Staff

 TYRA BOOE
Tyra Booe Research Associate, Lab Manager and Masters Student

Galveston Campus
Bldg# 3029, Room 210

Phone: (409) 741-7168
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Project: I work on the Galveston Bay Project which focuses on freshwater inflows from the Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers into Galveston Bay and the effects on phytoplankton communities and surface water quality. For this project we also conduct biannual nutrient limitation assays and collect sediment cores throughout the Bay. I am also pursuing my Masters degree in Marine Resources Management where my research focuses on land use and land changes within the Galveston Bay watershed and how these increases in urbanization have impacted the water quality in the Bay.
 SAMUEL DORADO
Sam Dorado Research Assistant

Galveston Campus
Bldg# 3029, Room 210  

Phone: (409) 741-7168
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Project: My research focuses on understanding the dynamics between phytoplankton and freshwater inflows in Galveston Bay. Bioassays conducted in this estuary have shown that phytoplankton groups respond to increased nutrient levels but it is only suggested that freshwater inflows are important. My goal is to pinpoint freshwater discharge as the underlying mechanism contributing to differences in the biomass and relative abundance of algal groups using multivariate community analysis techniques. I am also interested in how freshwater inputs drive variation between in the abundance of consumer groups such as commercially important shellfish and finfish species as they ultimately rely on the phytoplankton community. Other interests include: Trichodesmium and diazotrophy research, stable isotope research, nitrogen cycle research, statistics, and more recently marine mammal bioacoustic research.
 DR. JAMIE STEICHEN
Dr. Jamie Steichen Research Assistant

Galveston Campus
Bldg# 3029, Room 210 

Phone: (409) 741-7168
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Project: Ballast water can act as a transport vector of non-indigenous species of phytoplankton to regions beyond their native range. The research I am working on involves the genetic identification of eukaryotic micro-organisms, including phytoplankton, found within the ballast water tanks of vessels entering Galveston Bay en route to the deep water Ports of Houston, Texas City and Galveston. In addition to the ballast water project, I am working in collaboration with other members of the lab to characterize the impacts that nutrient variability and freshwater inflow have on the phytoplankton community within Galveston Bay.
 RACHEL WINDHAM
Rachel Windham Research Assistant and Masters Student 

Galveston Campus
Bldg# 3029, Room 210

Phone: (409) 741-7168
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Project: I’m currently working on the Swan Lake Project which studies the relationship between phytoplankton and the oysters who eat them, and whether or not that relationship could affect the likelihood of Dermo (Perkinsus marinus) infections in oysters. Knowing the best environmental conditions for oyster growth could lead to the creation of oyster reefs to prevent coastal erosion. I’ve recently started to work along with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on the Rangia Project which examines the presence or absence of Rangia clams in Trinity Bay. Since Rangia clams only thrive in low salinities, they can be used as bioindicators of freshwater inflows. I also help out with the Galveston Bay Project by  processing water samples and conducting cell counts and identifications.
 DR. YING YIN
Ying Yin Visiting Scholar

Galveston Campus
Bldg# 3029, 2nd floor cubicles

Phone: (409) 741-7168
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Project: Aquatic toxicology is my main research area. My current research focuses on 1) Biological effects and safety assessment of nanomaterials (nanocrystalline metal oxides) and 2) Investigating mechanisms of the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in aquatic organisms under stress.

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