MARS Faculty

Kyeong Park
Department Head & Professor

Estuarine and coastal hydrodynamics and water quality conditions.

Rainer Amon

Organic biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, arctic oceanography

Ayal Anis
Associate Professor

Physical oceanography

Samuel D. Brody
Professor and CTBS Director

Coastal environmental planning, natural hazards mitigation, spatial analysis, dispute resolution

Charles H. Coleman Jr.
Instructional Assistant Professor

Vibracoring in the Galveston Ship Channel - Delineation of local sand bodies, City of Galveston

Meri Davlasheridze
Assistant Professor

Economic impacts of natural disasters, vulnerability, adaptation, and general public policy concerning disaster mitigation and recovery

Timothy Dellapenna
Associate Professor

Coastal marine sedimentology, applications of high-resolution marine geophysics (e.g., side scan sonar, siesmic reflection surveys)

Wesley E. Highfield
Associate Professor

GIS; Spatial Analysis/Statistics; Natural Hazard Mitigation & Policy; Environmental Planning & Policy

Glenn A. Jones

Paleoceanography, Arctic Ocean, climate change, Black Sea, and accelerator mass spectrometry and radiocarbon dating

Karl Kaiser
Associate Professor

Interactions between marine biogeochemical cycles, ocean chemistry and the climate system

Patrick Louchouarn
Interim Vice Provost and the Acting Dean of Faculties & Regents Professor

Impacts of anthropogenic perturbations on biogeochemical cycling at ecosystem interfaces, source and fate of pyrogenic carbon in the environment, environmental forensics

David Retchless
Assistant Professor

Cartographic communication of sea level rise and other climate hazards

Ashley D. Ross
Assistant Professor

Disaster resilience policy and perceptions; rural community resilience; emergency management; adaptive management; climate change perceptions and policy among Millennials, Latinos, and other sub-populations

Peter H. Santschi
Regents Professor

Chemical Oceanography, Limnology and Hydrology, including tracer applications using radioactive and stable isotopes, relationships between trace element and natural organic matter geochemistry, and importance of exopolymeric substances for pollutants

Pete J. van Hengstum
Associate Professor

Global coastal systems responded to previous climate, sea-level and anthropogenic changes with the goal of predicting how these systems will respond to future changes in these forcings

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Faculty with Joint Appointment

Jhenny Galan
Instructional Assistant Professor

Computational Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry

Douglas J. Klein

Interactions between marine biogeochemical cycles, ocean chemistry and the climate system

Melanie J. Moser
Interim Chair of Foundational Sciences and Instructional Professor

Chemistry education; Organic compounds for novel applications

Grace L. Townsend
Instructional Assistant Professor

Papia F. Rozario
GIS Library Outreach Liaison / Instructional Assistant Professor

GIS & Remote Sensing applications; Stochastic and deterministic models for land use land cover changes with water quality focus

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Adjunct Faculty

Michael E. Evans
Adjunct Lecturer

NASA Planetary Scientist

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Ernest Estes
Professor Emeritus (Retired)

Evaluation of Pleistocene material for shoreline protection; Sedimentology and stratigraphy

Gerald E. Hite
Professor Emeritus (retired)

Interplay between theory and experiment, ie. application of mathematical models to describe physical phenomena

Susan L. Knock
Instructional Associate Professor Emeritus (Retired)

Avian diversity studies for an energy company that is planning to develop a wind generator plant near West Galveston Bay

Thomas G. Schmalz
Professor Emeritus (Retired)

Wyndylyn von Zharen
Professor Emeritus (Retired)

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Cherie Coffman
Senior Administrative Coordinator


Jessica Lee
Business Administrator I


Sherry Parker
Business Administrator


Rachel Ball
Academic Advisor III


Rachel Sellers
Academic Advisor I


Jodie Martin
Business Administrator I


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