June 2016

  • The Center for Texas Beaches and Shores Video has now reached almost 170,000 people and received over 43,000 views. The Facebook page has more than 300 likes!

May 2016

  • Vera Abou Shakra received 1st Place Subject Area Award for Engineering and Architecture for Graduate Poster. This award relates to the Student Research Week which is a premiere program of the Graduate and Professional Student Council that provides a venue for students to present their work and get feedback from judges. She also won the Department Head Prize and the Jesus “Chuy” Hinojosa Academic Excellence Award.

  • Md Yousuf Reja received the Department Head Award at the Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning (LAUP) Awards Banquet. The Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University College Station presented this award to Reja in recognition of academic excellence and exemplary leadership quality.

  • Kayode Atoba received a first place $300 award for an oral presentation at the 2016 Student Research Week at TAMU, College Station. He presented part of his doctoral dissertation research on the influence of parcel fill on residential flood loss in the Clearcreek watershed. Kay's presentation, along with other graduate student presentations, was judged by experts in the Earth Sciences, Geosciences, and Water Resources subject area, as well as laymen unfamiliar with the field.

  • Our fi­rst class of PIRE International Research Fellows embarked on the research travel to the Netherlands.

  • The Center for Texas Beaches and Shores Video Overview. The CTBS Video has generated great response! The video has currently reached 5,731 people and has had 2,455 views on Facebook. These numbers are continually increasing each day. From the video, the CTBS Facebook page has gotten 21 new likes along with 226% higher page activity. Outside of Facebook, the CTBS video has caused attraction that allowed Dr. Samuel Brody to be featured in Houston Public Media, CBSNews, NPR Marketplace, CNBS, and many more. CTBS is very pleased with these results, and we are looking forward to the many more opportunities that this video will bring. Read more.

  • BAHEP Meeting with Netherlands Ambassador Henne Schuwer. The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership hosted a breakfast on Monday for Henne Schuwer, Netherlands Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to America, based in Washington, D.C.
    Schuwer, accompanied by Saskia Pardaans. of the Netherlands Business Support Office in Houston, met with BAHEP select members and elected officials to discuss collaboration with The Netherlands on a number of initiatives, the most pressing being moving forward with the design and construction of a coastal spine and flood gates to protect the coast and upper Galveston Bay, including the Houston Ship Channel from future storm surges like or worse than the area suffered from Hurricane Ike in 2008.  Read more.

April 2016

  • CTBS researchers presented at the Avoiding Disasters Conference at Rice University.

  • Will Mobley was awarded the TAMUG “Boost” Fellowship.

March 2016

  • Sarah Reinert (Communication Coordinator) and Jayton Rainey (Graduate Assistant Researcher) are the two newest members to the CTBS team!


October 2014

  • The Coastal Geo-Spatial Laboratory has now been established at the Texas A&M University-Galveston campus. The Lab is meant to facilitate interdisciplinary work on the marine and coastal environment, support the growing interest in spatial analysis, and spark future innovation in understanding coastal/marine problems. The Lab is open to anyone working on a project that involves the analysis of spatial (e.g. GIS) data. It will also support existing research initiatives, including the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores and the Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities.

    The Lab consists of four stand-alone work stations with Geographic Information Systems and other spatial analytical software, plus an area where small groups can work together.  In addition, users of the facility can access a server hosting a warehouse of spatial data, both physical and socioeconomic, on the Texas coast.

    For more information, or to use the Coastal Geo-Spatial Lab, please contact Wesley Highfield ( or Sherry Parker (

May 2014

  • Joshua Gunn joins Texas Sea Grant as new Extension Program Leader. He will also be working with the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores as a liason between Sea Grant and CTBS.

April 2014

  • Colonel Len Waterworth joins the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores as a Senior Research Associate.


August 2013

  • Sequoia Riley, Jake Emmert, and Nick West become part of the CTBS team.

  • Dr. Sam Brody, Dr. Wesley Highfield, Dr. Bill Merrell, Morgan Wilson, Nick Souza, and Alexandra Stiles attend the ARCADIS Barrier Visit in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

July 2013

  • Dr. Sam Brody, Dr. Wesley Highfield, Russell Blessing, Patrick Doty, Morgan Wilson and Alexandra Stiles participate in the Flood Risk Reduction Colloquium with Delft University, Netherlands in Delft, Netherlands.

Please "Like" us on Facebook to view all photos from the Colloquium

June 2013

  • Morgan Wilson is now a graduate researcher for the team. 


June 2012

  • Morgan Wilson joins the team as an undergraduate researcher.

  • Alexandra Stiles and Patrick Doty are now graduate researchers for the team.


November 2011

  • Alexandra Stiles joins the team as an undergraduate researcher.

April 2011

  • New Book - "Rising Waters: The Causes and Consequences of Flooding in the United States" by CTBS Director Dr. Sam Brody and Associate Director Dr. Wesley Highfield becomes available for order
 Book cover for Rising Waters 
  • Patrick Doty, Kevin Crosby, and Logan Harrell join the team as undergraduate researchers

January 2011

  • Russell Blessing and Hee Ju Kim join team as graduate research assistants


September 2010


November 18, 2009

November 2009

  • Jennifer Feagins joins team as undergraduate research assistant and NSF REU.

September 2009

August 2009



July 9, 2007

May 10, 2007

  • Bill Merrell, Bill Seitz and Tanveer Islam from the CTBS participated in the annual Texas Hurricane Conference organized by the Governor's Division of Emergency Management (DEM) held at the Galveston Island Convention Center from 8-10 May, 2007. A 90-minute workshop entitled "Galveston Future: Developing a Disaster Resilient Community" was presented by Dr. Merrell on behalf of the CTBS.

May 8, 2007 


April 2006

  • Dr. Merrell heads up the first Center for Texas Beaches and Shores business meeting.

For questions about the Center:

Dr. Sam Brody
Ocean and Coastal Studies Building
1001 Texas Clipper Rd
Galveston, TX 77551
Bldg. 3029, Room 366
Phone (409) 740-4939
Fax (409) 740-4429

For media/meeting coordination:

Sarah Reinert
Communication Coordinator
Phone (817) 888-0002

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