UNT Research, Volume 17, 2008 Page: 42
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rom the tropical rain forests of Venezuela to
a freshwater lake in Denton County and
the Big Thicket of Southeast Texas,
University of North Texas researchers are
stalking Mother Nature.
But they mean her no harm. Michael
Monticino, associate dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences and professor of
mathematics, and Miguel Acevedo, Regents
Professor and coordinator of the proposed
biological and environmental engineering
program, are observing and analyzing her
progress and setbacks. The professors are
using math and computer models to assess
the behaviors and motivations of the humans
who interact with nature.
Determining how people will respond to
various environmental situations - including
man-made and natural disasters - can have
a major effect on public policy and plan-
ning, these researchers say.
Americans need only recall the after-
math of Hurricane Katrina to know that
social and fiscal circumstances can have a
great impact on human reactions in an
emergency and can keep even the best plan
from being successfully implemented.
But what if governments, politicians
and other community stakeholders had a
reliable way to explore policy options and
their potential implications before unin-
tended consequences occur?
Making that possible is one of the
reasons Monticino and Acevedo are center-
ing their research efforts in this area and
planning a UNT Institute for Modeling
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