Chris Groff

PhD student, Marine Biology Program

Chris is a research associate in the Pollack lab and will enter the Ph.D. program in marine biology in fall 2018. His research background lies primarily in benthic ecology with a strong focus on the functional roles of macroinvertebrates in anthropogenically degraded systems and the effectiveness of associated restoration efforts, biological assessment of artificial habitat, and research-based aquaculture. Earning his M.S. in Freshwater Science and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016, his work took place in Green Bay and nearshore Lake Michigan, the Upper Mississippi River, and Laguna Bacalar in southern Quintana Roo, Mexico. Chris also worked as a research technician in fisheries ecology at UW-Milwaukee and as a PADI divemaster on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. His research at TAMUCC will focus on assessments of climate change-related impacts on the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) and on comparisons of oyster reef communities on natural and restored intertidal and subtidal reefs.