SPECIALIZATION -- Marine and coastal geology, sedimentation, hydrodynamics of sediment transport, nearshore current systems, tidal hydrodynamics, and sea level rise.
sedimentation and tidal
Research was carried out for
one year on
Employed as a geologist for the
Army Corps of
Engineers, Galveston District, summer
in Coastal Studies Section on littoral drift
inlets, on sedimentation within the Houston Ship Channel, and installed
gauges and hurricane surge gages all over the
Participated in a
cruise on the
R.V. Eastward, 1971, to collect cores and bathymetric data along the
Invited field trip
Organized a program
the public in the
Consultant for Southwest Research Institute - Ocean Science and Engineering Laboratory, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1973 to write the final reports for four oceanographic studies of the Louisiana continental shelf.
Research Associate -
University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port
UTMSI CONTRACTS INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING
A study of the
sedimentation and hydrodynamics of the newly (1972) opened
study described above, we analyzed rates of channel erosion and filling
Corpus Christi Office of Marine Geology, I have compiled all existing
quantitative and qualitative about the littoral drift system of the
Under contract with the Southwest Region of the National Park Service, we studied the long term effect of vehicular traffic on backshore vegetation and the stability of the main foredune line. Changes were correlated with traffic intensity and evaluation of the natural plant community in each area.
Co-convenor with E. William Behrens of a Workshop on Coastal Sedimentology, Engineering Geology and Related Environmental Studies, held at U.T. Marine Science Institute, 25-27 September, 1975.
the Department of Geology at the
Extensive field, laboratory,
on the geologic history and sedimentation of wind -tidal flats of
Laguna Madre for a tidal boundary dispute between the upland property
and the state of
Preparation of a
report for RPI
on the erosional history of Mustang and
mapping of the canal system at Padre Isles,
the city of
Very extensive, field,
research on the geologic and hydrologic history of the wind-tidal flats
Kenedy Ranch, Kenedy County, Texas for a tidal boundary dispute between
state of Texas and the upland owner, 1987-95. After years in court, the
Court of Texas returned a judgment in favor of my clients settling the
for tidal boundaries in the State of
Study of the tidal
the mouth of
Expert witness for the John G.
Kenedy Memorial Foundation at the trial in the District Court Travis
Review feasibility studies for
Review plans for stabilizing the entrance channel to Island Moorings Marina and Development with geotube jetties and other structures. For Airport and Channel Corporation, January 1997.
Prepare report on the
Prepare report on shoaling in
Prepared report on Beach
Permanent Sand Loss Through
Prepared a report on Severe Beach Erosion at Surfside, Texas Caused by Engineering Modifications to the Coast and Rivers, 2003, for home owners at Surfside Texas. Serving as an expert witness in litigation with the state.
Prepared a report on
Material Disposal on the John G. and
Faculty member and
CLE International Texas Coastal Law conference,
Speaker at Coastal
Technical Erosion conference, Sept. 14-16, 2005 in
Invited to present a talk at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute public lecture series. My talk was titled Protect the Natural Dune Seawall: Our First Line of Defense Against Hurricanes at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas, Texas, January 12, 2006. It was attended by a standing room only crowd of over 200.Faculty member and presenter at CLE International Texas Coastal Law conference,
Ex-Officio member of the temporary Beach Maintenance Committee appointed by the City Council of Port Aransas from May to November 2006. My position was to educate and guide the committee, city staff and GLO representatives in finding better beach management practices to protect and enhance our natural dune seawall.
Invited speaker at Del Mar College in
Invited speaker at the Harte Research
Invited speaker at the American Shore
and Beach Preservation Association - Texas General Land Office
Conference in Galveston, Texas on October 24, 2007. The paper was
Growth of the Natural Dune Seawall with Maintenance of Tourist Beaches”
Served as an expert witness for the Brown McCarroll and Baker Botts
firms who were representing two wind farm companies Babcock and Brown
Iberdrola respectively. The Coastal
Habitat Alliance brought suit in federal court to stop construction of
two large wind farms on the Kenedy Ranches in Kenedy Co.,
Dr. Watson presented a talk titled Was
Hurricane Ike a wake-up call, or are we going back to sleep? on January 15, 2008 at the
Dr. Watson presented a talk titled Was
Hurricane Ike a wake-up call, or are we going back to sleep? on January 15 and February 17, 2009 at
Invited participant and speaker in the
Coast Marine Conference in
Presented an invited lecture in the
Series at the
Presented an invited lecture at the Sargassum Conference 2009 held at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas, Texas on April 30, 2008. The talk was titled What has Hurricane Ike taught us about beach and dune management?
Published an invited article titled "Evaluation of coastal response to Hurricane Ike through pre-storm and post-storm aerial photography" in Shore and Beach Vol. 77, No. 2, 49-59. This entire issue of Shore and Beach, the Journal of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association is dedicated to description and analysis of the damage to the Louisiana and Texas coasts by Hurricane Ike which came ashore on September 13, 2008.
Presented an invited lecture on Hurricane Ike to the Builders Association of Corpus Christi on May 6, 2009.
On June 4-5, 2009 The Texas General Land Office held the Texas Coastal Conference 2009 in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Watson gave an invited presentation titled What has hurricane Ike taught us about beach and dune management. You can download and watch this narrated powerpoint presentation at the following link. The file is about 20 mb, so it is best to download it rather than just click on it, unless you have a very fast internet connection. Download the presentation here.Frequently invited to give presentations to area Rotary, Kiwanis and other service clubs.
SUBSIDIARY LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES
Thirty years of experience as
navigator of small vessels to 110 ft. and 200 tons in coastal and ocean
service. Over 100,000 miles of ocean experience. This includes
fishing vessels, sail and motor yachts and oil field service vessels. Entries in many countries including
about 20 transits of
Extensive experience in designing and fabricating research equipment. Ability to service most mechanical and simple electronic equipment. Experience in digital photography, computer programming, spreadsheet construction, computer drafting & drawing and internet.
PUBLICATIONS AND REPORTS
Behrens, E.W. and R.L. Watson, 1967. Sorting of Bivalves, an indication of longshore drift, abs., Texas Journal of Science.
Behrens, E.W., and R.L. Watson, 1969. Differential sorting of pelecypod valves in the swash zone, Journal of Sedimentary. Petrology, V. 39, No. 1, 159-165.
there a longshore drift convergence on Central Padre Island, abs., Transactions
of shell beaches, Padre Island,
Thesis, The University of Texas at
Watson, R.L., 1969. Modified Rubey's law accurately predicts sediment settling velocities, Water Resources Research, V. 5, No. 5, 1147-1150.
Behrens, E.W., 1971, Nearshore surface currents, southeastern
Watson, R.L., 1971. Origin of Shell Beaches, Padre Island, Texas, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, V. 41, No. 4, 1105-1111.
R.E., R.L. Watson, G.W. Hill, and K.A. Dickinson, 1972. Modern depositional
Environments and Processes,
and Central Padre Island, Texas in:
Padre Island National Seashore
E.W., and R.L. Watson, 1973.
E.W., R.L. Watson, P.D. Carangelo,
and H.S. Finkelstein, 1974. Beach impact study, Padre
National Seashore, in:
E.W., R.L. Watson, P.D. Carangelo,
and H.S. Finkelstein, 1975. Effect of vehicular and
traffic on backshore vegetation and dune development, Final report for
CX 700040146 for studies in the Padre Island National Seashore with the
Southwest Region National Park Service,
littoral drift system of the
relationship between littoral drift rate and the longshore component of
energy flux, Ph.D. dissertation,
The University of Texas at
E.W., R.L. Watson, and C. Mason, 1977. Hydraulics and Dynamics of
Watson, R.L., and E.W. Behrens, 1976. Hydraulics and dynamics of New Corpus Christi Pass, Texas: a case history, 1973-75, GITI REPORT 9, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Engineering Research Center, Ft. Belvoir, VA, 175p.
Behrens, E.W., and R.L. Watson, 1977. Corpus Christi water exchange pass 1972 to 1976, in: Coastal Sediments '77, 5th Symposium of the Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division, Amer. Soc. Civ. Engrs., 790-796.
Oetking, Back, Watson, and Merks. 1979. Physical studies of the nearshore continental shelf of South Central Louisiana: currents and hydrography., in: Ward, Bender, and Reish, eds., The Offshore Ecology Investigation, Effects of Oil Drilling and Production in a Coastal Environment, Rice University Studies, 119-143.
Oetking, Back, Watson, and Merks. 1979. Surface and shallow
nearshore continental shelf of South Central
Richard L. 1979.
Geological history of south Padre
Island wind-tidal flats.
the law firm
of McGinnis, Lochridge
Watson, Richard L., 1979. Bathymetric surveying and mapping of the canal system at Padre Isles Subdivision, North Padre Island, Texas.
and short term erosional history of Mustang
Islands with probable impact due to oil spill clean up procedures.
prepared for RPI in order to evaluate effects of IXTOC oil spill clean
1980, Controlled aerial photography of City of
Watson, Richard L., Tunnell, John W., Jr., Lothrop, William N., and Ratliff, Shannon H., Esq. 1990, Shoreline determination along gently sloping shores: a multidisciplinary approach in the Texas Laguna Madre. The Coastal Society 12th conference, San Antonio, Texas . abs.
Watson, Richard L., Tunnell, John W., Lothrop, William N., and Ratliff, Shannon, H., Esq., 1990. Shoreline determination along gently sloping shores: a multidisciplinary approach; in: Proc. 12th Int. Conf. of the Coastal Society, pp. 755-764.
bay tide and discharge study, in:
Richard L. and Thompson, Randy, 1979, Hydrologic
Study of Water
Structures Blind Oso
Research Report submitted by Archie Walker Engineering to
Watson, Richard L., 1987-1995, Numerous reports submitted to McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore in conjunction with an ongoing investigation of the geologic history and hydrology of the wind-tidal flats of Kenedy County, Texas for the lawsuit between the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation and the State of Texas.
Preliminary report on investigations of the recent geological history
supra-tidal flats of
1989, Sedimentation rates Kenedy Ranch supra-tidal flats.
Numerous Reports, over 30 slide presentations, television appearances,
talk show appearances, and newspaper articles and editorials with
evaluating the feasibility study on Re-opening Packery Channel. Employed by the City of
Watson, Richard L., 1999. Severe Beach Erosion Caused by Permanent Beach Sand Loss Through Rollover Fish Pass, Bolivar Peninsula, Texas. 62p. Prepared for J. Martin Green and Alan McNeill, Attorneys at Law. http://www.texascoastgeology.com/papers/rollover.pdf
Watson, Richard L., 2005. Coastal Law and the Geology of a Changing Shoreline. Report prepared for Texas Coastal Law, Juggling Conflicting Demands and Inconsistent Application of the Rules. May 19-20, 2005, Omni Hotel, Houston., Prepared for CLE International, 31p.
L., 2005. Severe Erosion of Texas Beaches
by Engineering Modifications to the Coast and Rivers. abs.
Texas 2020 Technical Erosion
Conference, Sept. 14-16,
Watson, Richard L., 2006. Coastal Law and the Geology of a Changing Shoreline, 2006. Report prepared for CLE Texas Coastal Law Conference at the Tremont House,
Galveston, TX, May 18-19, 2006.
Watson, Richard L., 2008. Geologic framework of the eolian sand plain and the Central Flats of Laguna Madre and circulation between northern and southern Laguna Madre. Report prepared for the law firms Babcock and Brown and Baker Botts in conjunction with defending two large wind farms on the Kenedy Ranch from a stop work injunction in Federal court.
Watson, Richard L., 2009. Evaluation of coastal response to Hurricane Ike through pre-storm and post-storm aerial photography. Shore and Beach Vol. 77, No. 2, 49-59