Faculty & Staff Directory
Administrators for the Marine Biology Program
Faculty in the Marine Biology Program
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
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
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.
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
Simon Geist, Ph.D.
Office: TH 337
Phone: (361) 825-4164
Early life history traits of fisheries resources: ecophysiology, ecology, recruitment-environment interactions
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
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.
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
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.
Ed Proffitt, Ph.D.
Office: EN 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
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
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
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
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
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
Kim Withers, Ph.D.
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
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.
Research Professors in the Marine Biology Program