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ICOP- Interdisciplinary Coastal Ocean Process Group

ICOP : Interdisciplinary Coastal Ocean Processes Group

CruiseThe ICOP Group is committed to the discovery, exploration, and the simulation of the complex array of physical, biological, chemical and geological processes that occur in the coastal ocean. The coastal ocean is the boundary where terrestrial input of freshwater and dissolved and particulate material is transformed and transported in the ocean. It is where coastal upwelling and downwelling of deep ocean water occurs. The coastal ocean is also the region of the ocean where 70% of Earth's inhabitants live.

Our mission requires three principal roles:

  • Teaching. We provide an environment to train students who are interested in professional careers related to the coastal ocean, to be responsible stewards of the environment, and to support scientific discovery.
  • Research. We conduct interdisciplinary research in the coastal ocean, maintain state-of-the-art laboratories, seek public and private research funds, and use statistical and numerical simulations to better our understanding of the coastal environment.
  • Outreach. We serve our constituents by providing information, education, and guidance about the ocean environment and by enhancing the general economic and intellectual well-being of society.
ICOP Faculty

DiMarcoSteve DiMarcoGroup Leader & Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research Interests: Physical Oceanography, Data Analysis Methods

Projects: NOAA-Hypoxia of the northern Gulf of Mexico (MCH), Physical Oceanography of the Gulf of Oman, Physical Oceanography of the Gulf of Mexico.

O&M 702D • 979.862.4168 or 979.458.9323•

BianchiThomas Bianchi
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Floirda

Research Interests: Organic Geochemistry, Biogeochemical Dynamics in Aquatic Food Chain

Projects: How temporal changes in river discharge and storms affect the source and age distribution of sedimentary organic carbon across a river-dominated margin

CampbellLisa Campbell
Professor, Department of Oceanography and Biology, Texas A&M University

Research Interests: Phytoplankton ecology, Phytoplankton community structure and diversity

Projects: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

O&M 911D • 979.845.5706 •

HetlandRobert Hetland 
Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research Interests: Regional and coastal numerical modeling, Continental shelf dynamics

Projects: TGLO-TABS Modeling effort, Mechanisms controlling hypoxia on the Louisiana shelf

O&M 618B • 979.458.0096 •