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Dr. Robin Brinkmeyer
Robin Brinkmeyer
Phone:
(409) 741-7178
Fax:
(409) 740-4787
Email:
brinkmer@tamug.edu
Office:
TAMU Galveston Marine Sciences
Address:
Texas A&M University at Galveston 
P.O. Box 1675 
Galveston, Texas 77553

Degrees:
Ph. D., Natural Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany

M. A., Marine Science, University of Texas at Austin, USA

B. S., Zoology, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Awards:
  • Texas Institute for Oceanography, Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 2003-2005
  • Honorable Mention for Best Paper, 6th Annual ARCUS Award for Arctic Research Excellence, 2002
  • Guest Scientist Fellowship, University of Ghent, Belgium, 1993
  • Student Scholarship Award for Academic and Professional Excellence, Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, 1992
  • Student Competitive Stipend, University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute, 1987, 1988

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Robin Brinkmeyer

Assistant Professor

Selected Publications

  • Brinkmeyer, R., Cromer, W. E., and Stein, R. (in prep for submission to Applied and Environmental Microbiology) Abundance and distribution of human enteric Adenovirus in two highly urbanized watersheds in the greater Houston, TX area.
  • Brinkmeyer, R. and Stein, R. (in prep for submission to Applied and Environmental Microbiology) Genetic diversity and predominance of human Adenovirus serotypes in Houston, TX.
  • Brinkmeyer, R., Cromer, W. E., and Ling, E. (in prep for submission to Applied and Environmental Microbiology) Detection and quantification of human enteric Adenovirus in a coastal, east Texas watershed.
  • Brinkmeyer, R., Hochman, M., and Schwarz, J. (in prep for submission to Journal of Shellfish Research) Seasonal abundance of Vibro vulnificus and V. parahaemolyticus in Galveston Bay oysters: a multi-year comparison of traditional culture and quantitative PCR methods.
  • Brinkmeyer, R., Hochman, M., and Schwarz, J. (in prep for submission to Journal of Shellfish Research) Seasonal abundance and diversity of human enteric viruses in Galveston Bay oysters populations.
  • Brinkmeyer, R., Gilbert, L., Hochman, M., and Schwarz, J. (to be submitted next month to Applied and Environmental Microbiology) Affiliation of Vibrio vulnificus, V. parahaemolyticus and V. cholerae with hard head (Arius felis) and gaff top catfish (Bagre marinus) in Galveston Bay: Implications for human infection.
  • Hieke, A.S.C., Yeager, K., Rifai, H., Santschi, P., and Brinkmeyer, R. (in prep for submission to Environmental Science &Technology) Molecular detection and 16SrRNA diversity of Dehalococcoides-like bacteria in dioxin-contaminated sediments from the Houston, TX Ship Channel.
  • Brinkmeyer, R., John, U., and Helmke, E. (in prep for submission to Molecular Ecology) Interpolar mixing of the sea ice bacterium Octadecabacter spp. as revealed by Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism.
  • Brinkmeyer, R. and Helmke, E. (in prep for submission to Limnology and Oceanography) Degradation of dimethyl sulfide and dibromomethane by phylogenetically diverse bacterial groups in Arctic sea ice.
  • Brinkmeyer, R. 2007. Molecular Methods Survey of Enteric Viruses in two Houston Bayous for the Total Maximum Daily Loads for Fecal Pathogens in Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou Project: Final Report. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 77 pp.
  • Yeager, K.M., Santschi, P. H., Rifai, H., Suarez, M., Brinkmeyer, R., Hung, C.-C., Schindler, K., Andres, M., and Weaver, E. 2007. Dioxin chronology and fluxes in sediments of the Houston Ship Channel, Texas: Influences of non-steady state sediment transport and total organic carbon. Environ. Sci. Tech, 41: 5291-5298.

Additional Information


Projects

  • Factors regulating microbial degradation of dioxins in estuarine sediments: Houston Ship Channel and Galveston Bay, Texas
  • Shipward – Introducing exotic and invasive species around the world: Concerns for Texas
  • Impacts of Dredging Activities on the Fate of Dioxin in the Houston Ship Channel and Evaluation of Natural Remediation Processes
  • A multi-year study to examine survival and potential growth of Escherichia coli and Enterococcus spp. bacteria in Buffalo Bayou and White oak Bayou, Houston, TX
  • Quantitative PCR detection and microbial source tracking of enteric viruses in Galveston Bay tributary waters

Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, TX, 2007-present
  • Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, TX, 2006-2007
  • Lecturer, Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, TX, 2003-2006
  • Texas Institute of Oceanography Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, TX, 2003-2006
  • Doctoral student, Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany, 1998-2003
  • Stormwater Biologist, San Antonio Water System, San Antonio, TX    1995-1997
  • Toxicity Identification and Reduction Evaluation, Espey Huston & Associates, Houston, TX, 1995
  • Guest Scientist, University of Ghent, Belgium, 1993-1994
  • Laboratory research assistant III, University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, TX, 1990-1993


Presentations

  • Brinkmeyer, R. Molecular methods approaches to studies of pathogens and pollutants in Galveston Bay, December 14, 2007, HARTE Institute, Corpus Christi, TX. (invited speaker)
  • Brinkmeyer, R. Molecular methods approaches to studies of pathogens and pollutants in Galveston Bay, December 3, 2007, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, TX. (oral presentation)
  • Hieke, A.S.C., Santschi, P., Yeager, K., and Brinkmeyer, R. Diversity and distribution of bacterial communities in dioxin-contaminated sediments from the Houston Ship Channel, November 4-8, 2007, Estuarine Research Federation Conference, Providence, RI. (oral presentation)
  • Gilbert, L. and Brinkmeyer, R. Association of  virulent Vibrio spp. bacteria with hard head and gafftop catfish in Galveston Bay, TX, November 4-8, 2007, Estuarine Research Federation Conference, Providence, RI. (poster)
  • Brinkmeyer, R. Adenoviruses as fecal contaminant source trackers in Buffalo and White Oak Bayous, tributaries into Galveston, Bay, November 4-8, 2007, Estuarine Research Federation Conference, Providence, RI. (oral presentation)
  • Brinkmeyer, R. Hieke, A.-S. C., Yeager, K., and Santschi, P. Factors regulating microbial degradation of dioxins in estuarine sediment: Houston Ship Channel and Galveston Bay, TX, October 10, 2007, SeaGrant Texas, 6th Annual Researcher Conference, University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, TX. (oral presentation)
  • Brinkmeyer, R. Molecular Characterization of bacteria in Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice:  A tale of two poles, September 16, 2007, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University at College Station, College Station, TX. (invited speaker)
  • Hieke, C., Brinkmeyer, R., and Santschi, P. Diversity and distribution of Dehalococcoides in dioxin contaminated sediments from the Houston Ship Channel. TAMUG Student Research Symposium, Galveston, Texas, April 2007. (poster award 1st place in category and 2nd place overall)
  • Steichen, J., Neyland, E., Towers, N., Brinkmeyer, R., and Quigg, A. Survival of micro-organisms in ships ballast water and their potential impact on Texas estuaries. TAMUG Student Research Symposium, Galveston, Texas, April 2007. (poster)
  • Gilbert, L. and Brinkmeyer, R. Association of virulent Vibrio spp. with hardhead (Arius felis) and gaff top (Bagre marinus) catfish in Galveston Bay. TAMUG Student Research Symposium, Galveston, Texas, April 2007. (poster)
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