Brittany Blomberg

Brittany Blomberg
Ph.D. student – Coastal & Marine System Science
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

B.S., Biology, Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 2008

Brittany attended The University of Tampa, then Purdue University to earn her B.S. in Biology. As an undergraduate, Brittany gained experience working in tropical marine ecosystems and freshwater systems. She also worked on a microbiology project for nearly a year. After graduating, Brittany spent some time in the Bahamas working with sharks and mangrove habitats. She entered the Coastal & Marine System Science doctoral program at TAMUCC in the fall of 2009.

Research Interests & Focus
Her research interests are in marine ecology and ecosystem modeling. Brittany has field experience in a variety of habitats, including freshwater lakes, mangroves, coral reefs, and semi-arid estuaries. Her dissertation research focuses on oyster reef restoration, and will consist of:
1) restoring & monitoring oyster reef habitat in Copano Bay, Texas
2) quantification of ecosystem services provided by the restored oyster reef as a measure of restoration success
3) ecosystem optimization modeling to determine:
a. growth and succession of restored reef
b. estimates of benefits (i.e., ecosystem services) provided by the restored reef
c. optimum locations for restoring reef habitat to maximize desired benefits while considering constraints of available cultch material and funding

Advisory Committee
• Dr. Paul Montagna, Co-advisor, HRI Endowed Chair, Ecosystem Studies & Modeling
• Dr. Jennifer Beseres Pollack, Co-advisor, Assistant Professor, Fisheries & Mariculture
• Dr. David Yoskowitz, HRI Endowed Chair, Socio-Economics
• Dr. Greg Stunz, HRI Endowed Chair, Fisheries & Ocean Health