Dr. Wes Tunnell
Job title: Associate Director
Education: Ph.D. in Biology; Texas A&M University (1974)
Dr. Tunnell has been instrumental in developing not only the Harte Research Institute, but also founding the Center for Coastal Studies and pioneering the concept of co-locating environmental and natural resources agencies to the TAMU-CC campus. As a committed steward and scientist, Dr. Tunnell balances research, instruction, and publishing with his administration activities.
Additional Activities: Dr. Tunnell is an educator at heart. During his career with the University, he has taught 13 different courses. He works closely with his associates and actively supports a wide range of environmental initiatives. In 2007, he was recognized by the University as an Outstanding Research Scholar.
Research Focus and Interests: Dr. Tunnell leverages his research to maximize the information available on the Gulf of Mexico. He is researching the Biodiversity of the Gulf of Mexico working with 140 authors/taxonomists from 80 institutions in 15 countries. He is leading the initiative to update Bulletin 89, a comprehensive research series. And, he is conducting research focusing on coastal and marine environments across the southeast for NOAA.
Tunnell, J.W., Jr. (editor) 2009. Center for Coastal Studies: The First 25 Years, 1984-2009. Center for Coastal Studies, College of Science and Technology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas. 172 pp.
Tunnell, J.W. Jr., E.A. Chavez, and K. Withers. 2007. Coral Reefs of the Southern Gulf of Mexico. Texas A&M University Press. College Station, Texas.
Tunnell, J.W. Jr. 2005. Biodiversity of the Gulf of Mexico project. Pp. 285-286 in P. Miloslavich and E. Klein (eds.), Caribbean Marine Biodiversity : The Known and the Unknown. DEStech Publications, USA.
Tunnell, J.W. Jr. and S.A. Earle. 2004. Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies: Initiatives in Marine Science Research. Proceedings of 55th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Xel-Ha, Quintana Roo, Mexico, pp. 132-141.