Research AssociateBrazos County
Scoates Hall, Room 125
College Station, Texas, 77843
Organization: Texas Sea Grant / Institute for Sustainable Communities
Matt Malecha joined Texas Sea Grant in February 2019 as part of a collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Communities, where he worked for several years as a graduate research assistant, helping to develop the Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard (PIRS) method and Guidebook while pursuing a PhD in urban and regional sciences. Matt’s research focuses on the ways plans and polices affect community resilience to natural hazards, and how communities can effectively adapt to growing risks and changing conditions.
As a research associate, Matt’s primary responsibility is to contribute to the implementation of the PIRS tool in Texas coastal watershed communities. In partnership with Texas Sea Grant’s Extension Program and the Community Resilience Collaborative, he is leading the development of a training program and supporting TXSG staff in their efforts to help communities build resilience through improved plan integration.
Before moving to Texas, Matt worked as a senior policy planner for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He received a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota and a BA in geography and history from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.