Faculty & Staff Directory
Administrators for the Biology Program
Cherie McCollough, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
Office: TH 135
Phone: (361) 825-3166
r. McCollough is interested in environmental education issues that are related to ecology and life sciences and has research experience both in the public schools and higher education.
Kirk Cammarata, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Office: TH 338
Phone: (361) 825-2468
Physiology/biochemistry/molecular biology of seagrass stress responses to anthropogenic impacts; epiphyte dynamics and interactions with seagrasses
Faculty in the Biology Program
Chris Bird, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: TH 234
Phone: (361) 825-6024
Molecular Ecology, Evolution, Population Genetics, Marine Biology, Community Ecology, Fisheries Management, Invertebrate Zoology, Biotechnology
Joe Fox, Ph.D.
Professor of Mariculture, Environmental Science, Coastal & Marine System Science
Office: HRI 210B
Phone: (361) 825-3209
Aquatic animal nutrition, disease and physiology; nutritional ecology; crustacean biology
Simon Geist, Ph.D.
Office: TH 337
Phone: (361) 825-4164
Early life history traits of fisheries resources: ecophysiology, ecology, recruitment-environment interactions
Xavier Fonz Gonzales, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
Professional Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences
JAMP Faculty Director
Office: TH 235
Phone: (361) 825-3824
Immunology; Oncology; Endocrinology; Microbial Pathogenesis; Clinical Microbiology; Microbial Ecology; Genetics; Stress and psychological disorders on disease development
Fabio Moretzsohn, Ph.D.
Professional Assistant Professor
Office: TH 333
Phone: (361) 825-3477
Marine biology, ecology, invertebrate zoology, biodiversity and conservation, molluscan biology, taxonomy, taxonomic databases, deep-sea, and citizen scientist projects.
Felix Omoruyi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science
Office: TH 238
Phone: (361) 825-2473
Currently, research in my laboratory is centered on the biochemical changes in the red blood cell membrane and serum in fairly and poorly controlled diabetic patients relative to healthy control.
David Portnoy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marine Biology
Office: TH 138
Phone: (361) 825-2859
Conservation genetics of exploited marine fishes, historical patterns of zoogeography, systematics and evolution of bony fishes and elasmobranchs, patterns of sexual selection, conflict and speciation.
Ed Proffitt, Ph.D.
Office: RFEB 310A
Phone: (361) 825-2358
Ecology of estuarine and marine plants and invertebrates; ecological genetics; experimental design and biometry; applying multivariate statistics to address large-scale problems
Brandi Reese, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology
Office: TH 136
Phone: (361) 825-3022
Microbial ecology, Geomicrobiology, Biogeochemistry, Molecular microbiology, Genetics, Transcriptomics, Marine deep subsurface biosphere
John Scarpa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Aquaculture
Office: TH 339
Phone: (361) 825-2369
Mariculture/Aquaculture of bivalves, crustaceans, microalgae and biomedical species (e.g., tunicates); oyster restoration and stock enhancement
Greg Stunz, Ph.D.
Professor of Marine Biology and Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health
Office: HRI 311C
Phone: (361) 825-3254
Marine biology, marine ecology, marine fisheries ecology, fisheries, estuarine ecology, environmental biology
Jeffrey Turner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marine Biology
Office: TH 240
Phone: (361) 825-6206
Microbial Ecology, Molecular Biology, Population Genetics, Evolution, Genomics, Metagenomics, connections between oceans and human health
Michael Wetz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marine Biology
Office: SL2 102
Phone: (361) 825-2132
Phytoplankton ecology, estuarine and coastal food webs and biogeochemical cycles, effects of climatic and anthropogenic change
Kim Withers, Ph.D.
Office: NRC 3205
Phone: (361) 825-5907
Tidal flat ecology; invertebrates & nekton of tidal flats & marshes; shorebird habitat use on tidal flats in Laguna Madre & Corpus Christi Bay; mangrove-associated faunas; seagrass ecology & invertebrate communities; impacts of succession on juvenile fish communities; fisheries resources in Texas & Mexico
Research Professors in the Biology Program
Staff in the Biology Program
BS (Clinical Lab Studies)Chemistry
Minor, BS, MSFisheries & Mariculture
Minor, BS, MSPhysics
Minor, BSUndecided S&E Students