Students

Sajjad Abdullajintakam

Sajjad Abdullajintakam

Faculty Advisor: Richard Coffin
Research:
Reconstructing the biogeochemistry of marine methane seeps from sediment records
Start: Fall 2013, PhD student

 

Abishek Adhikari

Abishek Adhikari

Faculty Advisor: Chuntao Liu
Research:
Satellite remote sensing of precipitation and rare events such as snow, thundersnow, freezing rain
Start date: Spring 2015, PhD student

 

Mohammad  BarzegarPaiinLamouki

Mohammad Barzegar-Paiin-Lamouki 

Faculty Advisor: Darek Bogucki
Research:
Physical oceanography
Start:
Fall 2015, PhD student

 

Jacquelyn Campbell

Jacquelyn Campbell

Faculty Advisor: Joseph David Felix
Research:
Investigating the isotopic composition of reactive nitrogen in Baffin Bay
Start:
Fall 2016, MS student

 

Cole Castleberry

Cole Castleberry

Faculty Advisor: Delbert Smee
Research:
Ecology
Start:
Summer 2016, MS student

 

Emily Cira

Emily Cira

Faculty Advisor: Michael Wetz
Research: Estuarine food web dynamics, water quality, and controls upon estuarine phytoplankton growth
Start: Fall 2013, PhD candidate
Awards and Honors: Outstanding Research Assistant (2016), NOAA Knauss Fellow (2017)

 

Patricia Cockett

Patricia Cockett

Faculty Advisor: Chris Bird
Research:
Genetics
Start:
Summer 2015, PhD student

 

Jenna Cooper

Jenna Cooper

Faculty Advisor: Richard Coffin
Research:
Marine Geochemistry
Start:
Fall 2017, PhD student

 

Kelly Correia

Kelly Correia

Faculty Advisor: Jeremy Conkle
Research:
Environmental chemistry
Start:
Fall 2016, PhD student

 

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Michelle Culver

Faculty Advisor: James Gibeaut
Research: Characterization of the Relationship between Beach Geomorphology and Kemp’s Ridley(Lepidochelys kempii) Nest Site Selection
Start:
Fall 2016, MS student

 

Elizabeth Del Rosario

Elizabeth Del Rosario
Faculty Advisors:
Richard McLaughlin, Paul Montagna
Research:
Freshwater resource policy and regulations
Start:
Fall 2015, PhD student

 

Larissa Dias

Larissa Dias

Faculty Advisor: Xinping Hu
Research: Carbon cycle
Start: Fall 2017, PhD student

 

Meredith Diskin

Meredith Diskin

Faculty Advisor: Delbert Smee
Research:
 Differences in the habitat structural complexity between mangroves and salt marshes impact predator-prey interactions
Start:
Fall 2016, PhD student

 

Diana DelAngle

Diana Del Angel

Faculty Advisor: David Yoskowitz
Research:
Assessment of salt marsh ecosystem services in the US Gulf of Mexico
Start:
Fall 2016, PhD Student

 

Audrey Douglas

Audrey Douglas

Faculty Advisor: Dorina Murgulet
Research: Role of submarine groundwater discharge in estuarine and coastal biogeochemical cycles
Start: Spring 2014, PhD candidate

 

Xue Feng

Xue Feng

Faculty Advisor: Toshiaki Shinoda
Research: Numerical modeling of the southeast Indian Ocean Current Systems, ocean variability, air-sea interaction
Start: Spring 2016, PhD student

 

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Larijai Francis

Faculty Advisor: Darek Bogucki
Research:
Physical oceanography
Start:
Summer 2015, PhD student

 

Bimal Gyawali

Bimal Gyawali

Faculty Advisor: Dorina Murgulet
Research: Spatial and temporal variation in groundwater storage and submarine groundwater discharge in coastal region and impact of climate change impact
Start: Summer 2016, PhD student

 

Lindsey Hayden

Lindsey Hayden

Faculty Advisor: Chuntao Liu
Research:
Remote sensing of clouds, aerosols, precipitation, and their interactions
Start:
Fall 2016, PhD student

 

Benjamin Johnston

Benjamin Johnston

Faculty Advisor: Feiqin Xie
Research: Using COSMIC and TRMM satellite data for understanding the effects of thunderstorms on the upper troposphere/lower stratosphere
Start: Spring 2014, PhD candidate

 

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Samantha Kate Jorden

Faculty Advisor: David Yoskowitz
Research:
Economics
Start:
Fall 2016, MS Student

 

Elena Kobrinski Keen

Faculty AdvisorRichard McLaughlin
Research: Status, Strategies, and Cost Management of Offshore Oil Rig Decommissioning and Rigs-to-Reefs Programs in the Gulf of Mexico: Addressing Decommissioning Challenges Using a Multi-Criteria Approach
Start:
Spring 2013, PhD candidate

 

Elaine Kurr

Elaine Kurr

Faculty Advisor: Paul Montagna
Research:
Estuarine ecology
Start:
Fall 2017, MS student

  

Thomas Levigne

Thomas Lavigne

Faculty Advisor: Chuntao Liu
Research:
Atmospheric science
Start:
Fall 2017, PhD student

 

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Nana Liu

Faculty Advisor: Chuntao Liu
Research:
Atmospheric science
Start:
Fall 2016, PhD student

 

Coral Lozada

Coral Lozada

Faculty Advisor: David Yoskowitz
Research:
Economics
Start:
Summer 2016, PhD Student

 

Katherine Martin

Katherine Martin

Faculty Advisor: Jeremy Conkle
Research:
Quantifying and characterizing the Mississippi River's contribution of microplastic debris to the Gulf of Mexico
Start:
August 2016, MS Student

 

Quinn McColly

Quinn McColly

Faculty Advisor: David Yoskowitz
Research:
Socio-economics and ecosystem services
Start:
Fall 2017, PhD student

 

Melissa McCutcheon

Melissa McCutcheon

Faculty Advisor: Xinping Hu
Dissertation Title:
Spatial and temporal trends and controlling factors of CO2 chemistry in the estuaries of the northwestern Gulf of Mexico
Start:
Fall 2015, PhD student

 

Mark McKay

Faculty AdvisorMark Besonen
Research: Understanding the temporal and spatial development of south Texas Bays and Estuaries from a paleoperspective
Start: Fall 2012, PhD candidate
Outreach: President of Satellite Educators Association (2013- present)

 

Kevin Nelson

Kevin Nelson

Faculty Advisor: Feiqin Xie
Research: Planetary boundary layer observation with GPS Radio Occultation, numerical simulations of marine boundary layer cloud systems, observation and simulation of tropical cyclone environment and structure using GPS Radio Occultation, geostatistical approaches to forecasting tropical cyclone tracks
Start: Fall 2016, PhD student


 

 

Chuyen Nguyen

Chuyen Nguyen

Faculty Advisor: Michael Starek
Research: Remote sensing
Start: Fall 2014, PhD student

 

Maria Nieva Tamasiunas

Mariana Carolina Nieva Tamasiunas

Faculty Advisor: Toshiaki Shinoda
Research:
Defining essential fish habitat in an ecosystem context: practical identification and relevance to management
Start: Fall 2017, MS student

 

Zack Olsen

Zachary Olsen

Faculty Advisor: Greg Stunz
Research:
Defining essential fish habitat in an ecosystem context: practical identification and relevance to management
Start: Fall 2015, PhD student

 

Cameron Page

Cameron Page

Faculty Advisor: Paul Montagna
Research:
Modeling the role of dissolved organic matter in estuarine primary production
Start:
Fall 2016, MS student

 

Ryan Rezek

Ryan Rezek

Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Bereses Pollack
Research:
Ecological structure and function of constructed coastal habitats
Start:
Fall 2012, PhD candidate

 

 

Melissa Rohal

Faculty AdvisorPaul Montagna
Research: Role of benthic invertebrates in coastal systems
Start:
Fall 2013, PhD candidate
Awards and Honors:
First place Doctoral 3MT Thesis Competition winner (2017)

 

Sagar Shrestha

Sagar Shrestha

Faculty Advisor: Hussain Abdulla
Research: 
Photo-transformation of dissolved organic nitrogen in coastal regions
Start:
Fall 2015, PhD student

 

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Samreen Siddiqui

Faculty Advisor: Jeremy Conkle
Research:
Future water quality challenges to aquaculture and influences on product safety
Start:
Spring 2016, PhD student

 

Jamie Smith

Jamie Smith

Faculty Advisor: Paul Montagna
Research: 
The interaction of hypoxia and high salinity on macro-benthos in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas, U.S.A
Start:
Fall 2016, MS candidate

 

 

Kieu Tran

Kieu Tran

Faculty Advisor: Jeremy Conkle
Research: Mapping and quantifying marine debris using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Start: Fall 2016, MS student

 

Lily Walker

Lily Walker

Faculty Advisor: Michael Wetz
Research:
Dissolved oxygen dynamics in Texas estuaries
Start:
Spring 2017, PhD student

 

Hongjie Wang

Hongjie Wang

Faculty AdvisorXinping Hu
Research: Drivers of carbon and oxygen dynamics in disparate marine ecosystems, decadal fCO2 trends in global ocean margins and adjacent boundary currents-influenced areas, oxygen consumption and respiring organic matter in northern Gulf of Mexico and south Texas bays.
Start: Fall 2013, PhD candidate
Awards and Honors: Outstanding Research Assistant (2017)

 

Jennifer Whitt

Jennifer Whitt

Faculty Advisor: Chris Patrick
Research:
Ecology
Start:
Fall 2016, MS student

 

Tommy Winning

Tommy Winning

Faculty Advisor: Feiqin Xie
Research: Boundary layer observation and measurement using GPS Radio Occultation
Start: Fall 2014, PhD student

 

Hongming Yao

Hongming Yao

Faculty Advisor: Xinping Hu
Research: Estuarine carbonate chemistry and CO2 flux
Start: Spring 2014, PhD candidate

 

Hao Yu

 

Hao Yu

Faculty Advisor: Lin Zhang
Research: The distribution and degradation of amino acids in marine environment
Start: Fall 2016, PhD student