Lab News

New People

We are excited to welcome Arani Cuevas-Sanchez, M.S., to the lab. Arani will be working on her Ph.D. through the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at TAMU. Find out more about her on the People page.

New Partnerships

Exploring California mussel bed biodiversity and biogeography near the southern range edge, we’ll be working with the great people over at MexCal (Managing Ecosystems Across the Californias), a research group of scientists based at the Universidad Aut├│noma de Baja California (UABC) in Ensenada, Baja California. Funding partners: Texas A&M University and the┬áConsejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT) Collaborative Research Grant.

In partnership with the Galveston Bay Estuary Program (Texas General Land Office), and other researchers at TAMUG and University of Houston, we are beginning a project examining the occurrence of microplastics in Galveston Bay oysters.

With TAMUG collaborator Anna Armitage, we are looking at how invertebrate populations and plant productivity at salt marsh restoration sites are affected by erosion-control structures like breakwaters. This project will help resource managers understand biological costs and benefits when designing projects for shoreline protection.

Collaborating with local agencies and Marine Protected Areas, along with local and international scientists, we’ll be headed to Oriental Mindoro, Philippines (as soon as it’s COVID-safe/feasible to travel). This project will work with MPAs and communities to research how they may best support the sustainability of subsistence gleaning for invertebrates in seagrass beds and mangrove forests, and explore invertebrate biodiversity. Funded by a grant from the Conservation, Food, and Health Foundation.

In a new collaboration with Galveston Bay Foundation, we will be setting up long-term monitoring of oyster restoration projects through hands-on service-learning activities with university students at TAMUG.