Principal Investigator      

R. J. David Wells
Associate Professor, Chancellor EDGES Fellow
Department of Marine Biology (Galveston)
Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology (College Station)



Education: 

Ph.D. Louisiana State University (2007)

M.S. Texas A&M University (2002)

B.S. Oregon State University (1998)

Research Interest:

Biology and ecology of bony fishes, sharks, and rays. Research focus on life history, habitat use, movement, and feeding ecology of marine species throughout sub-tropical and temperate ecosystems.





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Graduate Students      

Emily Meese
Ph.D. Student



Education:

M.S. California State University, Long Beach (2019)

B.S. California State University, Long Beach (2014)

Research Interests:

 I am interested in food web ecology and the spatial and behavioral ecology of marine predators to better understand their ecological roles within their community. My dissertation will focus on understanding the food web and trophic linkages within a subtropical estuary in order to examine key ecological interactions among species and their habitats.





Brett Sweezey
Ph.D. Student



Education:

M.S. University of New England (2018)

B.S. Old Dominion University (2013)

Research Interests:

My interests in marine ecology stem from studying the connections between ecological, physiological, and environmental factors that may influence the spatial and temporal distribution of marine organisms. My dissertation is focused on identifying variation in movement and habitat connectivity of sharks at offshore banks to better inform fisheries management of best conservation practices within the Gulf of Mexico.





Paco Fontaine
Ph.D. student



Education:

M.S. University of the Azores (2021)

B.S. University College Cork (2019)

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the ecology of marine predators within coastal ecosystems. I am particularly interested in the trophic ecology and habitat use of elasmobranchs, with the aims of understanding their role in food webs. My dissertation research will explore dietary habits and spatial movements of sympatric batoids in Texas estuaries.





Daniel Martinez
M.S. Student



Education:

B.S. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (2017)

Research Interests:

I am broadly interested in the spatial and temporal movement and feeding patterns of marine fishes. My thesis is focusing on the diets of red drum throughout the Galveston Bay Estuarine Complex.





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Research Associates      

Landes Randall
Senior Research Associate



Education:

M.S. Texas A&M University (2014)

B.S. Trinity University (2011)

Research Interests:

I am interested in habitat use and ecology of marine fishes. My research focuses on using acoustic telemetry to monitor fish and shark movement, habitat use, and residency within the estuary and coastal environment. The goal of this research is to provide insight into habitat preference and movement of fish populations which could aid in management decisions.





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Lab Alumni      

Mariah Livernois



Education:

Ph.D. Texas A&M University (2022)

M.S. University of South Alabama (2018)

B.S. Northeastern University (2015)

Dissertation: 

Ecological dynamics and connectivity within an assemblage of predatory fishes in coastal Texas





Erin Johnson



Education:

M.S. Texas A&M University (2022)

B.S. University of West Florida (2020)

Thesis:

Species composition, relative abundance, and environmental effects on demersal fishes in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico





Santiago Dominguez-Sanchez



Education:

M.S. Texas A&M University (2022)

Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur, Mexico

Thesis:

Residency and movement patterns of giant manta ray, Mobula birostris,  in Bahia de Banderas, Mexico





John Mohan
Assistant Research Scientist & Post-doctoral Research Associate (2015-2020)



Education:

PhD. University of Texas (2015)

M.S. East Carolina University (2009)

B.S. Penn State University (2006)

Current Position:

Assistant Professor, University of New England





Tom Tinhan



Education:

Ph.D. Texas A&M University (2020)

M.S., California State University, Long Beach (2013)

B.S. University of Hawai'i at Manoa (2009)

Dissertation:

Population and Trophic Connectivity of Bull Sharks in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico





Travis Richards



Education:

Ph.D. Texas A&M University (2020)

M.S. Florida State University (2014)

B.S. Eckerd College (2007)

Dissertation:

Trophic Structure and Food Web Dynamics of Deep-Pelagic Micronekton in the Gulf of Mexico





Jeff Plumlee



Education:

M.S. Texas A&M University (2018)

B.S. Texas A&M University (2015)

Thesis:

Community structure and feeding ecology of fishes on artificial reefs in the northwest Gulf of Mexico.





Kaylan Dance



Education:

M.S. Texas A&M University (2017)

B.S. Texas A&M University (2012)

Thesis:

Feeding ecology of gray triggerfish and red snapper at artificial reefs in the northwest Gulf of Mexico





Veronica Quesnell



Education:

M.S. Texas A&M University (2017)

B.S. Michigan State University (2012)

Thesis:

Nursery origin and connectivity of swordfish in the North Pacific Ocean





Natalie Spear



Education:

M.S. Texas A&M University (2017)

B.S. University of California, Berkeley (2005)

Thesis:

Age and growth validation of the common thresher shark in the northeastern Pacific Ocean





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