Principal Investigators

Program Manager

S. DiMarco
Steve DiMarco, Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: Observational oceanography and ocean observing systems, physical oceanography of Gulf of Mexico and southwest Indian Ocean, hypoxia of the northern Gulf of Mexico, data processing methods, nonlinear surface wave interaction, impact of extreme wind events on shelf circulation

sdimarco@tamu.edu


Participants


T. Bianchi
Thomas Bianchi, Professor, Jon and Beverly Thompson Endowed Chair of Geological Sciences, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida

Research interests: organic geochemistry, biogeochemical dynamics in aquatic food chains, carbon cycling in riverine, estuarine and coastal ecosystems, biochemical markers of colloidal and particulate organic carbon

 



Piers Chapman
Piers Chapman
, Department Head, Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: Marine chemistry-nutrient cycling in coastal areas, and their use as tracers as a means of identifying large-scale oceanic circulation patterns; the marine iodine cycle, physics and chemistry of upwelling areas, low oxygen regimes in the ocean, marine pollution- oil production control methods, particularly dispersant usage

piers.chapman@tamu.edu


 


Norman Guinasso
Norman Guinasso, Deputy Director Geochemical and Environmental Research Group, Research Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: Physical oceanography, marine geochemistry, sedimentology

guinasso@tamu.edu


 


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

Research interests: Regional and coastal numerical modeling, continental shelf dynamics, estuaries and river plumes

hetland@tamu.edu


 


Matthew K. Howard Research Scientist, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: Physical oceanography, coastal oceanography, Integrated Ocean Observing Systems (IOOS), data management systems for oceanography, information architecture, Informatics, semantic mediation, ontologies, model-data comparisons

mkhoward@tamu.edu



Heath Mills , Assistant Professor, University of Houston, Clear Lake

Research interests: Molecular characterization of microbial community structure and function, deep subsurface life exploration, nitrogen cycling in marine system prokaryote populations: nosZ and amoA gene targets, iron and sulfate reducing prokaryote competition in salt marsh sediment: gltA and dsrA gene targets, bioremediation of radionuclide contaminated sediments


Texas A&M University - Galveston

Gilbert Rowe
Gilbert Rowe , Regent's Professor (of Marine Biology and Oceanography), Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University - Galveston

Research interests: Benthic ecology, ecosystem function and structure, carbon and nitrogen cycles, food chain models, Environmental quality and sustainable development

roweg@tamug.edu


Antonietta Quigg
Antonietta Quigg Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University and Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Associate Vice President for Research Development, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Research interests: Impact of trace metal and nutrient (N, P) enrichments, cycling and dynamics on physiology, primary productivity, and community composition in coastal ecosystems, development of bioassays using ecologically relevant marine fauna, for toxicity studies and bioremediation, ecological stoichiometry – biology of elements from molecules to the biosphere, evolution of phytoplankton and development in the field of geobiology through interdisciplinary research

quigga@tamug.edu


Louisiana State University

Mike Dagg
M. J. Dagg, Professor, Louisiana Universities

Research interests: Zooplankton Processes in the ccean, climate change and the ocean

mdagg@lumcon.edu


 


Nan Walker
Nan D. Walker, Associate Professor, Coastal Studies Institute, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana Universities

Research interests: Satellite Oceanography, Ocean Climatology, Ocean Atmosphere Interactions, Coastal Upwelling, Coastal and Shelf Circulation, Physical-biological Interactions, Coral Reef Systems

nwalker@lsu.edu




Kehui Xu
Kehui (Kevin) Xu , Assistant Professor, James P. Morgan Distinguished Professor, Department of Oceanography
and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University

Research interests: Modeling and observation of sediment transport, wind energy dynamics, fluvial and coastal processes, sequence stratigraphy, clay mineralogy and x-ray diffraction

kxu@lsu.edu


Viriginia Institute for Marine Sciences

Dave Forrest
David R.Forrest, Assitant Research Scientist, Virginia Institute for Marine Sciences

Research interests: My long term research goals are to improve dicision making process through improved models, data to information transformations, and information delivery systems. For ocean observing systems, this means improved forescast models, data assimilation, comparison with observation, and notification of events.

drf@vims.edu


 


Courtney Harris
Countney K.Harris, Alumini Memorial Term Distinguished Associate Professor of Marine Science, Virginia Institute for Marine Sciences

Research interests: My research has been directed at improving out ability to quantify and predict sediment transport on continental shelves of temporal and spatial scales.

ckharris@vims.edu


Dalhousie University

Katja Fennell
Katja Fennel, Canada Research Chair II, Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University

Research interests: My research interestss and expertise lie in the development of coupled physical-biogeochemical models. Such models are useful tools that can advance our understanding of marine ecosystems and of biogeochemical cycling of carbon and other essential elements.

Katja.Fennel@dal.ca


Additonal Participants

 


Wilfod Gardner
Wilford Gardner, Professor, Earl C. Cook Professor of Geosciences, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: Dynamics and biogeochemistry of marine particles - microns to macroaggregates, bio-optics and hydrodynamics, remote sensing and particulate organic carbon (POC), sediment transport in the ocean from the continental shelf to the deep sea

wgardner@ocean.tamu.edu




Dan Thornton
Daniel Thornton, Associate Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: Biogeochemistry of exoploymers, ecology and physiology of phytoplankton and microphytobenthos, nitrogen cycling in the coastal ocean, biology and biogeochemistry across the air-sea interface

dthornton@ocean.tamu.edu


 

Shari Yvon_Lewis
Shari Yvon-Lewis, Associate Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: Global oceanic uptake and emission of climatically important trace species, air-sea gas exchange and coastal air quality/water quality, air-sea methane fluxes near ocean seeps and clathrates

syvonlewis@ocean.tamu.edu