Kesley Gibson, M.S.

Graduate Research Assistant
Office Number
HRI 311
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Project Title
Importance of artificial reefs as fish habitat in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico
Expected Graduation Year
B.S., in Biology, University of Tennessee at Martin. (2012)
M.S., in Environmental Science, Troy University. (2015)

Kesley Gibson is a Ph.D. student in the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Kesley’s research focus involves migratory patterns and habitat dynamics of fisheries species on artificial reefs in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, including Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Cobia, and multiple shark species. Her CSSC research responsibilities at the Harte Research Institute include monitoring and analyzing the data from satellite tagged sharks. She came to TAMU-CC after earning her M.S. in Environmental Science from Troy University where, as the ALFA Research Fellow, she studied federally threatened freshwater mollusks and their sensitivity to various toxicants lacking U.S. EPA Water Quality Criteria. Kesley received her B.S. in Biology at the University of Tennessee at Martin where she studied the evolutionary relationships within the Millipede suborder Spirobolidea. Additionally, she is a Divemaster with supplemental certifications including nitrox, rescue, full face, boat, deep, night, and Drysuit diving.