Students

 

 

Amanda Barker
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 207
P: (361) 825-2000 
 
 
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Research Focus: Population genetics and molecular ecology of the Carolina Hammerhead (Sphyrna gilberti)

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018  

Eugenia Barnes
M.S. Student
O: HRI 209
P: (361) 825-2000
 
 
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Crystal Chaloupka
M.S. Student
O: HRI 209
P: (361) 825-2000
 
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Elizabeth Del Rosario
M.S. Student
O: HRI 209
P: (361) 825-2000
 
 
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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: Modular 1 
P: (361) 825-2000 
 
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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
P: (361) 825-2000 
 
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Chas Downey
M.S. Student
O: HRI 314
P: (361) 825-2056
 
 
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Thesis Title: Reproduction and Diet of Red Snapper, Lutjanus campechanus, in the Western Gulf of Mexico

Research Focus: Investigating the relative value of offshore habitats to Red Snapper in the western Gulf of Mexico as it relates to reproduction and feeding habits.

Expected Graduation Date: August 2016

Rachel Edwards
M.S. Student
O: HRI 215
P: (361) 825-2062
 
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Hannah Ehrmann
M.S. Student
O: HRI 209
P: (361) 825-2000
 
 
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Kesley Gibson
Ph.D. Student
O: HRI 314
P: (361) 825-3071
 
 
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Melanie Gingras
M.S. Student
O: HRI 215
P: (361) 825-2000
 
 
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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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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; A Review of Oil and Gas Cost Estimation, Financial Assurance and Liability; Website and Survey Development and the Presentation of a Predictive Model; Recommendations

Expected Graduation Date: December 2015

Quinn McColly
M.S. Student
O: HRI 213
P: (361) 825-2000
 
 
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Cheyanne Olson
M.S. Student 
O: HRI 209
P: (361) 825-2000
 
 
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Maria Rodriguez, B.S.
NOAA ECSC Fellow & 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
Alex Tompkins
M.S. Student
O: HRI 314
P: (361) 825-2000
 
 
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Heather Wade
Ph.D. Student
O: Off Campus
 
 
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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 209
P: (361) 825-3763
 
 
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Dissertation Title: Ecosystem services and human impacts on the deep sea Gulf of Mexico

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016