Faculty & Staff Directory

Administrators for the Marine Biology Program

Photo of Benjamin WaltherBenjamin Walther, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Office: TH 336
Phone: (361) 825-4168

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

Faculty in the Marine Biology 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 Kirk Cammarata Kirk Cammarata, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology and Assistant to LSCI Chair
Office: TH 338
Phone: (361) 825-2468

Physiology/biochemistry/molecular biology of seagrass stress responses to anthropogenic impacts; epiphyte dynamics and interactions with seagrasses

Photo of Barnabas Daru Barnabas Daru, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: TH 141
Phone: (361) 825-3489

My research focuses on how the evolutionary history of species - their phylogenetic relationships - can inform our understanding of the origin and distribution of biodiversity; and how this understanding can guide conservation decisions across local and regional scales. Key focal areas of my work include ecology, processes that underlie species assembly, species introductions and extinctions, global climate change, and conservation.
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 Xinping Hu Xinping Hu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: SL2 104
Phone: (361) 825-3395

Oceanic carbon cycle; Ocean acidification; Sediment early diagenesis; Carbonate geochemistry; Stable isotope biogeochemistry
Photo of Patrick Larkin Patrick Larkin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office: CS 203
Phone: (361) 825-3258

Plant biochemistry and genetics; fate and metabolism of nutrients and toxins, diversity and dispersal, conservation.

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 Riccardo Mozzachiodi Riccardo Mozzachiodi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Office: TH 335
Phone: (361) 825-3634

Neurobiology; biological basis of learning and memory; behavior

Photo of Christopher Patrick Christopher Patrick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: TH 140
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: 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 Brandi Reese 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

Photo of John Scarpa 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
Photo of Frauke Seemann Frauke Seemann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marine Biomedical Science
Office: TH 332
Phone: (361) 825-2683

Photo of Blair Sterba-Boatwright Blair Sterba-Boatwright, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Professor of Math
Office: CI 370
Phone: (361) 825-2724

Applied statistics (particularly to ecological data), Bayesian statistics
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 Jeffrey Turner 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
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 Wei Xu Wei Xu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marine Biomedical Science
Office: TH 331
Phone: (361) 825-2676

Photo of Lin Zhang Lin Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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.
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 Marine Biology Program

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