Chriss Groff

Chris Groff, M.S.

Graduate Research Assistant
Project Title
Science to inform oyster reef sustainability and management
Expected Graduation Year
M.S. Freshwater Science and Technology, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (2016)
B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (2012)

Chris is a Ph.D. student in the Marine Biology program under Dr. Pollack. His research background lies primarily in benthic ecology with a strong focus on the functional roles of macroinvertebrates in anthropogenically degraded systems and the effectiveness of associated restoration efforts, biological assessment of artificial habitat, and research-based aquaculture. Earning his M.S. in Freshwater Science and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016, his work took place in Green Bay and nearshore Lake Michigan, the Upper Mississippi River, and Laguna Bacalar in southern Quintana Roo, Mexico. Chris also worked as a research technician in fisheries ecology at UW-Milwaukee and as a PADI divemaster on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. His research at TAMUCC will focus on assessments of climate change-related impacts on the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) and on comparisons of oyster reef communities on natural and restored intertidal and subtidal reefs.