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Thomas Ptak

thomas ptak

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of Oregon, 2016
Office:   ELA 366
Phone:  512.245.3202
Vita       HB2504 Information
Research Interests:  energy transitions & society, climate change & sustainability, water resources & hydropower, borders

Courses Taught:

GEO 2310 Global Environmental Change
GEO 3333 East Asia
GEO 3321 Energy Resource Management


2022. Ptak, T., Radil, S. Democratic Divergence and the Landscape of Community Solar in the United States, In Democratizing Energy,
           Insecurities, Risks, Transitions, Nadesan, Pasqualetti & Keahey eds. Elsevier
2022. Ptak, T., Crootof, A., Harlan, T., Kelly, S. Critically Evaluating the Purported Global “Boom” in Small Hydropower Development
           through Spatial and Temporal Analysis, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 163,
2021. Crootof A, Shrestha R, Albrecht T, Ptak T., Scott CA. Sacrificing the local to support the national: Politics, sustainability, and
           governance in Nepal’s hydropower paradox. Energy Research and Social Science, 80,
2021. Ptak, T., Konrad, V. Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones: How Borders, Energy Development and Ongoing Experimentation Shape
           the Dynamic Transformation of Yunnan Province, Journal of Borderland Studies
2021. Haltinner, K., Sarathchandra, D., Ptak, T. Climate Change as a Conspiracy Affects Skeptics’ Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors,
           Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development
2021. Nagel, A. Ptak, T. Approaching obsolescence? A multi-criteria analysis of high-risk dams in the United States Pacific Northwest,
           International Journal of Water Resources Development
2021. Ptak, T. Small Hydropower for Electricity and Modernity: Impacts on the Everyday Lives of Minority Communities in Yunnan’s Nu River
           Valley, in The Political Economy of Hydropower in Southwest China and beyond, Palgrave Macmillan, J.F. Rousseau & S.
           Habich-Sobiegalla eds
2020. Abatzoglou, J., Smith, C., Swain, D., Ptak, T., Kolden, C. Population exposure to pre-emptive de-energization aimed at averting wildfires in
           Northern California. Environmental Research Letters
2020. Radil, S., Castan Pinos, J., Ptak, T. Borders resurgent: towards a post Covid-19 border regime? Space and Polity