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Dr. Doug Biggs
Doug Biggs
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Eller O&M 506DA

Texas A&M University O&M Building
Room 506DA MS 3146 
College Station, Texas 77843


Ph.D. Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976

B.A. with Honors, Biology, Franklin & Marshall College, 1972


Biggs is a Scientific Advisor to the US Marine Mammal Commission

Doug Biggs


Research Interests

  • Physical and biological habitat use by sperm whales and other apex predators in the Gulf of Mexico and (in cooperation with Ecuador Navy) in the eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean
  • Biogeochemical processes in mesoscale eddies
  • Zooplankton stock estimation from ADCP backscatter intensity
  • Nutrient enhanced coastal ocean productivity

Selected Publications

  • Nababan, B., F.E. Muller-Karger, C. Hu, and D.C. Biggs, 2011. Chlorophyll variability in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Intl. J. Rem. Sensing. TRES_A_542192: 19 pages. DOI:10.1080/01431161.2010.542192
  • O’Hern, J.E., and D.C. Biggs, 2009. Sperm whale habitat in the Gulf of Mexico: Satellite observed ocean color and altimetry applied to small scale variability in distribution. Aquatic Mammals, 35: 358-366.
  • Biggs, D.C., C. Hu, and F. Muller-Karger, 2008. Remotely sensed sea surface chlorophyll and POC flux at Deep Gulf of Mexico Benthos sampling stations. Deep Sea Res. II, 55: 2555-2562.
  • Kaltenberg, A.O., D.C. Biggs, and S.F. DiMarco, 2007. Deep scattering layers of the northern Gulf of Mexico observed with a ship-board 38-kHz acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP). Gulf Mex. Sci., 25: 97-108.
  • Biggs, D.C., Jochens, A.E., Howard, M.K., DiMarco, S.F., Mullin, K.D., Leben, R.R., Muller- Karger, F.E., and Hu, C. 2005. Eddy forced variations in on- and off-margin summertime circulation along the 1000-m isobath of the northern Gulf of Mexico, 200-2003, and links with sperm whale distributions along the middle slope. Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico: Observations and Models (W. Sturges and A. Lugo-Fernandez, Eds.) Amer. Geophys. Union Geophys. Monogr. Series. 161: 71-85
  • Sindlinger, L.R., Biggs, D.C., and DiMarco, S.F. 2005. Temporal and spatial variability of ADCP backscatter on a continental slope, Contl. Shelf Res., 25: 259-275.
  • Publications prior to 2005...

Additional Information

In 2009, the Marine Mammals Commission provided support to me for “Building Partnerships for Long-Term Ecological Monitoring of Marine Mammals in the Galapagos Islands and in other Marine Reserves in Ecuador”. This was a cooperative project with the Instituto Oceanografico de la Armada del Ecuador (INOCAR). My MMC $34,969 award included 1.5 months of my research time/effort for six months 1 Sept 2009 – 28 Feb 2010, and support for travel to Washington DC and to several meetings.

Prior to beginning this work in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, I collaborated in five oceanographic research programs in the Gulf of Mexico: NASA, NEGOM, DGOMB, SWAMP, and SWSS. These programs were externally funded by NASA, NOAA, and MMS.

TAMU GRADUATE STUDENTS I chaired or co-chaired since 2000: Patrick H. Ressler (PhD, 2001); Rebecca L. Scott (MS, 2001); Leila Belabbassi (MS, 2001); Laurie R. Sindlinger (MS, 2003); Amanda Olson Kaltenberg (MS, 2004); William W. Fletcher (MS, 2004); Alyson K. Azzara (MS, 2006); Julia E. O’Hern (MS, 2007; Julia is continuing at A&M, to work toward the PhD); Michelle L. Johnston (entered Fall 2009 to work toward MS); Roxanne G. Duncan (entered Fall 2009 to work toward MS); Kerri J. Smith (entered Fall 2009 to work toward MS)


  • Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, College Station TX, 1996 to date.
  • Associate Professor, Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1983-1996
  • Assistant Professor, Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1977-1983
  • Manager, Tech Support Services Group, Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1986-1996
  • Instructor, Marine Zooplankton Ecology 3-week summer course, Bermuda Biological Station for Research, taught 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Marine Sciences Research Center, University of New York-Stony Brook, 1976-1977
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