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Dr. Gilbert Rowe
Gilbert Rowe
(409) 740-4408
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TAMU Galveston Marine Biology
218 CLB, Pelican Island Mitchell Campus

Ph.D., Zoology, Duke University, 1968

M.S., Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1966

B.S., Zoology, Texas A&M University, 1964

Gilbert Rowe

Regent's Professor (of Marine Biology and Oceanography)

Research Interests

  • Benthic ecology
  • Ecosystem function and structure
  • Carbon and nitrogen cycles
  • Food chain models
  • Environmental quality and sustainable development

Selected Publications

  • Rowe, G. T., G. Boland, E. G. Escobar Briones, Marta Elizabeth, Cruz-Kaegi, A. Newton, D. Piepenburg, I. Walsh and J. Deming. 1997. Sediment community biomass and respiration in the northeast water polynya, Greenland: a numerical simulation of benthic lander and spade core data. Jour. Mar. Systems 10, 497-515.
  • Rowe, G. T., 1997. The structure and function of Arctic benthic communities: Are high-latitude ecosystems different? Korean Journal of Polar Research. 8, 85-95.
  • Rowe, G. T., 1998. Organic carbon cycling in abyssal benthic food chains: numerical simulations of bioenhancement by sewage sludge. Journal of Marine Systems. 14, 337-354.
  • Bickham, J., G. T. Rowe, G. Palatnikov, A. Mekhtiev, M. Mekhtiev, R. Kasimov, D. Hauschultz, J. Wickliffe and W. Rogers. 1998. Acute genotoxic effects of Baku Harbor sediment on Russian sturgeon, Acipenser guildensteidti. Bull.of Env. Contam. and Toxicology 61, 512-518.
  • Morse, J. and G. T. Rowe, 1999. Benthic biogeochemistry beneath the Mississippi River Plume. Estuaries 22, 206-214.
  • Morse, J., G. Boland and G. T. Rowe, 1999. A "gilled" benthic chamber for extended measurement of sediment-water fluxes. Marine Chemistry 66, 225-230.
  • Rowe, G. T., 2001. Seasonal hypoxia in the bottom water off the Mississippi River delta. Journal of Environmental Quality 30, 281-290.
  • Callender, W., G. Staff, K. Parsons-Hubbard, E. Powell, G. T. Rowe, S. Walker, C. Brett, A. Raymond, D. Carlson, S. White and E. Heise. 2002. Taphonomic trends along a forereef slope: Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas. I. Location and water depth. Palaios 17, 50-65.
  • Powell, E., K. Parsons-Hubbard, W. R. Callender, G. Staff, G. T. Rowe, C. Brett, S. Walker, A. Raymond, D. Carlson, S. White and E. Heise. 2002. Taphonomy on the continental shelf and slope: two-year trends- Gulf of Mexico and Bahamas. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 184, 1-35.
  • Rowe, G. T., M. E. Cruz-Kaegi, J. Morse, G. Boland and E. Escobar Briones 2002. Sediment community metabolism associated with continental shelf hypoxia, northern Gulf of Mexcio. Estuaries 25, 1097-11-6.
  • Rowe, G. T., and P. Chapman. 2002. Hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico: some nagging questions. Gulf of Mexico Science 20, 153-160.
  • Rowe, G. T., A. Lohse, G. Fain Hubbard G. Boland, E. Escobar Briones and J. Deming, 2002. Preliminary Trophodynamic Carbon Budget for the Sigsbee Deep Benthos, Northern Gulf of Mexico, pp. 225-238, in D. Stanley and A. Scarborough-Bull, eds., Fisheries, Reefs and Offshore Development, American Fisheries Society Symposium 36. Am. Fish. Soc., Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
  • Swartz, C., K. Donnelly, A. Islamzadeh, , G. T. Rowe, W. Rogers, G. Palatnikov, A. Mekhtiev, R. Kasimov, T. McDonald, J. Wickliffe, B. J. Presley and J. Bickham 2003. Chemical contaminants and their effects in fish and wildlife from the heavily contaminated industrial zone of Sumgayit, Republic of Azerbaijan. Ecotoxicology 12: 511-523.
  • Bickham, J., C. Matson, A. Islamzadeh, G. T. Rowe, K. Donnelly, C. Swartz, W. Rogers, J. Wickliffe, R. Autenrieth, T. McDonald, D. Politov, G. Palatnikov, A. Mekhtiev and R. Kasimov 2003. Editorial: The unknown environmental tragedy of Sumgayit, Azerbaijan. Ecotoxicology 12: 507-510.
  • Tengberg, A., P. Hall, U. Andersson, B. Lindén, O. Styrenius, G. Boland, F. de Bovee, B. Carlsson, S. Ceradini, A. Devol, G. Duineveld, J-U. Friemann, R. Glud, A. Khripounoff, J. Leather, P. Linke, L. Lund-Hansen, G. T. Rowe, P. Santschi, P. de Wilde and U. Witte. Intercalibration of benthic flux chambers II. Hydrodynamic characterization and flux comparisons of 14 different designs. In revision.

Additional Information


  • Head, Marine Biology, Texas A&M University, 2003-present
  • Professor, Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1987-2002
  • Head, Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1987-1993
  • Head, Oceanographic Sciences Division, BNL, 1985-1987
  • Oceanographer, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1979-1987
  • Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1973-1979
  • Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1969-1973
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1968-1969
  • Research Associate, Florida State University, 1968
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