Alumni of the CMSS program



Abishek Adhikari, Ph.D. 2019

Faculty Advisor: Chuntao Liu
Dissertation: Remote Sensing Properties of Ice Precipitation Events



Zackary Olsen, Ph.D. 2019

Faculty Advisor: Greg Stunz
Dissertation: Defining Essential Fish Habitat in an Ecosystem Context: Practical Identification and Relevance to Management



Hongming Yao, Ph.D. 2019

Faculty Advisor: Xinping Hu
Dissertation: Carbon Budget in Coastal Estuaries of the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico under Hydrologic Control




Chuyen Nguyen, Ph.D. 2019

Faculty Advisor: Michael Starek
Dissertation: Devekionebt if Geodetic Imaging Techniques and Computational Approaches for Marsh Observation




Melissa Rohal, Ph.D. 2018

Faculty Advisor: Paul Montagna
Dissertation: 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))




Cole Castleberry, M.S. 2018

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




Katherine Martin, M.S. 2018

Faculty Advisor: Jeremy Conkle
Quantifyin and Characterizing the Mississippi River's Contribution of Microplastic Debris to the Gulf of Mexico




Kieu Tran, M.S. 2018

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





Jacque Campbell, M.S. 2018

Faculty Advisor: Dave Felix
Investigating the Isotopic Composition of Reactive Nitrogen in a South Texas Estuary (Baffin Bay).





Hongjie Wang, Ph.D. 2018

Faculty Advisor: Xinping Hu
Dissertation: Drivers of Carbon and Oxygen Dynamics in Disparate Marine Ecosystems

Awards and Honors: 2017 Outstanding Research Assistant


Michelle Culver, M.S. 2018

Faculty 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)


Jamie Smith, M.S. 2018

Faculty Advisor: Paul Montagna
Thesis: Multiple Stressor Effects on Marcobenthic Communities in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas


Elena Kobrinski Keen, Ph.D. 2017

Faculty 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



Ryan Rezek, Ph.D. 2017

Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Pollack
Dissertation: Ecological Structure and Function of Restored Habitats Across a Range of Coastal Environments



Kaitlyn Schroeder (Spain), Ph.D. 2017

Faculty 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



Rachel Edwards, M.S. 2016

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


Lauren Hutchison

Lauren Hutchison, Ph.D. 2016

Faculty Advisor: David Yoskowitz
Dissertation: Operationalizing Coastal Wetland Ecosystem Services for Enhanced Decision Making and Resilience


Evan Turner

Evan Turner, Ph.D. 2016

Faculty Advisors: Paul Montagna and Alexey Sadovski
Dissertation: Modeling Nutrient Dynamics in the Estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico


Brittany Blomberg

Brittany Blomberg, Ph.D. 2015

Faculty Advisors: Paul Montagna and Jennifer Pollack
Dissertation: Evaluating Success of Oyster Reef Restoration


Maureen Trnka, Ph.D. 2015

Faculty Advisors: Paul Zimba and Alberto M. Mestas-Nuñez
Dissertation: Associations between Chlorophyll and Wind Forcing in the Gulf of Mexico Derived from Satellite Observations

Anthony Reisinger

Anthony Reisinger, Ph.D. 2015

Faculty Advisor: James Gibeaut
Dissertation: Suspended Sediment Dynamics of Texas Estuaries


Eleonor Barraza

Eleonor Barraza, Ph.D. 2014

Faculty Advisor: James Gibeaut
Increasing Resilience of Urban Development on Texas Barrier Islands


Bhanu Paudel

Bhanu Paudel, Ph.D. 2014

Faculty Advisor: Paul Montagna
Dissertation: Interations between Suspended Sediments, Nutrients, and Freshwater Inflow in Texas Estuaries


Harriet Nash

Harriet Nash, Ph.D. 2013

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


Hongzhi Song

Hongzhi Song, Ph.D. 2013

Faculty Advisor: Alexey Sadovski
Dissertation: Geoid Determination in the Coastal Areas of the Gulf of Mexico



Natalya Warner, Ph.D. 2013

Faculty Advisor: Philippe Tissot
Dissertation: Estimated Increase in Inundation Probability with Confidence Intervals for the Gulf of Mexico


Gabby Ahmadia

Gabby Ahmadia, Ph.D. 2012

Faculty Advisor: Frank Pezold
Dissertation: Elucidating Factors Structuring Cryptobenthic Reef Fish Assemblages



John Wood, Ph.D. 2012

Faculty Advisor: James Gibeaut
Dissertation: Hyperspectral Analysis of Seagrass in Redfish Bay, Texas



Keith Johnson, Ph.D. 2012

Faculty 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



Morgan Kilgour, Ph.D. 2012

Faculty Advisors: Thomas Shirley and John W. Tunnell
Dissertation: Galatheoidea and Chirostyloidea of the Gulf of Mexico: Diversity, Reproductive Biology and Molecular Phylogeny



Kevin Nelson, Ph.D. 2012

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



Maggie Dalthorp, Ph.D. 2011

Faculty 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


Bridgette Froeschke

Bridgette Froeschke, Ph.D. 2011

Faculty 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


Sandra Arismendez

Sandra Arismendez, Ph.D. 2010

Faculty Advisors: Paul Montagna and John W. Tunnell
Dissertation: Land-Water Nutrient Coupling Processes in Central Texas Estuaries


John Froeschke

John Froeschke, Ph.D. 2010

Faculty Advisors: Greg Stunz and Mark Wildhaber
Defining Essential Fish Habitat: The Influence of Life History, Biotic, and Abiotic Factors


Peter Etnoyer

Peter Etnoyer, Ph.D. 2009

Faculty Advisor: Thomas Shirley
Dissertation: Distribution and Diversity of Octocorals in the Gulf of Mexico


Oscar Garcia-Pineda

Oscar Garcia-Pineda, Ph.D. 2009

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