Current and Former Students



Rebecca Gray
Rebecca Gray
Advisor: Steven DiMarco
Research Interests: Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Mexico currents, geological
history of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico
702 O&M, Texas A&M University, 979.845.1231, beccagray@neo.tamu.edu
Allison Luchese Allison Burgess Luchese
Advisor: Antonietta Quigg
Research Interest: Phytoplankton biochemistry and nigrogen cycling in Galveston Bay, Texas
OCSB 420 Texas A&M University in Galveston, 409.741.7168, luccesa@tamug.edu
Christian Nygren Christian Nygren
Advisor: Steven F. DiMarco
Research Interests: Physical oceanography and coastal oceanography
702 O&M Texas A&M University, 409.845.1231, christian.nygren@neo.tamu.edu
Jordan Young Jordan Young
Advisor: Shari Yvon-Lewis
Research Interests: Ocean Acidification and dissolved inorganic carbon
412 O&M, Texas A&M University, 979.845.9639, youngiw44@tamu.edu
Wenxia Zhang Wenxia Zhang
Advisor: Robert Hetland
Research Interests: Regional numerical modeling, continental shelf dynamics, observational
oceanography and ocean observing systems, hypoxia of the northern Gulf of Mexico
618 O&M Building, Texas A&M University, 979.845.5472, wenxiazhang@gmail.com
Yan Zhao Yan Zhao
Advisor: Antonietta Quigg
Research Interests: Phytoplankton productivity, photosynthesis, in-vivo fluorescence and
community structure on the Texas-Louisiana shelf
OCSB 2nd floor, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 409.457.355, claire.zhy@tamu.edu
zuck nikki Nikki Zuck
Advisor: Wilford Gardner
Research Interests: My piece of the hypoxia puzzle is assessing concentrations of particulate matter, both sediment and organic, and determining a relationship (if any) between the particulates, areas of hypoxia, and the changing river outflow. Aside from hypoxia, I am interested in estuaries and coastal geomorphology.
306E O&M, Texas A&M University, 979.845.5676. nikkizuck@geos.tamu.edu

Emma Cochran

Emma Cochran, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

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Cathy Yang FengYang Feng (Cathy), Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: Coupled physical-biogeochemical numerical modeling, marine biogeochemical and ecosystem dynamics, marine environmental issues: hypoxia, harmful algae blooms, overfishing and habitat loss, coastal dynamics

Field experience: NOAA Mechnamisms Controlling Hypoxia (MCH) Cruise 9 (M9): R/V Pelican, July 17 -20 2007; NOAA Mechnamisms Controlling Hypoxia (MCH) Cruise 10 (M10): R/V Pelican, September 6 -9 2007

cathyyangfeng@neo.tamu.edu

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Bo LiBo Li, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: The study of sediment biogeochemical cycling by examining the geochemical parameters combined with the microbial community characterization and water column

Field experience: Hypoxia of the northern Gulf of Mexico, Turbulence on the continental shelf, Ocean Observing System, ADCP Data Processing, Numerical Modeling — ROMS (Regional Ocean Modeling Systems)

acelibo@neo.tamu.edu

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Xinxin LiXinxin Li, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: hydrography, chemical research, and field marine investigatin

Field experience:

lixinxin125@tamu.edu

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Ruth Mullins Ruth Mullins, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: Ocean observing systems in coastal waters, spatial and temporal scales of hypoxia on Texas shelf, processes contributing to formation of Texas hypoxia, outreach and K-12 education activities about GOM hypoxia and coastal environmental hazards

Field experience: Participated in MCH cruises from 2008 - present, participate and fly Acrobat system on MS cruises 2010 - 2011, participate in mooring deployment and recovery cruises specific to MCH

mullins@ocean.tamu.edu

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Brandi Kiel ReeseBrandi Kiel Reese, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: The study of sediment biogeochemical cycling by examining the geochemical parameters combined with the microbial community characterization and water column

Field experience: R/V Pelican cruise M11, R/V Pelican cruise M12, R/V Pelican cruise M14, R/V Pelican cruise M15, R/V Manta cruise MS1

brandi@ocean.tamu.edu

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Li Shen LiLi Shen, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: river-dominated systems; CO2 fluxes, particulate and dissolved amino acid cycling

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lilyshen@neo.tamu.edu

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Richard SmithRichard Smith, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Research interests: terrestirial organic matter sequestration in southern hemisphere fjords, oleagenic microbes as sources of biofuels, organic matter sources contributing to hypoxia on the Louisiana shelf

Field experience: Participated in 6 one-week Mechanisms Controlling Hypoxia (MCH) cruises on the Louisiana shelf under PI Dr. Steve DiMarco on the R/V Pelican, 12-day research cruise in Fiordland, New Zealand on the R/V Polaris II, operated by the University of Otago

rsmi1230@ocean.tamu.edu