Melissa Rohal, M.S.

Graduate Research Assistant
Office Number
HRI 210
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Project Title
Ecosystem impacts of oil spills on offshore environments in the Gulf of Mexico
Expected Graduation Year
B.S. in Marine Science, Coastal Carolina University.
M.S. in Biological Oceanography, Florida State University.

Melissa Rohal is a Doctoral Candidate in Coastal and Marine System Science working under Dr. Paul Montagna in Benthic Ecology. Her dissertation research explores the role and value of microscopic animals living on or in the sediment. 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, the adjunct professor of Environmental Biology, and is a member of the science fair scientific review committee.  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.