Faculty & Staff Directory
Administrators for the Environmental Science Program
Jennifer Smith-Engle, Ph.D.
Professor and Program Coordinator
Office: NRC 3502
Phone: (361) 825-2436
Coastal geology, coastal management, sedimentary geology, regional geology, coastal processes; coastal regulations and resource management; Late Pleistocene/Holocene coastal geology and geomorphology
Faculty in the Environmental 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
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
Kirk Cammarata, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology and Assistant to LSCI Chair
Office: EN 319B
Phone: (361) 825-2468
Plant responses to contaminated environments using molecular, biochemical and genomics techniques; Phytoremediation; Molecular characterization of epiphytic biofilms on seagrasses; Seagrass stress responses
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
Xinping Hu, Ph.D.
CMSS Program Coordinator and Associate Professor
Office: SL2 104
Phone: (361) 825-3395
Oceanic carbon cycle; Ocean acidification; Sediment early diagenesis; Carbonate geochemistry; Stable isotope biogeochemistry
Cherie McCollough, Ph.D.
Office: EN 319E
Phone: (361) 825-3166
Dr. 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.
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.
Brandi Reese, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology
Office: SL1 105
Phone: (361) 825-3022
Microbial ecology, Geomicrobiology, Biogeochemistry, Molecular microbiology, Genetics, Transcriptomics, Marine deep subsurface biosphere
Jim Silliman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office: HRI 120
Phone: (361) 825-3718
Organic geochemistry: Climate and environmental change and Differences in organic geochemical practices, Biogeochemistry, Environmental chemistry
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 214A
Phone: (361) 825-3254
Marine biology, marine ecology, marine fisheries ecology, fisheries, estuarine ecology, environmental biology
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
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.
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.