Kalman Bugica, M.S.
Kalman Bugica is a Ph.D. student in the Marine Biology program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi working in the Coastal Ecosystem Processes laboratory of Dr. Michael Wetz. His dissertation research explores the role of climatic variability on ecosystem health and phytoplankton bloom dynamics throughout the coastal Gulf of Mexico. Prior to arriving in Texas, Kalman earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2010 from Duke University, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry and Physics. While there, he conducted ovarian cancer research at Duke’s Cancer Epigenetics Laboratory. In 2015, he earned his Master’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington under the advisement of Dr. Lawrence Cahoon. His published thesis research explored the influence of environmental factors on surf zone phytoplankton production. Kalman’s long-term goal is to combine his research and bio- and geo-statistical analytical skills to guide management decisions concerning anthropogenic effects on climate change.