Department of Life Sciences Directory


Photo of Cherie McCollough Cherie McCollough, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Office: TH 135
Phone: (361) 825-3166


Science education; student retention; multicultural education; teacher mentoring and training; avian ecology and population biology
Photo of Gregory Buck Gregory Buck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Assistant to Chair
Office: TH 236
Phone: (361) 825-3717


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

Photo of Ken Brown Ken Brown
Senior Administrative Assistant
Office: TH 309E
Phone: (361) 825-3907



Photo of Keisha Bahr Keisha Bahr, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: TH 242
Phone: (361) 825-3707


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 Suzzette Chopin Suzzette Chopin, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Biomedical Sciences


Health equity through community based participatory research

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


Evolutionary biogeography, herbarium records, phylogeny, phyloregions, vascular plants
Photo of Sharon Derrick, D-ABFA Sharon Derrick, D-ABFA, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Forensics Coordinator
Office: TH 239
Phone: (361) 825-3637


Forensic personal identification from the skeleton and bone trauma analysis.

Photo of Stella Doyungan Stella Doyungan, Ph.D.
Professional Associate Professor
Office: TH 232
Phone: (361) 825-3686


Microbiology
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 Xavier Fonz Gonzales Xavier Fonz Gonzales, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
Professional Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences
JAMP Faculty Director
Office: TH 235
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.
Associate Professor
Office: TH 137
Phone: (361) 825-5883


Marine connectivity; larval dispersal; population ecology; population genetics
Photo of Ivy Jones Ivy Jones, Ph.D.
Professional Assistant Professor
Office: TH 133
Phone: (361) 825-3259



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


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



Photo of Fabio Moretzsohn Fabio Moretzsohn, Ph.D.
Professional Assistant Professor
Office: TH 333
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: TH 335
Phone: (361) 825-3634


Neurobiology; biological basis of learning and memory; behavior

Photo of Felix Omoruyi Felix Omoruyi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science
Office: TH 238
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 Dara Orbach Dara Orbach, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: TH 231
Phone: (361) 825-3217



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.
Professor
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 Jean Sparks Jean Sparks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Laboratory Science
Office: TH 237
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 311C
Phone: (361) 825-3254


Marine biology, marine ecology, marine fisheries ecology, fisheries, estuarine ecology, environmental biology

Photo of M-Emad Tahtamouni M-Emad Tahtamouni, Ph.D.
Professional Assistant Professor
Office: TH 132
Phone: (361) 825-5819


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 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 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 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

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



Photo of Sue Burgess Sue Burgess
Administrative Assistant
Office: TH 309G
Phone: (361) 825-2005


Photo of Jessica Han Jessica Han
Laboratory Coordinator
Office: TH 210C
Phone: (361) 825-3628



Photo of Philip Jose Philip Jose
Laboratory Coordinator
Office: TH 143
Phone: (361) 825-5757


Photo of Sarah Wood Sarah Wood
Administrative Assistant
Office: TH 309F
Phone: (361) 825-2754