Faculty & Staff Directory

Administrators for the Department of Life Sciences

Photo of Ed ProffittEd Proffitt, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Office: EN 319
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 Cherie McColloughCherie McCollough, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and assistant to the Chair
Office: EN 310A
Phone: (361) 825-3166

Science education; student retention; multicultural education; teacher mentoring and training; avian ecology and population biology

Faculty in the Department of Life Sciences

Photo of Chris Bird Chris Bird, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: CS 246
Phone: (361) 825-6024

Molecular Ecology, Evolution, Population Genetics, Marine Biology, Community Ecology, Fisheries Management, Invertebrate Zoology, Biotechnology
Photo of Gregory Buck Gregory Buck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: CS 251
Phone: (361) 825-3717

Molecular biology of prokaryotes; medical microbiology; virology; science education

Photo of Kirk Cammarata Kirk Cammarata, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: EN 319B
Phone: (361) 825-2468

Physiology/biochemistry/molecular biology of seagrass stress responses to anthropogenic impacts; epiphyte dynamics and interactions with seagrasses
Photo of Suzzette Chopin Suzzette Chopin, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Biomedical Sciences

Health equity through community based participatory research

Photo of Stella Doyungan Stella Doyungan, Ph.D.
Professional Assistant Professor
Office: EN 308
Phone: (361) 825-3686

Photo of Joe Fox Joe Fox, Ph.D.
Professor of Mariculture, Environmental Science, Coastal & Marine System Science
Office: NRC 3413
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: SL1 101
Phone: (361) 825-4164

Early life history traits of fisheries resources: ecophysiology, ecology, recruitment-environment interactions
Photo of Christine Gerin Christine Gerin, Ph.D.
Professional Assistant Professor
Office: EN 319F
Phone: (361) 825-3489

Photo of Xavier Fonz Gonzales Xavier Fonz Gonzales, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
Professional Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences
JAMP Faculty Director
Office: EN 310C
Phone: (361) 825-3824

Immunology; Oncology; Endocrinology; Microbial Pathogenesis; Clinical Microbiology; Microbial Ecology; Genetics; Stress and psychological disorders on disease development
Photo of Derek Hogan Derek Hogan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: HRI 102
Phone: (361) 825-5883

Marine connectivity; larval dispersal; population ecology; population genetics

Photo of David McKee David McKee, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Office: EN 314F
Phone: (361) 825-2676

Marine ecology; ichthyology, fisheries, mariculture
Photo of Judy Metcalf Judy Metcalf, Ph.D.
Professional Assistant Professor
Office: EN 309
Phone: (361) 825-3959

Photo of Fabio Moretzsohn Fabio Moretzsohn, Ph.D.
Professional Assistant Professor
Office: EN 311
Phone: (361) 825-3477

Marine biology, ecology, invertebrate zoology, biodiversity and conservation, molluscan biology, taxonomy, taxonomic databases, deep-sea, and citizen scientist projects.
Photo of Riccardo Mozzachiodi Riccardo Mozzachiodi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Office: EN 321
Phone: (361) 825-3634

Neurobiology; biological basis of learning and memory; behavior

Photo of Terri Nicolau Terri Nicolau, M.S.
Visiting Instructor of Biology
Office: EN 310B
Phone: (361) 825-2166

Photo of Felix Omoruyi Felix Omoruyi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science
Office: CS 130B
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.

Photo of Christopher Patrick Christopher Patrick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: HRI 121
Phone: (361) 825-6022

Photo of Frank Pezold Frank Pezold, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean of the College
Office: CI 372
Phone: (361) 825-2349

Fish diversity, systematics, ecology and conservation

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: HRI 213A
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 Brandi Reese 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
Photo of John Scarpa John Scarpa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Aquaculture
Office: EN 319D
Phone: (361) 825-2369

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

Photo of Anthony Siccardi Anthony Siccardi, Ph.D.
Professional Assistant Professor of Fisheries & Mariculture
Office: EN 319
Phone: (361) 825-2754

Microalgae and macroalgae production for biofuel and bioproducts; Aquaculture/mariculture of fish and crustaceans; Aquatic nutrition; Zebrafish
Photo of Lee Smee Lee Smee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: CS 250
Phone: (361) 825-3637

Ecology; animal behavior; chemical signaling in aquatic systems; marine biology

Photo of Jean Sparks Jean Sparks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Laboratory Science
Office: CS 130G
Phone: (361) 825-2359

Clinical laboratory science; hematology; botany
Photo of Greg Stunz 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

Photo of Wes Tunnell Wes Tunnell, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Office: HRI 318C
Phone: (361) 825-2055

Coral reef and coastal ecology; molluscan systematics distribution, and ecology; Gulf of Mexico biodiversity; oil spill impacts to marine environments
Photo of Jeffrey Turner Jeffrey Turner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marine Biology
Office: SL1 105
Phone: (361) 825-6206

Microbial Ecology, Molecular Biology, Population Genetics, Evolution, Genomics, Metagenomics, connections between oceans and human health

Photo of Benjamin Walther Benjamin Walther, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: SL1 102
Phone: (361) 825-4168

Fish migration ecology; population connectivity; habitat use; food web dynamics; carbonate chemistry
Photo of Michael Wetz 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

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

Research Professors in the Department of Life Sciences

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

Staff in the Department of Life Sciences

Photo of Ken Brown Ken Brown
Senior Administrative Assistant
Office: EN 319C
Phone: (361) 825-3907

Photo of Ronnie Emanuel Ronnie Emanuel
Academic Advisor

Biology MS
Biomedical Sciences BS (Clinical Lab Studies)
Chemistry Minor, BS, MS
Fisheries & Mariculture MS
Marine Biology MS
Math Minor, BS, MS
Physics Minor, BS
Undecided S&E Students BS

Photo of Kyle Fuehrer Kyle Fuehrer
Academic Advisor

Biomedical Sciences BS [G-Z]
  (Pre-Professional & Forensic)
Photo of Jessica Han Jessica Han
Laboratory Coordinator
Office: CS 253
Phone: (361) 825-3628

Photo of Philip Jose Philip Jose
Laboratory Coordinator
Office: CS 243
Phone: (361) 825-5757

Photo of Angela Pena Angela Pena
Administrative Assistant
Office: EN 319
Phone: (361) 825-2754

Photo of Bethany Pfeiffer Bethany Pfeiffer
Academic Advisor

Atmospheric Science Minor, BS
Biology Freshmen [A-M]*
Environmental Science Minor, BS
Geology Minor, BS

*Freshmen are defined as students with fewer than 30 semester credit hours earned.
Photo of Githzette Planas Githzette Planas
Laboratory Coordinator
Office: CS 253
Phone: (361) 825-2891

Photo of Cari Reed Cari Reed
Academic Advisor

Biology Minor, Freshmen [N-Z], Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Photo of Lori Shearin Lori Shearin
Academic Advisor

Biomedical Sciences BS [A-F]
(Pre-Professional & Forensic)
Electrical Engineering BS
Geography Minor
Geographic Information Science Minor, BS, PB Cert
Geomatics PB Cert
Mechanical Engineering Freshmen*
Mechanical Engineering Technology Freshmen*

*Freshmen are defined as students with fewer than 30 semester credit hours earned

Photo of Sue Vickers Sue Vickers
Administrative Assistant
Office: HRI 122
Phone: (361) 825-2005