All Oceanography 681 Seminars are presented in room 112 O&M Building on the campus of Texas A&M University. The seminars begin every Monday at 4:00 PM. Below are the list of speakers and their research interests. Titles will be added as we receive them. The public is welcome to attend.

28 August 2017
Cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey

4 September 2017
Dr. Alberto Mestas-Nunez
Associate Professor of Research
Department of Geological Sciences
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Research Interests: Air-Sea-Land Interactions in all Time/Space Scales and Applications of Underwater Glider Operations
Title: Associations between surface chlorophyll and winds in the Gulf of Mexico

11 September 2017
Dr. Clarence Olin Collins III
Research Oceanographer
Field Research Facility
Coastal Observations and Analysis Branch
Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Research Interests: Directional Wave Measurements in Tropical Cyclones
Title: Ocean Surface Waves in Intense Tropical Cyclones

18 September 2017
Dr. Mark Torres
Assistant Professor
Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
Rice University
Research Interests: Chemical weathering, organic carbon burial and microbe-mineral interactions
Title: River Deep, Mountain High: a fluvial perspective on the carbon cycle

25 September 2017
Dr. Achim Stoessel
Associate Professor
Department of Oceanography
Texas A&M University
Title: Antarctic Sea-Ice and Bottom Water in High-Resolution Climate Models

2 October 2017
Dr. Gerardo Gold Bouchot
Department of Oceanography
Texas A&M University
Research Interests: Pollutants in coastal and marine ecosystems, environmental effects of pollutants, environmental impacts
Title: Biomarkers in Fish as Tools for Environmental Assessments in the Southern Gulf of Mexico

9 October 2017
Dr. Zunli Lu
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
Syracuse University
Research Interests: Understanding the long-term co-evolution of life and planet, tracers for groundwater flows in natural gas systems such as hydrates and shale gas
Title: Earth history of oxygen and the iProxy

16 October 2017
Dr. Martin Medina
Associate Professor
Department of Geosciences
Auburn University
Research Interests: Paleoclimatology, Paleoceanography and Climate Change, Reconstruction of tropical climate evolution, the role of internal and external climate forcing in driving tropical climate variability, and the role of climate change in the development and decline of the Classic Maya Civilization
Title: Climate change during the disintegration of the Maya Civilization

23 October 2017

30 October 2017
Dr. Adolfo Gracia Gasca
Ecologia y Biodiversidad Acuatica
Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico
Research Interests: Marine ecology, management of fishing resources, benthic community ecology and monitoring of hydrocarbon contamination in the marine environment, including organisms (fish and crustaceans).
Title: Ecosystem Research in the Southern Gulf of Mexico: Biodiversity, Oil Spill Impacts and Resiliency

6 November 2017
Dr. Stuart Bishop
Assistant Professor
Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
North Carolina State University
Research Interests: The Role of the Oceans in Climate and Climate Change
Title: Exploring the global mixed layer eddy potential energy budget from observations

13 November 2017
Dr. Thomas C. Malone
Professor Emeritus
Horn Point Laboratory
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Research Interests: Phytoplankton ecology, coastal eutrophication, role of science in formulation of environmental policy

Title: Enhancing Operational Ocean Observing Systems to Meet Evidence - Based Needs for Sustainable Development
20 November 2017
Dr. Antonietta Quigg
Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston
Professor of Oceanography at Texas A&M University
Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
Research Interests: 
Phytoplankton ecophysiology, physiological adaptation, photosynthesis, biological oceanography, biochemistry and biophysics, molecular biology, plant physiology, evolution
Title: Addomex: Aggregation and Degradation of Dispersants and Oils by Microbial Exopolymers

27 November 2017
Cancelled, will reschedule in Spring 2018
Dr. Yina Liu
Associate Research Scientist
Geochemical and Environmental Research Group
Texas A&M University
Research Interests: Source and fate of halogenated organic compounds in the environment, Elucidate possible microbial degradation products of contaminants using environmental metabolomics methods, chemical characterization of natural organic matter using ultrahigh and high resolution mass spectrometry
Title: The power of untargeted chemical characterization for deciphering organic compounds in the environment

4 December 2017
Dr. Ben Tully
Center for Deep Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) Bioinformatics
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Southern California
Research Interests: 
Title: The Promise of 
Marine Metagenomics