Terry Palmer, M.S.

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B.Sc. (Tech) University of Waikato, New Zealand. (2001)
M.S. in Marine Science, University of Texas at Austin. (2006)

Terry Palmer has a diverse range of research interests; however most involve studying the effects of anthropogenic changes on water quality and benthic organisms, and estuarine restoration ecology. Terry has over fifteen years of experience investigating the effects of freshwater inflows on estuarine water quality and benthos along the length of the Texas coast and on both of Florida’s coasts. He has also been involved in marine and terrestrial environmental monitoring at McMurdo Station, Antarctica for over ten years. Terry’s large skillset enables him to conduct a wide range of activities ranging from polar scientific diving to conducting statistics and writing manuscripts. Prior to moving to Texas, Terry was involved in environmental monitoring in his homeland of New Zealand where he worked as a Hydrology Technician and a marine ecology Research Assistant.


Selected publications:

Palmer, T.A., P.A. Montagna, R.H. Chamberlain, P.H. Doering, Y. Wan, K.M. Haunert, and D.J. Crean. 2015. Determining the Effects of Freshwater Inflow on Benthic Macrofauna in the Caloosahatchee Estuary, Florida. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 12:529-539. DOI 10.1002/ieam.1688

Palmer, T.A., and P.A. Montagna. 2015. Impacts of droughts and low flows on estuarine water quality and benthic fauna. Hydrobiologia 753: 111–129. DOI 10.1007/s10750-015-2200-x

Pollack, J.B., A. Cleveland, T.A. Palmer, A.S. Reisenger, and P.A. Montagna. 2012. A restoration suitability index model for the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) in the Mission-Aransas Estuary, TX, USA. PLOS ONE  7: e40839.

Palmer, T.A., P.A. Montagna, J.B. Pollack, R.D. Kalke and H. DeYoe. 2011. The role of freshwater inflow in lagoons, rivers, and bays. Hydrobiologia. 667: 49-67.