Faculty & Staff Directory

Administrators for the Marine Biology Program


Photo of Jennifer PollackJennifer Pollack, Ph.D.
Professor and Program Coordinator
Office: SL2 101
Phone: (361) 825-2041
jennifer.pollack@tamucc.edu

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

Faculty in the Marine Biology Program


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

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
Office: EN 319B
Phone: (361) 825-2468
kirk.cammarata@tamucc.edu

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

Photo of Joe Fox Joe Fox, Ph.D.
Professor of Mariculture, Environmental Science, Coastal & Marine System Science
Office: NRC 3413
Phone: (361) 825-3209
joe.fox@tamucc.edu

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
simon.geist@tamucc.edu

Early life history traits of fisheries resources: ecophysiology, ecology, recruitment-environment interactions

Photo of Derek Hogan Derek Hogan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: HRI 102
Phone: (361) 825-5883
james.hogan@tamucc.edu

Marine connectivity; larval dispersal; population ecology; population genetics
Photo of Xinping Hu Xinping Hu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: SL2 104
Phone: (361) 825-3395
xinping.hu@tamucc.edu

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
patrick.larkin@tamucc.edu

Molecular ecology, conservation genetics, natural products chemistry
Photo of Paul Montagna Paul Montagna, Ph.D.
Endowed Chair for Ecosystems Studies and Modeling
Office: HRI 210A
Phone: (361) 825-2040
paul.montagna@tamucc.edu

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: EN 321
Phone: (361) 825-3634
riccardo.mozzachiodi@tamucc.edu

Neurobiology; biological basis of learning and memory; behavior
Photo of Christopher Patrick Christopher Patrick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: HRI 121
Phone: (361) 825-6022
christopher.patrick@tamucc.edu


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

Fish diversity, systematics, ecology, and conservation
Photo of David Portnoy David Portnoy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marine Biology
Office: HRI 213A
Phone: (361) 825-2859
david.portnoy@tamucc.edu

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
brandi.reese@tamucc.edu

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
john.scarpa@tamucc.edu

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

Photo of Lee Smee Lee Smee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: CS 250
Phone: (361) 825-3637
lee.smee@tamucc.edu

Ecology; animal behavior; chemical signaling in aquatic systems; marine biology
Photo of Blair Sterba-Boatwright Blair Sterba-Boatwright, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Office: CI 312
Phone: (361) 825-2724
blair.sterbaboatwright@tamucc.edu

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 214A
Phone: (361) 825-3254
greg.stunz@tamucc.edu

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: SL1 105
Phone: (361) 825-6206
jeffrey.turner@tamucc.edu

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
benjamin.walther@tamucc.edu

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
michael.wetz@tamucc.edu

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
kim.withers@tamucc.edu

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
paul.zimba@tamucc.edu

Phytoplankton ecology and harmful algal blooms

Research Professors in the Marine Biology Program


Photo of Donna Devlin Donna Devlin
Research Professor
Office: CS 106
Phone: (361) 825-3935
donna.devlin@tamucc.edu