also from Texas A&M University.