Melissa Rohal-Lupher, Ph.D.
Melissa Rohal-Lupher is a recent PhD graduate from the Coastal and Marine System Science program. She is continuing to work under Dr. Paul Montagna as a post doc in Benthic Ecology. Her research explores the role and value of microscopic animals living on or in the sediment, both in the deep sea and shallow water environments. She holds a Master’s Degree in Biological Oceanography from Florida State University under the advisement of Dr. David Thistle and a Bachelor’s of Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University. Prior to her time in Florida she worked at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and as a marine mammal observer in the Gulf of Mexico. While at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi she has served as the adjunct professor of Oceanography and the adjunct professor of Environmental Biology. She was also a participant of the East Asian and Pacific Summer Institute where she studied in South Korea for two months under Dr. Wonchoel Lee learning taxonomic identification techniques for harpacticoid copepods.