Faculty & Staff Directory
Administrators for the Coastal & Marine System Science Program
Xinping Hu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Office: SL2 104
Phone: (361) 825-3395
Oceanic carbon cycle; Ocean acidification; Sediment early diagenesis; Carbonate geochemistry; Stable isotope biogeochemistry
Faculty in the Coastal & Marine System Science Program
Hussain Abdulla, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: CS 211
Phone: (361) 825-6050
Focusing on four research areas of Organic Biogeochemistry: Environmental metabolomics; Fate of terrestrial dissolved organic matter; Effects of natural organic matter in the solubility of anthropogenic pollutants and Chemical characterization of trace metals organic ligands.
Mohamed Ahmed, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geophysics
Office: NRC 3101
Phone: (361) 825-3278
Applying geophysics, remote sensing, hydrogeology, modeling, and GIS to investigate a wide range of complex problems
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
Darek Bogucki, Ph.D.
Office: HRI 118
Phone: (361) 825-2836
Small scale physical processes in the coastal ocean, including remote sensing, numerical methods in fluid dynamics, biological-physical interactions, sensors, and LIDAR
Jeremy Conkle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: HRI 104
Phone: (361) 825-2862
Fate, transport and health (ecosystem and human) impacts of pollutants, particularly emerging contaminants and marine plastics in coastal and marine environments.
Joseph David Felix, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry
Office: NRC 3202
Phone: (361) 825-4180
Stable isotope biogeochemistry; Transport, fate, and air-sea-land exchange processes of volatile organic compounds and reactive nitrogen; Bulk and compound-specific stable isotope analysis method development
James Gibeaut, Ph.D.
Endowed Associate Research Professor
Office: HRI 215A
Phone: (361) 825-2060
Coastal geology using topographic Lidar, remote sensing, GIS, and field surveys to measure and understand coastal change.
Sunil Mathur, Ph.D.
Assistant to the Dean for Research & Development and Professor of Math
Office: CI 356
Phone: (361) 825-3932
Dr. Mathur's research interests include childhood obesity, memory loss, epigenetics, cancer research, public health, biostatistics, genomics, big data, and epidemiology.
Paul Montagna, Ph.D.
Endowed Chair for Ecosystems Studies and Modeling
Office: HRI 210A
Phone: (361) 825-2040
Ecosystem studies with a focus on benthic components, freshwater resources, water quality, ecosystem modeling, and environmental statistics; and integrating natural science with human dimensions research.
Dorina Murgulet, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Hydrogeology
Office: NRC 3103
Phone: (361) 825-2309
Physical and Contaminant Hydrogeology; Hydrology and Water Resources; Groundwater/surface water interactions; Coastal hydrogeology.
Ed Proffitt, Ph.D.
Office: EN 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
Michael Starek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Civil and Geospatial Engineering
Office: NRC 3407
Phone: (361) 825-3978
Geospatial remote sensing and analytics, including LiDAR and UAV approaches, for study of natural and built systems with emphasis on coastal-environmental problem domains.
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
Feiqin Xie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Office: NRC 3507
Phone: (361) 825-3229
My primary research interests are in atmospheric remote sensing and atmospheric dynamics.
Hua Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering
Office: EN 312
Phone: (361) 825-2467
Hydrology and Ecohydrology; Water Resources Planning and Management; Multisource Remote Sensing and GIS; Water and Soil Pollution Control; Environmental Systems Analysis; Environmental Impact Assessment; Wetland Restoration and Ecological Engineering.
Lin Zhang, Ph.D.
Office: HRI 104
Phone: (361) 825-2095
Compound/Position Specific Carbon and Nitrogen Isotopic Analysis in Amino Acids and Application in Oceanography and Ecology. Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry of Greenhouse Gases in Alaskan Peatlands.
Research Professors in the Coastal & Marine System Science Program