Faculty & Staff Directory

Administrators for the Fisheries and Mariculture Program

Photo of John ScarpaJohn Scarpa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Office: TH 339
Phone: (361) 825-2369

Mariculture/Aquaculture of bivalves, crustaceans, microalgae and biomedical species (e.g., tunicates); oyster restoration and stock enhancement

Faculty in the Fisheries and Mariculture Program

Photo of Chris Bird 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
Photo of Joe Fox 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

Photo of Simon Geist Simon Geist, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: TH 337
Phone: (361) 825-4164

Early life history traits of fisheries resources: ecophysiology, ecology, recruitment-environment interactions
Photo of Derek Hogan Derek Hogan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: TH 137
Phone: (361) 825-5883

Marine connectivity; larval dispersal; population ecology; population genetics

Photo of Paul Montagna Paul Montagna, Ph.D.
Endowed Chair for Ecosystems Studies and Modeling
Office: HRI 210A
Phone: (361) 825-2040

Coastal ecology with emphasis on watersheds & estuaries; ecosystems with emphasis on water quality & benthos; modeling, statistics, & experimental design; ecoinformatics
Photo of Jennifer Pollack Jennifer Pollack, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marine Biology
Office: SL2 101
Phone: (361) 825-2041

Field research experience in temperate salt marsh creeks, semi-arid estuaries, and polar regions

Photo of David Portnoy 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.
Photo of Ed Proffitt 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

Photo of Greg Stunz 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
Photo of Benjamin Walther Benjamin Walther, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: TH 336
Phone: (361) 825-4168

Fish migration ecology; population connectivity; habitat use; food web dynamics; carbonate chemistry

Photo of Kim Withers Kim Withers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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
Photo of Paul Zimba Paul Zimba, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Center for Coastal Studies
Office: NRC 3213
Phone: (361) 825-2768

Phytoplankton ecology and harmful algal blooms

Adjunct Faculty in the Fisheries and Mariculture Program

Photo of James Tolan James Tolan, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Office: NRC 2501
Phone: (361) 825-3247

Fisheries; Larval Fish Biology; Bay and Estuary Freshwater Inflows; Ecology; Fisheries Management; Population Biology; Ecological Indicators
Photo of Robert Vega Robert Vega, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Office: Texas P & W
Phone: (361) 939-7784

Mariculture; marine fish hatcheries; stock enhancement

Research Professors in the Fisheries and Mariculture Program

Photo of Donna Devlin Donna Devlin, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Office: CS 106
Phone: (361) 825-3935