Staff

 DR. JAMIE STEICHEN
Dr. Jamie Steichen Postdoctoral Fellow

Galveston Campus
Bldg# 3029, 2nd floor cubicles 

Phone: (409) 741-7168
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Project: Within an estuarine system, a range of salinity waters is necessary to maintain the health of flora and fauna throughout their life cycles. The freshwater delivered to Galveston Bay flows to the system from the Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers. During droughts, such as the one experienced in Texas during 2011, select freshwater dependent plants and animals within Galveston Bay were unable to recover from these long periods of exposure to higher salinity waters. The goal of my postdoctoral research is to determine if the freshwater bioindicators used prior to the drought (2011) are still present within the bay and if so, whether they are still applicable for this purpose. In addition, I will be looking at opportunistic species such as harmful algal bloom species, invasive and non-indigenous species, which may indicate periods of low freshwater inflow to Galveston Bay.
 RACHEL WINDHAM
Rachel Research Assistant, Lab Manager and Masters Student 

Galveston Campus
Bldg# 3029, Room 210

Phone: (409) 741-7168
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Project: As a research assistant and lab manager for the Phytoplankton Dynamics Laboratory, I conduct field research for the Galveston Bay Project which observes bay-wide water quality and phytoplankton response to environmental flows from the Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers. I also conduct laboratory research for this project by collecting phytoplankton identification data. As a part-time graduate student in the Marine Resources Management program, I am working to complete a master’s thesis examining the viability of using the brackish-water clam Rangia cuneata as a biological indicator of freshwater inflows.