Ken Hayes is the Laboratory Manager for the Coastal Ecosystem Processes Lab at HRI. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in marine science from the Coastal Carolina University in 1998, Ken became the Laboratory Manager of the South Carolina Algal Ecology Laboratory, where he was instrumental in establishing South Carolina's first harmful algal bloom research and response program. In the last 23 years, Ken has participated in studies on phytoplankton ecology, harmful algal blooms, phytoplankton taxonomy, coastal microbial ecology, and water quality issues related to eutrophication. Ken also has extensive experience running automated and bench nutrient chemistries including EPA certification. While in South Carolina Ken also oversaw three different volunteer water quality-monitoring programs. Since coming to Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Ken has continued establishing and fostering partnerships essential to the Coastal Ecosystem Process laboratory's success.