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Marine Biology Graduate Faculty


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Galveston Faculty

Jaime Alvarado Bremer

Jaime Alvarado-Bremer
Associate Professor
MARB
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Conservation and population genetics of aquatic organisms with emphasis on large pelagic fishes; molecular systematics and phylogenetics and biogeography of fishes.
Rainer Amon Rainer Amon
Associate Professor
MARS
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Biogeochemical fluxes of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the Arctic Ocean Land - ocean transport of carbon and nitrogen in light of environmental change in the Arctic Identification of the chemical composition of DOM and its use as a tracer for water masses.
Ayal Anis Ayal Anis
Associate Professor
MARS
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Mixing processes and turbulence in the surface and bottom boundary layers in the oceans and lakes. Physical Oceanography of coastal regions. Model-aided analysis of the response of lakes/coastal ocean to external forcing.
Anna Armitage Anna Armitage
Associate Professor
MARB
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Coastal and wetlands community ecology in salt marshes, tidal mudflats, and seagrass beds, with particular focus on changes in trophic structure following habitat restoration, nutrient enrichment, and other human disturbances.
Robin Brinkmeyer Robin Brinkmeyer
Assistant Professor
MARS
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Molecular microbial ecology; Molecular systematics and phylogeny of prokaryotes; Biogeography of prokaryotic populations; Role of bacteria in biogeochemical processes.
Samuel Brody Samuel Brody
Professor
MARS
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Coastal environmental planning, natural hazards mitigation, spatial analysis, dispute resolution.
Randall Davis Randall Davis
Regents Professor
MARB
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Physiology & behavior of marine birds and mammals, especially species inhabiting polar waters.
Tim Dellapenna Timothy Dellapenna
Associate Professor
MARS
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Quantification of the record of marine sedimentary processes using a combination of sediment analyses, short lived radio isotopes and high resolution marine geophysics.
Ron Eytan
Assistant Professor
MARB
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Evolutionary genetics, molecular systematics, and speciation in marine fishes, especially those found on coral reefs
Jens Figlus Jens Figlus
Assistant Professor
MASE
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The impacts extreme events like hurricanes have on our coastlines; the complex physical processes involved in the destruction, but also the potential recovery of beaches and dunes; utilizes laboratory experiments, field measurements and process based numerical modeling to gain a better understanding of the complicated sediment transport phenomena that govern dune destruction
Jhenny Galan Jhenny Galan
Assistant Professor
MARS
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 Structure-function relationship studies of protein systems using all-atom and coarse-grain molecular dynamics simulations, Testing and validation of coarse-grain forcefield for proteins, Computational studies of the membrane translocation ability of heteroaromatic foldamers and its implications in drug delivery, Understanding conformational preferences of aromatic oligoamide foldamers using theoretical methods
Wesley Highfield Wesley Highfield
Assistant Professor
MARS
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GIS, Spatial Analysis/Statistics, Natural Hazard Mitigation & Policy, Environmental Planning & Policy
Thomas Iliffe Thomas Iliffe
Professor
MARB
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Biodiversity, evolution and conservation of animals inhabiting marine caves; application of scientific and technical diving to provide access to otherwise inaccessible portions of extensive cave systems.
Glenn Jones Glenn Jones
Professor
MARS
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Paleoceanography, Arctic Ocean, climate change, Black Sea, and accelerator mass spectrometry and radiocarbon dating
Karl Kaiser Karl Kaiser
Assistant Professor
MARS
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Interactions between marine biogeochemical cycles, ocean chemistry and the climate system, linkages between terrestrial and marine C and N cycles, northern peatlands as major players in soil and atmospheric carbon cycling, dissolved organic matter compositions in groundwater. biodegradation of contaminants in natural ecosystems
Doug Klein Douglas Klein
Professor
MARS
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Correlated-electron models for molecules & polymers; many-body valence-bond theory; chemical graph theory; carbon clusters, nano-tubes, graphenes, & their decorations; polymer statistics and excluded volume; group-theoretic methods in chemistry and physics
Susan Knock Susan Knock
Instructional Associate Professor
MARS
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Coastal Marine and Aquatic Birds.
Melanie Lesko Melanie Lesko
Instructional Associate Professor
MARS
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Chemistry education; organic compounds for novel applications
Thomas Linton Thomas Linton
Instructional Assistant Professor
MARS
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Resource management.
Hui Liu Hui Liu
Assistant Professor
MARB
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Zooplankton processes in the ocean, population dynamics and interactions of marine fishes, quantitative fisheries research, statistical and numerical ecosystem modeling.
Patrick Louchouarn Patrick Louchouarn
Professor
MARS - Dept. Head
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Impact of watershed disturbance on cycling of trace metals and organic matter. Tracers of combustion byproducts in environmental media. Biogeochemical cycling of organic matter in soils and aquatic environments. Development and direction of cross disciplinary curricula within the context of university core science courses and environmental studies programs.
Christopher Marshall Christopher Marshall
Associate Professor
MARB
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Research interests focus on the function and evolution of vertebrate feeding and digestive systems, the musculoskeletal sys-tem, and associated sensory and neurobiology
William Merrell William Merrell
Professor
MARS
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Physical Oceanography; Marine Policy
Maria Pia Miglietta Maria Pia Miglietta
Assistant Professor
MARB
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Genomics, evolution and ecology of Hydrozoa (Cnidaria).  Jellyfish blooms.  Genomics of the "immortal" jellyfish Turritopsis dohrnii
Joan Mileski Joan Mileski
Professor
Maritime Administration
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Impact of national and supranational (EU, NAFTA) regulation change on the Maritime Industry firms' competitive strategy including maritime security regulations and firm and policy strategies to thwart piracy, disasters and other maritime mishaps in blue water and brown water environments
Antonietta Quigg Antonietta Quigg
Professor
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Impact of trace metal and nutrient  enrichments, cycling and dynamics on physiology, primary productivity and community composition in coastal ecosystems.
Kimberly Reich Kimberly Reich
Assistant Research Scientist
MARB
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Sea turtle biology and conservation, nutritional ecology and stable isotope analyses; sea turtle life history including habitat use, foraging strategies, ontogenetic shifts, and migratory pathways.
Jay Rooker Jay Rooker
Professor
Endowed Chair
MARB
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Ecology of estuarine, coastal,  and pelagic fishes. Recruitment processes, particularly factors affecting post-settlement survival. Fish life history and migration studies. Analytical approaches to fish demography.
Gilbert Rowe Gilbert Rowe
Regents Professor
MARB
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Benthic ecology, ecosystem function and structure. Carbon and nitrogen cycles, food chain models. Environmental quality and sustainable development.
Peter Santschi Peter Santschi
Regents Professor
MARS
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Marine geochemistry, radiochemistry.
Anja Schulze Anja Schulze
Associate Professor
MARB
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Phylogeny and population genetics of polychaete and sipunculan worms. Reproduction and development of marine invertebrates. Evolution of hydrothermal vent and cold seep fauna.
John Schwarz John Schwarz
Regents Professor
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All aspects of seafood micro-biology. Association of bacterial pathogens with shellfish and devising experimental methodologies to provide the consumer with a safer food product.
William Seitz William Seitz
Regents Professor
MARS
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Complexity Theory, Computer modeling of estuarine circulation, Analysis of beach erosion mitigation policies, Geographic Information System Modeling.
Wyndylyn von Zharen Wyndylyn von Zharen
Regents Professor
MARS
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Marine fisheries management; marine environmental policy and law; anthropogenic stressors on marine ecosystems.
Yuxuan_Wang Yuxuan Wang
Assistant Professor
MARS
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Chemical processesof gases and aerosols in the atmosphere and how they are affected by human activities and climate change, the interaction between the atmospheric and marine environment, development and application of numerical chemical transport models to investigate atmospheric processes across different spatial scales and across the atmosphere-ocean interface.
David Wells David Wells
Assistant Professor
MARB
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Biology and ecology of bony fishes, sharks, and rays.Research focus on life history, habitat use, movement, and feeding ecology of marine fish species; including estuarine, shelf, and offshore pelagic fishes.
Bernd Wursig Bernd Würsig
Regents Professor
MARB
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Long-term studies of the behavioral ecology of dolphins, porpoises and whales. Elucidating differences of foraging techniques in different environments.  Flexibilities of adaptation in social marine mammals and in social animals in general.

College Station Faculty

Jack Baldauf Jack Baldauf
Professor
OCNG
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Paleoceanography, Micropaleontology, Biochronology.
Joseph Bernardo Joseph Bernardo
Research Associate Professor
BIOL
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determinants of range size and position • biodiversity conservation in the face of climate change • detection, and ecological and conservation implications of cryptic speciation and diversity • vertebrate ecology and life history • biology of amphibians and reptiles • speciation and evolution of reproductive isolation • evolutionary ecology of body size • clinal variation in life history and physiological traits • comparative animal physiology and physiological ecology
Douglas Biggs Douglas Biggs
Professor
OCNG
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Physical and biological habitat use by sperm whales and other apex predators in the Gulf of Mexico; Biogeochemical processes in Gulf of Mexico mesoscale eddies; Zooplankton stock estimation from ADCP backscatter intensity.
Lisa Campbell Lisa Campbell
Professor
OCNG
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Phytoplankton ecology, Phytoplankton community structure and diversity, Harmful Algal Blooms: Karenia brevis in coastal Texas waters, Picoplankton diversity, Flow cytometry and in situ imaging.
Kevin Conway Kevin Conway
Assistant Professor
WFSC
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Ichthyology, systematics and comparative morphology of teleost fishes
Masami Fujiwara Masami Fujiwara
Assistant Professor
WFSC
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Population Dynamics, Statistical Ecology & Mathematical Ecology.
Delbert Gatlin III Delbert Gatlin III
Professor
WFSC
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Mariculture and food quality.
Fran Gelwick Fran Gelwick
Associate Professor
WFSC
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Ecology and behavior of fishes as well as other aquatic and semi-aquatic organisms, in both marine and freshwater ecosystems. This includes the response of fishes to direct and indirect effects of biotic (including human) and abiotic factors that are both internal and external to the system, and across a range of spatial and temporal scales.
John Gold John Gold
Regents and Cintron Professor
WFSC
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Organization and evolution of fish genomes, and in part towards using genetic molecules to resolve both basic and applied problems involving fish species. Choice of organisms is based on biological diversity, evolutionary heterogeneity, and economic importance, as well as the opportunities to work in the field and interact with the organisms in their natural ecologies.
William Grant William Grant
Professor
WFSC
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Ecosystem and food web modeling.
Luis Hurtado Luis Hurtado
Assistant Professor
WFSC
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Population/conservation genetics, molecular systematics and evolution, evolutionary biology, phylogeography, hydrothermal vent biology, genomics.
Adam Jones Adam Jones
Professor
BIOL
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Evolutionary genetics, including molecular ecology, sexual selection, quantitative genetics, and molecular evolution.
Addison Lawrence Addison Lawrence
Professor
WFSC
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Shrimp culture including nutrition and feeds development.
Duncan MacKenzie Duncan MacKenzie
Associate Professor
BIOL
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Comparative endocrinology of reproduction and thyroid function in fish, amphibians, and reptiles.
Jane Packard Jane Packard
Associate Professor
WFSC
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Our research team is collaborating with partners at the Houston Advanced Research Center and University of Maryland. In a study funded by USDA, we are studying cultural models of land conservation. In a complementary study funded by NSF, we are looking in more depth at how cultural models influence practice of Land Trusts at local, regional and national scales of biocomplexity.
Pamela Plotkin Pamela Plotkin
Director, Texas Sea Grant College Program
Associate Research Professor
OCNG
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Adaptive significance of the alternative reproductive tactics of the olive ridley sea turtle; impact of environmental change on sea turtle behavior; protected species management; applying behavioral research to the conservation of wild populations.
Daniel Roelke Daniel Roelke
Professor
WFSC
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Research in the Roelke lab encompasses field studies, laboratory experiments, and mathematical modeling simulations that address lower foodweb ecology in aquatic ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on interactions between foodweb components and the physicochemical environment.
Gil Rosenthal Gil Rosenthal
Professor
BIOL
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Evolution/behavior of fishes.
Dan Thornton Dan Thornton
Associate Professor
OCNG
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Carbon and nitrogen cycling in coastal ecosystems: Biology of exopolymer (EPS) production; Diatom ecology and physiology; Ecology of microphytobenthos; Nitrogen cycling in sediments; Biological production of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide; Estuarine ecology.
Mary Wicksten Mary Wicksten
Professor
BIOL
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Crustacean taxonomy and behavior, general invertebrate biology.
Kirk Winemiller Kirk Winemiller
Regents Professor
WFSC
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Fisheries ecology and food webs.

Corpus Christi Faculty

Chris_Bird Chris Bird
Assistant Professor

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Molecular Ecology, Evolution, Population Genetics, Marine Biology, Community Ecology, Fisheries Management, Invertebrate Zoology, Biotechnology
Kirk Cammarata Kirk Cammarata
Associate Professor

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Seagrass physiology and response to ecological stress, seagrass-microbe associations, seagrass-epiphyte interactions.
Andres Fahlman

Andreas Fahlman
Assistant Professor

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Diving physiology in marine mammals, sea birds and turtles.
Joe Fox Joe Fox
Professor

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Nutrition of aquatic organisms; nutritional ecology; nutrient essentiality, digestibility and the physiological ecology of aquatic organisms; fish meal replacement in aquatic feeds, chemoattraction, sea urchin nutrition, and ecology of penaeid shrimp viruses; depuration of oysters against Vibrio vulnificus.
Derek Hogan  Derek Hogan
Assistant Professor

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Marine connectivity; larval dispersal; population ecology; population genetics 
Xinping Hu Xinping Hu
Assistant Professor

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Oceanic carbon cycle; Ocean acidification; Sediment early diagenesis; Carbonate geochemistry; Stable isotope biogeochemistry
Patrick Larkin Patrick Larkin
Associate Professor

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Molecular and chemical ecology of native plant species, in particular their interaction with their environment and response to habitat fragmentation. It includes both specific events, such as the effect of temperature on the expression of allelic variants of a single enzyme (Granule Bound Starch Synthase) and broader events, such as the genetic relationships among populations in fragmented habitats.
Paul Montagna Paul Montagna
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Endowed Chair
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Ecosystem studies with a focus on benthic components, freshwater resources, water quality, ecosystem modeling, and environmental statistics; and integrating natural science with human dimensions research.
Riccardo Mozzachiodi Riccardo Mozzachiodi
Associate Professor

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Neurobiology; biological basis of learning and memory; behavior.
Frank Pezold Frank Pezold III
Professor
Dean
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Fish systematics, diversity, and conservation; emphasis on gobioid fishes.
Jennifer Pollack Jennifer Pollack
Assistant Professor

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Field research experience in temperate salt marsh creeks, semi-arid estuaries, and polar regions
David_Portnoy David Portnoy
Assistant Professor

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Conservation genetics of exploited marine fishes, historical patterns of zoogeography, systematics and evolution of bony fishes and elasmobranchs, patterns of sexual selection, conflict, and speciation.
Delbert Smee Lee Smee
Associate Professor

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Marine Ecology, Animal Behavior, Chemical and Sensory Ecology, Fluid Mechanics and Chemical Signaling in Aquatic Environments.
Blair Sterba-Boatwright Blair Sterba-Boatwright
Professor

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Spatial Statistics, Temporal Statistics, Statistical Consulting, Statistical Education
Greg Stunz Greg Stunz
Professor
Endowed Chair
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Marine Ecology, Marine Fisheries.
Michael Wetz Michael Wetz
Assistant Professor

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Ecology and physiology of estuarine/coastal plankton
Kim Withers Kim Withers
Professional Associate Professor

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Tidal Flat Ecology; Ornithology; Marine Benthic Ecology; Aquatic Entomology.
Paul Zimba Paul Zimba
Associate Professor

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Phytoplankton ecology and harmful algal blooms