Students

 

 

Amanda Barker
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 213
 
 
 
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Research Focus: Population genetics and molecular ecology of the Carolina Hammerhead (Sphyrna gilberti)

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018  

Brittany Blomberg   
NOAA ECSC Fellow & 
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 209
P: (361) 825-2034 
 
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Dissertation Title: Assessing functional success of a restored oyster reef

Research Focus: Determining restoration success in terms of ecosystem function, and relating these metrics to provision of ecosystem services. Research incorporates a variety of field, lab and modeling techniques

Expected Graduation Date: August 2015 

Sarah Braddy
M.S. Student
O: HRI 213
P: (361) 825-2000
 
 
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 Thesis Title: Economic impacts of recreational scuba diving on Texas's local economy

Expected Graduation Date: August 2015

Crystal Chaloupka
M.S. Student
O: HRI 209
 
 
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Elizabeth Del Rosario
M.S. Student
O: HRI 209
P: (361) 825-2020
 
 
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Research Focus:  Freshwater inflow into estuaries using benthic macrofauna as bioindicators in the Rincon Bayou area

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

Pavel Dimens
M.S. Student
O: HRI 213
 
 
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Thesis Title: Population structure and genetic demography of the blacknose shark, Carcharhinus acrontus, using next-generation sequencing techniques
Research Focus: Obtaining higher resolution on assessing distinct genetic groups of C. acrontus along the Gulf of Mexico by using next-gen sequencing-by-synthesis techniques
Expected Graduation Date: August 2016
Marissa Dotson
M.S. Students
O: HRI 215
 
 
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Chas Downey
M.S. Student
O: HRI 311
P: (361) 825-2014
 
 
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Quentin Hall
M.S. Student
O: HRI 314
P: (361) 825-2020 
 
 
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Thesis Title: Determination of Seasonal Abundance, Density, and Distribution of Nekton Species Proximal to Cedar Bayou Pre- and Post-Opening
Research Focus: Effects of reopening a tidal inlet on nekton species
Expected Graduation Date: August 2015
Meredyth Herdener
M.S. Student
O: HRI 101
P: (361) 825-2002
 
 
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Chien-Yi (Sandra) Hsiang
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 210
P: (361) 825-2002
 
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Dissertation Title: The relationship between macrobenthic biodiversity and ecosystem function

Expected Graduation Date: December 2016 

Lauren Hutchison
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 213
P: (361) 825-2792 
 
 
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Dissertation Title: Linking coastal marsh and mangrove functions to ecosystem services for enhanced decision-making and resilience

Research Focus: Operationalizing ecosystem services for science-based decision-making, particularly in the context of wetland mitigation and restoration.

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

Elena Kobrinski
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 311.4
P: (361) 825-2044
 
 
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Research Focus

Dissertation Title: Offshore oil rig decommissioning and rigs-to-reefs programs in the Gulf of Mexico: Current status, strategies and local and global case studies; development of a predictive model, report and recommendations

Expected Graduation Date: December 2015

Mayra Lopez
NOAA ECSC Fellow & 
M.S. Student
O: HRI 213
P: (361) 825-2000
 
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Thesis Title: Quantifying ecosystem service resilience through social valuation in the Mission-Aransas NERR

Expected Graduation Date: August 2015

Luz Lumb
NOAA ECSC Fellow &
M.S. Student
O: HRI 215
P: (361) 825-2062
 
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Thesis Title: Identifying key habitat conservation needs for the endangered whopping crane (Grus americana) along the central Texas coast

Research Focus: Management and protection of coastal habitats, environments and natural resources using GIS

Expected Graduation Date: December 2014

Melinda Martinez
M.S. Student
O: HRI 215
P: (361) 825-2000
 
 
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Thesis Title: Short term wetland accretion rates in Mustang Island, Tx

Research Focus: Provide insight into the factors that control march elevation, and sedimentation processes, and compare to medium-term rates that have been determined for this area in the past using Cs-137, a radiometric dating method.

Expected Graduation Date: December 2015 

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Anthony Reisinger
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 215
P: (361) 825-2062
 
 
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Michael Rittenhouse
M.S. Student
O: HRI 215
 
 
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Thesis Title: Sargassum: Ugly invader or coppice mound creator?

Research Focus: The influence of Sargassum wrack on the entrapment of aeolian transported sediment

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Maria Rodriguez, B.S.
M.S. Student
O: HRI 213
P: (361) 825-2000
 
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Melissa Rohal
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 210
P: (361) 825-2000
 
 
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Research Focus: Finding the optimum pumping quantity and frequency of freshwater into Nueces Delta, Marsh, Texas

Expected Graduation Date: December 2017

Matt Streich
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 314
P: (361) 825-2083
 
 
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Dissertation Title: Red snapper ecology in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico: comparisons among artificial and natural habitats
Research Focus: Understanding the role that artificial reefs and natural banks play in maintaining the red snapper population in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico
Expected Graduation Date: 2016
Evan Turner
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 209
P: (361) 825-2034
 
 
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Dissertation Title:  Modeling nutrient dynamics in the estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico

Expected Graduation Date: December 2014

Heather Wade
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 122B
P: (361) 825-2011
 
 
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Dissertation Title: Assessing ecosystem-based planning and policy strategies to increase community resilience to coastal flooding and sea level rise

Research Focus: Adapting to sea level rise through coastal planning and policy. How can we use scientific research on SLR to inform comprehensive coastal management decisions?

Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

Travis Washburn
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 210
P: (361) 825-2034
 
 
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Dissertation Title: Ecosystem services and human impacts on the deep sea Gulf of Mexico

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016 

Peter Young
M.S. Student
O: HRI 314
P: (361) 825-2014
 
 
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Thesis Title: Age and Growth of Dolphinfish in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico

Expected Graduation Date: December 2014