Steve Buschang has 20+ years of experience working in the environmental sector along the Texas coast. As the Senior Wetlands Biologist for the Texas General Land Office (GLO), he oversaw a team working on regulatory issues in the South Texas coastal region. His background led to a project that coordinated the accumulation of data and the development of a comprehensive GIS biological data layer for the entire Texas coast that populates the state spill response atlas, commonly known as the TGLO Oil Spill Planning and Response Toolkit.
Buschang currently serves as the TGLO Director of Research and Development (R&D) and State Scientific Support Coordinator (State SSC). As the Director of R&D, he oversees an annual budget of $1.25 million that is a dedicated funding stream for oil spill related projects performed by Texas institutes of higher education. Projects include the building of a near-shore coastal current monitoring network, the TGLO Texas Automated Buoy system (TABS), an ADCP equipped autonomous wave glider, responder buoys that can be deployed during times of need from small boat platforms, and oversight of the design and implementation of a modern web interface to TABS. He oversees TGLO inshore and offshore funded hydrodynamic models and data products, improving hydrodynamic predictions of surface currents near the Texas coast used for rapid oil spill response, integrating next-generation models into the oil spill prediction system for Texas Bays, and a LiDAR project that involves the geoenvironmental mapping of the Texas coast. Additionally, Steve manages the Texas Coastal Oil Spill Planning & Response CD Toolkit, a geospatial operational tool for oil spill response. Buschang is directly engaged in operational ocean observations, forecasts and modeling as the State’s Scientific Support Coordinator.
Buschang currently serves on the Science Advisory Panel for the Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC), the Board of Directors for the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS), the MEXUS JAT, the planning board for Clean Gulf Conferences, as the Science and Tech Chair for Regional Response Team VI, and the Texas OneGulf Science Advisory Committee.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Southwest Texas State University in Marine Biology and a Masters degree from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi in Environmental Science. As an adjunct faculty in the Environmental Science Department at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental regulation and environmental assessment.
His GCOOS board term expires in Fall 2023.