21 November 2014
Texas Coast and Gulf Session
Moderator — Wes Tunnell, Ph.D.
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|9:00-9:20||Paul Montagna – “Freshwater inflows to estuaries: water run to waste?”|
|9:20-9:40||Jim Gibeaut – “Living with rising sea level on the Texas coast”|
|9:40-10:00||Richard McLaughlin – “Legal and policy implications of sea-level rise and freshwater deficits along the Texas coast”|
|10:00-10:20||Greg Stunz – “How much water does an estuary need?”|
|10:20-10:40||Discussion and questions with Gulf of Mexico speakers|
Dr. Paul Montagna received a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina (1983), and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1986). He was a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute from 1986 – 2006, where he was the creator and founding manager of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve in 2006. In September 2006, he became the Endowed Chair for Ecosystem Studies and Modeling at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico. His research focuses on three main areas: 1) environmental flows needed to maintain aquatic ecosystem health and integrity, 2) effects of offshore oil and gas exploration and production including assessing the deep sea impact of the Deepwater Horizon accident, and 3) ecoinformatics including data discovery, publication, and analytics; and ecosystem modeling.
Dr. James Gibeaut is the Endowed Chair for Coastal and Marine Geospatial Sciences at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. His main research focus is modeling the effects of relative sea-level rise and storms on coastal systems and projecting future change. He is also working on developing the data and information framework for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning in Texas, and he is the Director of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC), a major scientific data management program compiling the data and results from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.
Dr. Richard J. McLaughlin is Endowed Chair for Coastal and Marine Policy and Law at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Prior to joining HRI, Dr. McLaughlin was Professor of Law and Ray and Louise Stewart Lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law where he regularly taught International Law, Property Law, Admiralty Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, International Environmental Law, and other courses. Dr. McLaughlin has research interests in a broad range of marine and coastal policy and legal issues including the international law of the sea, ocean energy policies, ocean and coastal governance, and marine ecosystem-based management. He has been actively involved in a variety of leadership positions in the marine law and policy field, is a former Fulbright Scholar to Japan and has published over eighty articles and monographs on marine and coastal policy issues. A graduate of Tulane University Law School and the University of Washington School of Law, he holds a doctorate degree in law from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Greg Stunz, is a marine biologist that specializes in fisheries ecology and sport-fisheries. He holds the Endowed Chair of Fisheries and Ocean Health at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and is a Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is also newly appointed as the Executive Director for the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University (1995, 1999), and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio (1990). A major goal of Dr. Stunz’s research program is to provide scientific data for sustainable management of our marine fisheries and ocean resources to ensure healthy environments. Dr. Stunz’s research program is diverse but currently focuses on migration patterns marine life using a variety of state-of-the-art electronic tracking devices, diving and ROV studies of artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, and the understanding the vital role that estuaries and near-shore waters play in sustaining marine populations. Specifically, his research includes understanding how artificial reef enhance fisheries, the roles of apex predators (i.e., sharks) in Gulf ecosystems and tracking their movement patterns, dolphin-fish migration patterns and life history studies, red snapper ecology and management, several projects dealing with many estuarine fishes such as spotted seatrout and red drum and their sustainable management, and many others. Dr. Stunz is also engaged with numerous boards, panels, scientific advisory committees from the local to national levels. In addition to numerous scientific publications, his research program is frequently covered by television, radio, print news and other media outlets.
Dr. Wes Tunnell is Associate Director and Endowed Chair of Biodiversity and Conservation Science at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and Regents Professor, Fulbright Scholar, and retired Professor of Biology in the Department of Life Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). He earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University (1974) in Biology. His primary research interests lie in coral reef ecology in Mexico, mollusks (seashells) of Texas and Mexico, oil spill impacts in the marine environment, and most recently, biodiversity of the Gulf of Mexico. During his 40-year career he published many research papers, plus 5 books, and he is currently the editor of two book series at TAMUCC.