Study Plant Materials

David Hopman



Active member of task force created by the Environmental Water Research Institute (EWRI) of the ASCE to study plant materials in low impact development structures.


Participated in a subject matter expert group formed for SITES AP test development in Washington DC., sponsored by GBCI, owner of LEED and SITES. As part of the group, assisted in drafting items for possible inclusion in the SITES AP item bank, and linked such items to test specifications and available reference resources. Many water related assessment and best practices criteria in the certification and in the test.

Water Related Academic Peer Reviewed Presentations

Aesthetically Qualified Native Plant Polycultures: rationale, methods, and ongoing research results.

Peer reviewed paper presentation for the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture annual meeting in Beijing, China (May 2017)

Water Related Presentations to Professional Societies

Soils and Plants Symbiosis Considerations in GSI Design, O&M, and Life Cycle. Presented to The International Low Impact Development Conference sponsored by The American Society of Civil Engineers Urban Waters Resources Research Council in Nashville, TN (August 2018)

Aesthetically Qualified Native Plant Polycultures: rationale, methods, and ongoing research results presented to the Planting Design PPN at the national ASLA convention in Los Angeles (October 2017)

Directed research: Thesis chair or committee member

  1. Paris Leavell: Assessment of Selected LID Structures in Correlation to Projections for climate change in North Texas
  2. Geoffrey Hall: Subsurface Wastewater Treatment Wetlands: Understanding the Barriers to Implementation in the Landscape
  3. Nhasala Manandhar: Developing Methods on Measuring Naturalness of Stream Restoration Projects: Learning From Johnson Creek
  4. Alice Cameron Holmes: Design And Implementation Processes Of Low Impact Development In The Dallas-Fort Worth Area