Faculty Profile

Alexandra Ponette

Title
Professor
Department
Geography and the Environment
College
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

    

Education

PhD, Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2009.
Major: Forest Ecology
Dissertation Title: Land Cover Effects on Water Fluxes and Atmospheric Deposition across a Mexican Tropical Montane Landscape
MA, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Geography, 2002.
Major: Geography
Dissertation Title: Living on the Margin: An economic analysis of traditional shade coffee cultivation by the Huastec Maya of northeastern Mexico
BA, United States International University, Mexico City, Mexico., 1997.
Major: Psychology

Current Scheduled Teaching*

GEOG 5800.001, Research Design and Geographic Applications, Fall 2022 Syllabus
GEOG 2900.001, Special Problems, Fall 2022

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

GEOG 1710.001, Earth Science, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 1710.002, Earth Science, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 4710.001, Ecosystems : Structure, Function and Services, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 5960.001, Geography Institute, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 2180.001, Geosystems, Environment, and Society, Fall 2021 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Summer 5W2 2021
GEOG 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Summer 5W1 2021
GEOL 4710.001, Ecosystems : Structure, Function and Services, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 5960.001, Geography Institute, Spring 2021 SPOT
GEOG 2180.001, Geosystems, Environment, and Society, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2021
GEOG 1710.002, Earth Science, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 2180.001, Geosystems, Environment, and Society, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 2180.100, Geosystems, Environment, and Society, Fall 2020
GEOG 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2020
GEOG 1710.001, Earth Science, Spring 2020 Syllabus
GEOG 1710.002, Earth Science, Spring 2020 Syllabus
GEOL 4710.001, Ecosystems : Structure, Function and Services, Spring 2020 Syllabus
GEOG 5960.001, Geography Institute, Spring 2020 Syllabus
GEOG 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2020
GEOG 1710.003, Earth Science, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 2180.001, Geosystems, Environment, and Society, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2019
GEOG 1710.001, Earth Science, Spring 2018 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 4951.712, Honors College Capstone Thesis, Spring 2018
GEOG 5950.716, Master's Thesis, Spring 2018
GEOG 4900.716, Special Problems, Spring 2018
GEOL 4710.001, Ecosystems, Fall 2017 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 5960.001, Geography Institute, Fall 2017 SPOT
GEOG 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2017
GEOG 4900.713, Special Problems, Fall 2017
GEOG 5900.713, Special Problems, Fall 2017
GEOG 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Summer 5W2 2017
GEOG 1710.001, Earth Science, Spring 2017 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 5950.716, Master's Thesis, Spring 2017
GEOL 4710.001, Ecosystems, Fall 2016 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 5960.001, Geography Institute, Fall 2016 SPOT
GEOG 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2016
GEOG 1710.001, Earth Science, Spring 2016 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 1710.002, Earth Science, Spring 2016 Syllabus SPOT
GEOG 5950.716, Master's Thesis, Spring 2016
GEOG 1710.003, Earth Science, Fall 2015 SPOT
GEOL 4710.001, Ecosystems, Fall 2015 SPOT
GEOG 5960.001, Geography Institute, Fall 2015 SPOT
GEOG 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2015
GEOG 1710.002, Earth Science, Spring 2015 Syllabus
GEOG 5950.716, Master's Thesis, Spring 2015
GEOG 1710.003, Earth Science, Fall 2014 Syllabus
GEOG 5700.001, Global Environmental Change, Fall 2014
GEOG 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2014
GEOG 1710.002, Earth Science, Spring 2014 Syllabus
GEOG 1710.004, Earth Science, Spring 2014 Syllabus
GEOG 5950.716, Master's Thesis, Spring 2014
GEOG 1710.003, Earth Science, Fall 2013 Syllabus
GEOL 4710.001, Ecosystems, Fall 2013 Syllabus
GEOG 5960.001, Geography Institute, Fall 2013
GEOG 5950.716, Master's Thesis, Fall 2013
GEOG 1710.002, Earth Science, Spring 2013 Syllabus
GEOG 5900.716, Special Problems, Spring 2013
GEOG 1710.005, Earth Science, Fall 2012 Syllabus
GEOG 1710.806, Earth Science, Fall 2012
GEOG 5700.001, Global Environmental Change, Fall 2012
GEOG 1710.002, Earth Science, Spring 2012 Syllabus
GEOG 1710.003, Earth Science, Spring 2012 Syllabus
GEOG 1710.003, Earth Science, Fall 2011 Syllabus
GEOG 1710.005, Earth Science, Fall 2011 Syllabus

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Book Chapter
Ponette, A. G., Van Stan II, J., Magyar, D. (2020). Things seen and unseen in throughfall and stemflow. Precipitation Partitioning by Vegetation - A Global Synthesis. Springer Nature.
Ponette, A. G., Decina, S., Rindy, J. (2020). Urban tree canopy effects on water quality via inputs to the urban ground surface. Forest-Water Interactions. Ecological Studies Series.
Ponette, A. G. (2016). Interactions between precipitation and vegetation canopies. A Biogeoscience Approach to Ecosystems. 215-253. Cambridge University Press.
Ponette, A. G. (2011). Atmospheric Deposition. 357-370. Springer-Verlag.
Instructor's Manual
Ponette, A. G., Nagaoka, L. A., Williams, H. F., McGregor, K. M., Maxey, G. (2018). Earth Science Laboratory Manual. Stipes Publishing, L.L.C..
Journal Article
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G. (2021). Accumulator, transporter, substrate, and reactor: Multidimensional perspectives and approaches to the study of bark. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. Frontiers.
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G., Saad, S. I., Mota da Silva, J., Naves Silva, M. L., da Rocha, H. R. (2021). Modeling the on-site and off-site benefits of Atlantic Forest conservation in a Brazilian watershed. Ecosystem Services.
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G., Lafevor, M., Larson, R., Mungai, L. (2021). Spatial targeting of agricultural support measures: Indicator-based assessment of coverages and leakages. Land. Land.
Ponette, A. G., Green, M. L., McCullars, J., Gough, L. (2021). Ambient urban N deposition drives increased biomass and total plant N in two native prairie grass species in the US Southern Great Plains. PLOS One.
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G., Pitre, C., Lee, A., Rindy, J. E., Doherty, D., Fry, M., Johnson, J. A. (2021). Bird feathers are potential biomonitors for airborne elemental carbon. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G., Van Stan, J., Swanson, T., Weathers, K. (2021). Throughfall and stemflow are major hydrologic highways for particulate traffic through tree canopies. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
Ponette, A. G., Weathers, K. C., Dawson, T. E. (2020). Medium, vector and connector: fog and the maintenance of ecosystems. Ecosystems.
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G., Luce, B. W., Barrett, T. E. (2020). Student cyclists experience PM2.5 pollution hotspots around an urban university campus. The Geographical Bulletin.
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G., Hamel, P., Bremer, L., Acosta, E., Fisher, J., Steele, B., Targa Cavassani, A., Klemz, C., Blainski, E., Brauman, K. A. (2020). The value of hydrologic information for watershed management programs: the case of Camboriú, Brazil. Science of the Total Environment.
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G., Bremer, L., Hamel, P., Vieira-Pompeu, P., Saad, S., Brauman, K. (2020). Who are we measuring and modeling for? Supporting multi-level decision-making in watershed management. Water Resources Research.
Kelly, A., Thompson, R., Mitchell, F., Kennedy, J. H., Ponette, A. G. (2020). Accuracy of long-term volunteer water monitoring data: A multiscale analysis from a statewide citizen science program. PLOS: Public Library of Science. 19. Open Access: Public Library of Science. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G., Rindy, J., Barrett, T., Sheesley, R., Weathers, K. (2019). Urban trees are sinks for soot: elemental carbon accumulation by widespread oak species. Environmental Science & Technology.
Ponette, A. G., Arango, C., Neziri, I., Bailey, J. (2019). Western spruce budworm effects on throughfall C, N, P fluxes and soil nutrient status in the Pacific Northwest.
Ponette, A. G., Barrett, T., Rindy, J. E., Weathers, K. C. (2019). Wet deposition of black carbon: a synthesis. Atmospheric Environment.
Ponette, A. G., Collins, J. D., Manuel, J. E., Byers, T. A., Glass, G. A., Weathers, K. C., Gill, T. E. (2018). Wet dust deposition across Texas during the 2012 US drought: An overlooked pathway for elemental flux to ecosystems. American Geophysical Union.
Ponette, A. G., Perroni, Y., Weathers, K. C., de Souza, P. A., Garcia Oliva, F., de Mello, W. Z. (2017). Nitrogen cycling in tropical Atlantic Forest differing in exposure to urban atmospheric N deposition. Plant and Soil. 420(1), 451-465.
Ponette, A. G., Curran, L. M., Pittman, A. M., Carlson, K. M., Steele, B. G., Ratnasari, D., M., Weathers, K. C. (2016). Biomass burning drives atmospheric nutrient redistribution within forested peatlands in Borneo.. Environmental Research Letters. 11, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/8/085003.
Ponette, A. G., Young, K. R., Polk, M. H., Lipton, J. K. (2016). Snowlines and treelines in the tropical Andes. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 107, 429-440.
Ponette, A. G. (2016). Soil and fine root chemistry at a tropical Andean timberline. Catena. 137, 350-359.
Ponette, A. G., Ewing, H. A., Fry, M. J., Young, K. R. (2016). Soil and fine root chemistry at a tropical Andean timberline. Catena. 137, 350-359.
Fry, M. J., Ponette, A. G., Young, K. R. (2015). A Low-Cost GPS-Based Protocol to Create High-Resolution Digital Elevation Models for Remote Mountain Areas. Mountain Research and Development. 35(1), 39-48.
Griffith, K. T., Ponette, A. G., Curran, L. M., Weathers, K. C. (2015). Assessing the influence of topography and canopy structure on Douglas-fir throughfall with LiDAR and empirical data in the Santa Cruz Mountains, USA. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 187, 1-13.
Ponette, A. G. (2015). Atmospheric organic and inorganic nitrogen inputs to coastal urban and montane Atlantic Forest sites in southeastern Brazil. Atmospheric Research. 160, 126-137.
Ponette, A. G. (2015). Consistent results in stream hydrology across multiple watersheds: A reply to Chew and Goh. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 120, 812-817.
Ponette, A. G. (2015). Managing water services in tropical regions: From land cover proxies to hydrologic fluxes. Ambio. 44, 367-375.
Ponette, A. G. (2014). Enduring footprint of historical land tenure on modern land cover in eastern Mexico: Implications for environmental services programmes. Area. 46, 398-409.
Ponette, A. G., Fry, M. J. (2014). Enduring footprint of historical land tenure on modern land cover in eastern Mexico: implications for environmental services programmes. Area. 46(4), 398-409.
Ponette, A. G. (2014). Influence of watershed-climate interactions on stream temperature, sediment yield, and metabolism along a land-use intensity gradient in Indonesian Borneo.. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 119, 1110-1128.
Ponette, A. G. (2013). Hydrologic connectivity in the high-elevation tropics: heterogeneous responses to land change. BioScience. 64, 92-104.
Ponette, A. G. (2012). Fracking vs. Faucets: Balancing energy needs and water sustainability at urban frontiers. Environmental Science & Technology. 46, 7444-7445.
Fry, M. J., Hoeinghaus, D. J., Ponette, A. G., Thompson, R., La Point, T. W. (2012). Fracking vs. faucets: balancing energy needs and water sustainability at urban frontiers. Environmental Science & Technology. 46, 7444-7445.
Ponette, A. G. (2011). Sustainable science? Reducing the carbon impact of scientific mega-meetings. Ethnobiology Letters. 2, 65-71.
Ponette, A. G. (2010). Pig pandemic: Industrial hog farming in eastern Mexico..
Ponette, A. G. (2010). Tropical land-cover change alters biogeochemical inputs to ecosystems in a Mexican montane landscape.. Ecological Applications. 20, .
Ponette, A. G. (2010). Water inputs across a tropical montane landscape in Veracruz, Mexico: synergistic effects of land cover, rain and fog seasonality, and interannual precipitation variability. Global Change Biology.
Ponette, A. G. (2007). 2001: A household analysis of Huastec Maya agriculture and land use at the height of the coffee crisis.
Ponette, A. G. (2004). Coffee, Cattle, and Colonialism: Historical effects of markets and agricultural policies on cloud forests in central Veracruz, Mexico.
Magazine/Trade Publication
Ponette, A. G. (2013). NASA satellite data used to study the impact of oil palm expansion across Indonesian Borneo. 25, 12-16.
Technical Report
Ponette, A. G. (2017). Final Report (F3-TM-55279) on Technical Meeting on Nitrogen and Isotopes in Atmospheric Waters. IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria.
Ponette, A. G. (2008). North American Wet Deposition Mapping Project Final Report.

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Fellowship
LaFevor, M. (Principal), "Global synthesis of hillslope terracing: Building new tools for environmental management," Sponsored by National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Federal, $5000 Funded. (20142016).
Ponette, A. G., "National Science Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellow," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $120000 Funded. (20092011).
Ponette, A. G., "NASA Graduate Student Research Fellowship," Sponsored by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Federal, $84000 Funded. (20062009).
Ponette, A. G., "Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Graduate School Fellowship," Sponsored by Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Private, $93000 Funded. (20022009).
Ponette, A. G. (Other), "National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DEB-0608184),," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $12000 Funded. (20062008).
Ponette, A. G., "Compton Foundation Research Fellowship," Sponsored by Compton Foundation, Private, $10000 Funded. (20052005).
Ponette, A. G., "Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Award," Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, Federal, $17334 Funded. (20052005).
Ponette, A. G., "Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship," Sponsored by Ford Foundation, Private, $54000 Funded. (20032004).
Ponette, A. G., "Yale Institute of Biospheric Studies Research Fellowship," Sponsored by Yale Institute of Biospheric Studies, Private, $5000 Funded. (20032004).
Ponette, A. G. (Other), "Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant," Sponsored by Tinker Foundation, Private, $1500 Funded. (20032003).
Ponette, A. G., "Yale Institute of Biospheric Studies Field Ecology Award," Sponsored by Yale Institute of Biospheric Studies, Private, $300 Funded. (20032003).
Ponette, A. G., "Yale Tropical Resources Institute Research Fellowship," Sponsored by Yale Tropical Resources Institute, Private, $2500 Funded. (20032003).
Ponette, A. G. (Other), "Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant," Sponsored by Tinker Foundation, Private, $1500 Funded. (20012002).
Ponette, A. G., "McArthur-Hewlett-Ford Foundation Graduate Fellowship in the Social Sciences," Sponsored by McArthur-Hewlett-Ford Foundation, Private, $10800 Funded. (20002002).
Ponette, A. G., "University of Texas E.D. Farmer Fellowship," Sponsored by University of Texas at Austin, State, $6000 Funded. (20012001).
Ponette, A. G., "University of Texas Donald D. Brand Predissertation Fellowship," Sponsored by University of Texas at Austin, State, $1000 Funded. (20002000).
Grant - Research
Liang, L., Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G., Kelly, A., "Intra-Urban Heat and Pollution Island Interactions: Patterns and Drivers," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $399852 Funded. (September 2021August 2024).
Ponette, A. G., "CAREER: Intra-Urban Variability in Black Carbon Deposition: Rates, Pathways, and Determinants," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $475167 Funded. (20162023).
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G., "National Science Foundation, Division of Biological Sciences. CAREER Supplement (Research Experience for Post- Baccalaureate Students (REPS) in the Biological Sciences," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $41079 Funded. (20212022).
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G. (Principal), Liang, L. (Co-Principal), "Atmospheric footprint of US wildfires," Sponsored by University of North Texas, Local, $8000 Funded. (20202021).
Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G. (Principal), Fry, M. (Co-Principal), Ferring, D. (Co-Principal), Doherty, D. (Co-Principal), "Hazy views over U.S. public lands," Sponsored by University of North Texas, Local, $4340 Funded. (20202021).
Ponette, A. G. (Principal), "CAREER Supplement," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $59096 Funded. (20182021).
Ponette, A. G., "Small Grant Proposal: Birds as biomonitors of soot pollution," Sponsored by UNT, University of North Texas, $2000 Funded. (20182019).
Ponette, A. G., "Climate-Smart Watershed Investments in the Montane Tropics of South America," Sponsored by Belmont Foundation/National Science Foundation, Federal, $51524 Funded. (20162019).
Fry, M. J. (Principal), Ponette, A. G. (Principal), Johnson, J., Doherty, D., "MENTORING TEAM GRANT, Air Space, Rights, and Materiality Working Group," Sponsored by University of North Texas Office of Faculty Success, University of North Texas, $3400 Funded. (October 2017April 2018).
Ponette, A. G. (Co-Principal), Arango, C. (Principal), Entrekin, S. (Co-Principal), Lipton, J. (Co-Principal), "Preliminary Proposal: RUI: How does canopy herbivory interact with snowmelt hydrology to control ecological connectivity between forests and streams?," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, Funded. (2017).
Ponette, A. G., "Small Grant Proposal: Particle pollution hotspots in a rapidly growing city," Sponsored by UNT, University of North Texas, $1000 Funded. (20172017).
Ponette, A. G., "EAGER Collaborative Research: Exploring dust impacts on terrestrial ecosystem processes using an innovative and integrated approach," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $36586 Funded. (20152017).
Ponette, A. G. (Other), "Socio-economic and political drivers of oil palm expansion in Indonesia," Sponsored by NASA, Federal, $58881 Funded. (20112015).
Ponette, A. G. (Principal), "US-Mexico Collaborative Research: Afforestation Effects on Nitrogen Cycling in Mexico's Eastern Highlands," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $46705 Funded. (20112014).
Ponette, A. G. (Principal), "Sensitivity of a tropical treeline forest to ENSO in the Andean-Amazon Basin, Peru," Sponsored by UNT, University of North Texas, $7000 Funded. (20122012).
Ponette, A. G. (Principal), "Tropical treelines and global change in the Andes," Sponsored by National Geographic Society, Private, $20000 Funded. (20102010).
Ponette, A. G. (Other), "Land Cover Effects on Water Fluxes and Atmospheric Deposition across a Mexican Tropical Montane Landscape," Sponsored by LPDAAC, Federal, Funded. (20092009).
Ponette, A. G. (Principal), "Spatial patterns of tropical montane forest cover across national park boundaries in the northern Peruvian Andes," Sponsored by Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, Federal, Funded. (20092009).
Ponette, A. G., "University of Texas International Education Fee Scholarship," Sponsored by University of Texas, State, $600 Funded. (20022002).
Ponette, A. G., "University of Texas International Education Fee Scholarship," Sponsored by University of Texas, State, $600 Funded. (20012001).
Grant - Teaching
Ponette, A. G., "A micro mentoring grant to support in-person collaboration: A critical component of long-term collaborative research," Sponsored by University of North Texas Micro Mentoring Grant, University of North Texas, $1158 Funded. (20182019).
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Summative Rating
Challenge and
Engagement Index
Response Rate

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  • Overall Summative Rating (median):
    This rating represents the combined responses of students to the four global summative items and is presented to provide an overall index of the class’s quality. Overall summative statements include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 5 = Excellent, 3 = Good, and 1= Very poor):
    • The course as a whole was
    • The course content was
    • The instructor’s contribution to the course was
    • The instructor’s effectiveness in teaching the subject matter was
  • Challenge and Engagement Index:
    This rating combines student responses to several SPOT items relating to how academically challenging students found the course to be and how engaged they were. Challenge and Engagement Index items include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 7 = Much higher, 4 = Average, and 1 = Much lower):
    • Do you expect your grade in this course to be
    • The intellectual challenge presented was
    • The amount of effort you put into this course was
    • The amount of effort to succeed in this course was
    • Your involvement in course (doing assignments, attending classes, etc.) was
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