Jamie Steichen

Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Marine Biology

Jamie Steichen
"With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you're connected to the sea." – Sylvia Earle
+1 (409) 740-4764jamie.steichen@tamu.edu

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Get To Know Jamie Steichen

What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

While growing up in Wisconsin, I was not exposed to the marine environment until my early teen years at which point I fell in love with the ocean. During this stage of my life, my Mom would listen to relaxing music with whale songs which was also intriguing to me. Although the idea of studying the communication patterns of whales peaked my interest in this field, I ultimately ended up conducting research on phytoplankton! I have been continually enamored by these amazing microscopic organisms that have an immense impact on our global ecosystem.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

I work to provide my students with a fun and engaging experience both in the classroom and in our field adventures. One of my goals is to challenge my students to question everything as they learn and to think critically in all aspects of their life, especially in the sciences. I believe that we learn more effectively when we are engaged in active learning and therefore I take a very hands-on approach in my courses.

I also want my students to know that I am here for them as a resource as they make their way through their academic journey. One of the best rewards in this position is to hear success stories from current and previous students.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

Enjoying time with my family and friends is a very important part of my life. I also enjoy biking, live music and spending time on the water or at the beach swimming and paddle boarding.


Ph.D. Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 2013
B.S. Marine Science, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 2006

Courses Taught

BIOL111 Introductory Biology I
BIOL112 Introductory Biology II
MARB101 Succeeding in Science
MARB408 Marine Botany 


Steichen, J.L., Labonté, J.M., Windham, R., Hala, D., Kaiser, K., Setta, S., Faulkner, P.C., Bacosa, H., Yan, G., Kamalanathan, M. and Quigg, A., 2020. Microbial, physical, and chemical changes in Galveston Bay following an extreme flooding event, Hurricane Harvey. Frontiers in Marine Science7, 186. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00186

Bacosa, H.P., Steichen, J., Kamalanathan, M., Windham, R., Lubguban, A., Labonté, J.M., Kaiser, K., Hala, D., Santschi, P.H. and Quigg, A., 2020. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and putative PAH-degrading bacteria in Galveston Bay, TX (USA), following Hurricane Harvey (2017). Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s11356-020-09754-5

Gonzalez, L.A., Quigg, A., Steichen, J.L., Gelwick, F.P. and Lester, L.J. 2020. Decadal changes in an estuarine fish community: Does the functional group approach provide new insights into freshwater inflows? Estuaries and Coasts. (In review)

Steichen, J.L. and Quigg, A., 2018. Fish species as indicators of freshwater inflow within a subtropical estuary in the Gulf of Mexico. Ecological Indicators85, 180-189. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.10.018

Steichen, J.L. and Quigg, A., 2015. Assessing the viability of microorganisms in the ballast water of vessels transiting the North Atlantic Ocean. Marine pollution bulletin101(1), 258-266. doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.09.055

Steichen, J.L., Denby, A., Windham, R., Brinkmeyer, R. and Quigg, A., 2015. A tale of two ports: Dinoflagellate and diatom communities found in the high ship traffic region of Galveston Bay, Texas (USA). Journal of Coastal Research31(2), 407-416. doi.org/10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-13-00225.1

Dorado, S., Booe, T., Steichen, J., McInnes, A.S., Windham, R., Shepard, A., Lucchese, A.E., Preischel, H., Pinckney, J.L., Davis, S.E. and Roelke, D.L., 2015. Towards an understanding of the interactions between freshwater inflows and phytoplankton communities in a subtropical estuary in the Gulf of Mexico. PLoS One10(7), doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0130931

Steichen, J.L., Schulze, A., Brinkmeyer, R. and Quigg, A., 2014. All aboard! A biological survey of ballast water onboard vessels spanning the North Atlantic Ocean. Marine pollution bulletin87(1-2), 201-210. doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.07.058

Steichen, J.L., Windham, R., Brinkmeyer, R. and Quigg, A., 2012. Ecosystem under pressure: Ballast water discharge into Galveston Bay, Texas (USA) from 2005 to 2010. Marine pollution bulletin64(4), 779-789. doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.01.028

Grants and Fellowships

2019: Texas Parks and Wildlife. Raising awareness of harmful (and/or toxic) algae blooms (HABs) in Galveston Bay and their impacts. Quigg, A. (PI) and Steichen, J.L. (Co-PI) $153k

2016: Envirocleanse LLC. Efficacy of Envirocleanse Ballast treatment on some bacteria and phytoplanktonSteichen, J.L. (PI) and Quigg, A. (Co-PI) $19k

Professional Appointments

2018-2020: Assistant Research Scientist, Texas A&M University at Galveston,
Department of Marine Biology

2015-2020: Lecturer, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Department of Marine Biology

2014-2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate (PI: Dr. Antonietta Quigg) Texas A&M University at Galveston, Department of Marine Biology

Contact Info

Jamie Steichen
Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Marine Biology

Phone: +1 (409) 740-4764
Fax: +1 (409) 740-5001

Ocean & Coastal Studies Bldg., Office 241