Dr. Jennifer Beseres Pollack
Assistant Professor of Marine Biology
Department of Life Sciences

6300 Ocean Drive, ST 314D
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5800
Telephone: (361) 825-2041
Fax: (361) 825-2742
E-mail: Jennifer.pollack@tamucc.edu

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My research focuses on the conservation and restoration ecology of marine and estuarine organisms and habitats.  I am interested in understanding how climate and human-caused changes in environmental conditions affect benthic communities, and how restoration can play a role in…

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Terry Palmer
Email: Terry.palmer@tamucc.edu

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Terry Palmer is a Research Associate who splits his time between being a lab manager for the Pollack lab and conducting research for Paul Montagna, an endowed chair at the Harte Research Institute (HRI). Terry has a diverse range of…

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Current Students

Ryan Rezek
Email: Ryan.rezek@tamucc.edu
PhD student, Coastal and Marine System Science Program

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Ryan Rezek is a Ph.D. student in the Marine Biology program. His research interests include marine restoration ecology and trophic dynamics in restored systems. His dissertation will utilize stable isotope analysis of organisms associated with restored reefs to investigate how…

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Natasha Johnson Breaux
Email: nbreaux@islander.tamucc.edu
MS Student, Marine Biology Program

Tasha Breaux is an M.S. student in the Marine Biology program. Her research interests include benthic and restoration ecology, and the role of freshwater inflow and salinity change on estuarine ecosystems. Her thesis will focus on the benthic community’s response…

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Danielle Zimmermann
Email: danielle.zimmermann@tamucc.edu
MS student, Marine Biology Program

Danielle Zimmermann is an M.S. student in the Marine Biology program. Her thesis will focus on the oyster disease, Dermo, and how it affects the growth of eastern oysters. She is using scope-for-growth, a physiologically based stress index, to detect and…

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Danielle Aguilar
Email: daguilar4@islander.tamucc.edu
MS student, Marine Biology Program

Danielle Aguilar is an M.S. student in the Marine Biology program. Her research interests include marine conservation, restoration ecology, and botany. Her thesis will focus on environmental and economic assessments of a 57-acre restored oyster reef, Half Moon Reef, in…

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Emma Clarkson
Email: emma.clarkson@tpwd.texas.gov
PhD student, Marine Biology Program

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Emma Clarkson is a Ph.D. student in the Marine Biology program. Her research interests include coastal habitat quality and distribution, fisheries ecology, and resource management. Her dissertation will investigate habitat mapping and classification at different temporal and spatial scales in…

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Previous Students

Kelley Savage
Email: ksavage1@islander.tamucc.edu
MS student, Marine Biology Program

Kelley Savage is an M.S. student in the Marine Biology program. Her research interests include marine conservation and applying GIS to coastal systems. Her thesis project will focus on understanding the ecological effects of variable freshwater inflow on Texas oysters….

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Patrick Graham
Email: pgraham1@islander.tamucc.edu
MS student, Fisheries and Mariculture Program

Patrick Graham is an M.S. student in the Fisheries and Mariculture Program.  His research interests include the life history of coastal and migratory fishes, with emphasis on larval and juvenile distributions and habitats. Recent work conducted at the University of…

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Kevin De Santiago
Email: kevdsantiago@gmail.com
MS student, Marine Biology Program

Kevin De Santiago is a M.S. student in the Marine Biology program. His research interests include benthic ecology and coastal habitat restoration. His work will focus on how the restoration of Half Moon Reef, a historically large and productive oyster…

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Kat Mendenhall
Email: kmendenhall@islander.tamucc.edu
MS student, Fisheries and Mariculture Program

Kat Mendenhall is an M.S. student in the Fisheries and Mariculture program. Her research interests are in fisheries population dynamics and benthic coupling. Her undergraduate work focused on coral competition in the Australian Great Barrier Reef, in addition to Digital Media…

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Jaimie Nevins
Email: jaimie.nevins@tamucc.edu
MS student, Fisheries and Mariculture Program

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Jaimie is currently a Wildlife Specialist with the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal Plant Health Inspection Service – Wildlife Services. Jaimie Nevins is a M.S. student in the Fisheries and Mariculture program.  Her work focuses on characterizing oyster reef…

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Lindsey George
Email: lgeorge1@islander.tamucc.edu
MS student, Marine Biology Program

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Lindsey is currently a Dive Instructor at Texas Dive Center. Lindsey George is a M.S. student in the Marine Biology program. Her work focuses in oyster reef restoration ecology. Her thesis project will incorporate laboratory and field experiments to assess…

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Brittany Blomberg
Email: Brittany.blomberg@tamucc.edu
PhD student, Coastal and Marine System Science Program

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Brittany Blomberg is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Brittany Blomberg is a Ph.D. student in the Coastal and Marine System Science program.  Her research interests are in marine ecology and ecosystem modeling.  Her dissertation research focuses…

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