Principal Investigator      

Christopher Marshall, Ph.D.
Professor



Dr. Christopher Marshall is the PI of the lab. His work focuses on integrating morphology, physiology, and behavioral performance of feeding in marine vertebrates to provide information regarding an organism's foraging ecology, and their conservation. This work includes investigations of natural history and comparative neurobiology of sensory systems of marine vertebrates.





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Current Lab Members      

Dr. Danielle Ingle
Postdoctoral Scientist



Dr. Ingle is a Postdoctoral Scientist with the EcoMorphLab and the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research. Danielle Ingle received her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from Florida Atlantic University in August 2020 before coming to Texas A&M University at Galveston. As a functional morphologist, her major research interests include investigating connections between the structure and mechanical behavior of hard tissues that comprise the feeding apparatuses and axial skeletons of marine megafauna.





Dr. Carlos Peredo
Postdoctoral Scientist



Dr. Peredo is a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow and University of Michigan Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Scholar. His research focuses on understanding the macroevolutionary patterns associated with mammals returning to a marine environment. His interests includes the evolutionary origins of key innovations, such as echolocation in toothed whales and filter feeding in baleen whales. These key innovations represent ecological shifts marked by morphological transformations akin to the transition from scales to feathers in dinosaurs and fins to limbs in tetrapods.





Bryan Gahn
M.S. Student



Bryan Gahn is a master’s student in the Marine Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. He is interested in marine pollution and understanding the effects of microplastic pollution on the respiration of fishes, especially bait-fish (clupeids) such as anchovies, shad and mackerel.





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Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research Staff      

Kari Howard
Program Assistant



Kari Howard is a Program Assistant with the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research. Her primary duties are volunteer coordination and leading our efforts for the sea turtle stranding network on the upper Texas Coast. Kari is also involved in rehabilitation of sea turtles and educational outreach.





Theresa Morris
Program Assistant



Theresa Morris is a Program Assistant with the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research. Her primary duties are sea turtle rehabilitation and water quality control with our new sea turtle hospital. Theresa is also involved in the sea turtle stranding network and educational outreach.





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Former Lab Members      

Lauren Simonitis
Ph.D. Student






Claire Iseton
M.S. Student






Josh Cullen
Ph.D. Student






Caitlin Sprowls
M.S. Student






Aubree Jones
TIO Undergraduate Fellow






Mackenzie Merrill






Erin Mattson
M.S. Student






Traver Wright, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Scientist






Brian Kot, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral scientist






Lori Timm
Ph.D. student






Alyssa Marsh
M.S. Student






Carly Ginter
M.S. Student






Emily Kane
M.S. Student






Rachel Neuenhoff
M.S. Student






Brian Bloodworth
M.S. Student






Janelle Case
M.S. Student






Alejandra Salazar
M.S. Student






Heidi Amin
TIO Undergraduate Fellow






Jennifer Hill
Undergraduate Intern






Mandi Moss
B.S. Student






Zach Leman






Fabiola Rivera
National Science Foundation REU Intern






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