Chriss Groff

Chris Groff, M.S.

Graduate Research Assistant
Project Title
Science to inform oyster reef sustainability and management
Expected Graduation Year
2022
Education
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.