Gabby Ahmadia, PhD 2012

Picture of Gabby AhmadiaFaculty Advisor: Frank Pezold

Dissertation: Elucidating Factors Structuring Cryptobenthic Reef Fish Assemblages

Sandra Arismendez, PhD 2010

Picture of Sandra ArismendezFaculty Advisors: Paul Montagna and John W. Tunnell

Dissertation: Land-Water Nutrient Coupling Processes in Central Texas Estuaries

Eleonor Barraza, PhD 2014

Picture of Eleonor BarrazaFaculty Advisor: James Gibeaut

Dissertation: Increasing Resilience of Urban Development on Texas Barrier Islands

Brittany Blomberg, PhD 2015

Picture of Brittany BlombergFaculty Advisors: Paul Montagna and Jennifer Pollack

Dissertation: Evaluating Success of Oyster Reef Restoration

Jacque Campbell, MS 2018

Picture of Jacque CampbellFaculty Advisor: Dave Felix

Thesis: Investigating the Isotopic Composition of Reactive Nitrogen in a South Texas Estuary (Baffin Bay).

Cole Castleberry, MS 2018

Picture of Cole CastleberryFaculty Advisor: Lee Smee

Thesis: The Risk Assessment Capability and Defense Induction Strategy of the Eastern Oyster Crassostrea virginica

Michelle Culver, MS 2018

Picture of Michelle CulverFaculty Advisor: James Gibeaut

Thesis: Beach Geomorphology and Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) Nest Site Selection Along Padre Island, TX, USA

Awards and Honors: Second Place MS 3MT Thesis Competition winner(2017)

Maggie Dalthorp, PhD 2011

Picture of Maggie DalthorpFaculty Advisor: Thomas Naehr

Dissertation: The Geology of Gulf of Mexico Hydrocarbon Seeps: Structural and Stratigraphic Relationships of Hydrocarbon Seeps in the Gulf of Mexico and the Geological Factors Contributing to Sea Surface Oil Slick Formation

Rachel Edwards, MS 2016

Picture of Rachel EdwardsFaculty Advisor: James Gibeaut

Thesis: Rising Above: Impacts of Coastal Policies with Respect to Sea Level Rise in Galveston Bay, Texas

Peter Etnoyer, PhD 2009

Picture of Peter EtnoyerFaculty Advisor: Thomas Shirley

Dissertation: Distribution and Diversity of Octocorals in the Gulf of Mexico

Bridgette Froeschke, PhD 2011

Picture of Bridgette FroeschkeFaculty Advisor: Greg Stunz

Dissertation: Assessment of Past, Present, and Future Status of Southern Flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) in Texas Using a Time Series and Quantitative Modeling Approach

John Froeschke, PhD 2010

Picture of John FroeschkeFaculty Advisors: Greg Stunz and Mark Wildhaber

Dissertation: Defining Essential Fish Habitat: The Influence of Life History, Biotic, and Abiotic Factors

Oscar Garcia-Pineda, PhD 2009

Picture of Oscar Garcia-PinedaFaculty Advisor: Ian MacDonald

Dissertation: Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Oil Slicks in the Gulf of Mexico Based on Remote Sensing

Lauren Hutchison, PhD 2016

Picture of Lauren HutchisonFaculty Advisor: David Yoskowitz

Dissertation: Operationalizing Coastal Wetland Ecosystem Services for Enhanced Decision Making and Resilience

Keith Johnson, PhD 2012

Picture of Keith JohnsonFaculty Advisor: Delbert Smee

Dissertation: Eastern Oysters Offer No Pearl, But They Might Be in Peril: Understanding How Lethal and Non Lethal Predator Effects Influence Oyster Distribution and Reef Community

Elena Kobrinski Keen, PhD 2017

Picture of Elena Kobrinski KeenFaculty Advisor: Richard McLaughlin

Dissertation: Status, Strategies, and Cost Management of Offshore Oil Rig Platform Decommissioning and Rigs-to-Reefs Programs in the Gulf of Mexico: Addressing Decommissioning Challenges Using a Multi-Criteria Approach

Morgan Kilgour, PhD 2012

Picture of Morgan KilgourFaculty Advisors: Thomas Shirley and John W. Tunnell

Dissertation: Galatheoidea and Chirostyloidea of the Gulf of Mexico: Diversity, Reproductive Biology and Molecular Phylogeny

Katherine Martin, MS 2018

Picture of Katherine MartinFaculty Advisor: Jeremy Conkle

Thesis: Quantifying and Characterizing the Mississippi River's Contribution of Microplastic Debris to the Gulf of Mexico

Harriet Nash, PhD 2013

Picture of Harriet NashFaculty Advisor: Richard McLaughlin

Dissertation: Trinational Governance to Protect Ecological Connectivity: Support for Establishing an International Gulf of Mexico Marine Protected Area Network

Kevin Nelson, PhD 2012

Picture of Kevin NelsonFaculty Advisor: Paul Montagna

Dissertation: The Relative Roles of Salinity Stratification and Nutrient Loading in Seasonal Hypoxia in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas

Chuyen Nguyen, PhD 2019

Picture of Chuyen NguyenFaculty Advisor: Michael Starek

Ddissertation: Development of Geodetic Imaging Techniques and Computational Approaches for Marsh Observation

Bhanu Paudel, PhD 2014

Picture of Bhanu PaudelFaculty Advisor: Paul Montagna

Dissertation: Interactions between Suspended Sediments, Nutrients, and Freshwater Inflow in Texas Estuaries

Anthony Reisinger, PhD 2015

Picture of Anthony ReisingerFaculty Advisor: James Gibeaut

Dissertation: Suspended Sediment Dynamics of Texas Estuaries

Ryan Rezek, PhD 2017

Picture of Ryan RezekFaculty Advisor: Jennifer Pollack

Dissertation: Ecological Structure and Function of Restored Habitats Across a Range of Coastal Environments

Melissa Rohal, PhD 2018
Picture of Melissa RohalFaculty Advisor: Paul Montagna

Ddissertation: Ecosystem Impacts of Oil Spills on the Offshore Environment in the Gulf of Mexico

Awards and Honors: First place Doctoral 3MT Thesis Competition winner (2017))

Kaitlyn Schroeder (Spain), PhD 2017
Picture of Kaitlyn SchroederFaculty Advisor: Delbert Smee

Dissertation: Dazed and Confused: Pesticides Alter Physiology, Behavior, and Predatory-Prey Interactions of Juvenile and Adult Blue Crabs (Callinectes Sapidus)

Awards and Honors: 2015 Sea Grant Knauss Fellow

Jamie Smith, MS 2018

Picture of Jamie SmithFaculty Advisor: Paul Montagna

Thesis: Multiple Stressor Effects on Marcobenthic Communities in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas

Hongzhi Song, PhD 2013

Picture of Hongzhi SongFaculty Advisor: Alexey Sadovski

Dissertation: Geoid Determination in the Coastal Areas of the Gulf of Mexico

Kieu Tran, MS 2018

Picture of Kieu TranFaculty Advisor: Jeremy Conkle

Thesis: Applying Segmentation and Neural Networks to Detect and Quantify Marine Debris from Aerial Images Captured by an Unmanned Aerial System and Mobile Device

Maureen Trnka, PhD 2015

Picture of Maureen TrnkaFaculty Advisors: Paul Zimba and Alberto M. Mestas-Nuñez

Dissertation: Associations between Chlorophyll and Wind Forcing in the Gulf of Mexico Derived from Satellite Observations

Evan Turner, PhD 2016

Picture of Evan TurnerFaculty Advisors: Paul Montagna and Alexey Sadovski

Dissertation: Modeling Nutrient Dynamics in the Estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico

Hongjie Wang, PhD 2018

Picture of Hongjie WangFaculty Advisor: Xinping Hu

Dissertation: Drivers of Carbon and Oxygen Dynamics in Disparate Marine Ecosystems

Awards and Honors: 2017 Outstanding Research Assistant

Natalya Warner, PhD 2013

Picture of Natalya WarnerFaculty Advisor: Philippe Tissot

Dissertation: Estimated Increase in Inundation Probability with Confidence Intervals for the Gulf of Mexico

John Wood, PhD 2012

Picture of John WoodFaculty Advisor: James Gibeaut

Dissertation: Hyperspectral Analysis of Seagrass in Redfish Bay, Texas