Research Topics

We have one of the top oceanography departments in the country in terms of research funding. Like the oceans, our research areas are broad and diverse. Our studies integrate the disciplines of biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography.

Research topics include:

BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY RESEARCH

ECOLOGY
Estuarine and Coastal Brinkmeyer, Campbell, Jackson, Quigg, Rowe, Thornton
Continental Margin Biggs, Rowe
Benthic Rowe, Thornton
Deep Sea and Open Ocean Biggs, Campbell, Jackson, Rowe, Wormuth
Polar Regions Rowe,Wormuth
Tropics Rowe
Sperm Whale Studies Biggs, Wormuth
Harmful Algal Blooms Campbell,
PLANKTON
Phytoplankton Baldauf, Campbell, Jackson, Quigg, Thornton
Bio-optics & Remote Sensing Gardner, Richardson
Zooplankton Biggs, Wormuth
NEKTON
Squids Wormuth
MARINE MICROBIOLOGY
Molecular Geomicrobiology
Photosynthetic Picoplankton Campbell
Prokaryotes Amon, Brinkmeyer
BIOGEOCHEMISTRY
Water Column Biggs, Jackson,  Quigg, Thornton
Sediments Baldauf, Lyle,  Rowe, Santschi, Thornton
Atmosphere
FISHERIES
Jackson
MODELING
Trophic Dynamics Biggs, Jackson, Rowe
Planktonic & Benthic Jackson, Rowe
EUTROPHICATION
Chapman, DiMarco
FLOW CYTOMETRY
Campbell

CHEMICAL OCEANOGRAPHY RESEARCH

Aquatic
Biogeochemistry
Amon,  Chapman,  Gardner, Louchouarn, Richardson,
Rowe, Santschi, Thornton
Atmospheric Chemistry Santschi, Yvon-Lewis
Carbonate Chemistry Schmidt
Chemical Models Guinasso,  Santschi, Yvon-Lewis
Chemical Kinetics Santschi
Chemistry of Estuarine and Coastal Regions Amon,  Chapman,  Louchouarn
Santschi
Colloidal Chemistry Louchouarn, Santschi
Environmental Chemistry Amon,  Chapman,  Louchouarn,
Lyle,  Santschi
Extra-terrestrial Ocean Chemistry
Halocarbon Tracers Yvon-Lewis
Iron Cycling
Nitrogen Cycling Rowe, Thornton
Nutrient Chemistry Biggs, Chapman, Louchouarn, Santschi
Organic Geochemistry Louchouarn, Santschi, Yvon-Lewis
Paleo-Ocean Chemistry Lyle, Louchouarn, Schmidt, Thomas
Petroleum Geochemistry
Physical Chemistry of Seawater Santschi
Radionuclide Chemistry Santschi
Sedimentary Biogeochemistry Brinkmeyer, Louchouarn,  Santschi,
Stable Isotope Chemistry Amon, Louchouarn, Schmidt,
Sulfur Cycling Santschi
Trace Metal Chemistry Louchouarn, Santschi, Schmidt,

GEOLOGICAL/GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH

GEOPHYSICS
Gravity, Magnetics, Heat Flow  
Reflection Seismics Lyle
High-Resolution Seismics Dellapenna, Lyle
Side-scan Sonar Imaging Dellapenna
Plate Tectonics / Structure of the Earth
Seamounts
Ocean Basin History Lyle
GEOLOGY/SEDIMENTOLOGY
Sequence & Seismic Stratigraphy Dellapenna, Lyle
Marine Sediments - Geotechnical Properties Dellapenna, Lyle, Slowey
Stable Isotopes Schmidt, Slowey, Thomas
Paleomagnetism/Magnetic Stratigraphy
Radionuclides Dellapenna,  Santschi
Radiogenic Isotopes Thomas
Paleooceanography / Biostratigraphy / Sea Level Change Baldauf, Lyle,  Schmidt, Slowey, Thomas
Coastal Processes Gardner, Richardson, Dellapenna
Coastal Morphology Dellapenna
Sediment Dynamics and Transport - Coastal to Deep Sea Dellapenna, Gardner, Lyle, Richardson,
INTERDISCIPLINARY TOPICS
Astrobiology
Bio-optics, Particle Optics Gardner, Richardson
Biogeochemistry /
Fluxes - Water Column
BiggsGardnerRichardson, Rowe, Santschi
Biogeochemistry - Sediments Lyle, Santschi
Climate variablity and change
Coastal processes and observing systems DiMarco, Guinasso,
Dynamics of continental margins
Global Warming Lyle, North
Marine biogeochemistry
ODASES Baldauf, Lyle,  Schmidt, Thomas
Paleoclimatology Baldauf, Lyle, Schmidt, Slowey, Thomas
Particle Dynamics / Aggregates Gardner, Jackson, Richardson, Thornton
Texas Automated Byoy System (TABS) Guinasso

PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY RESEARCH

GENERAL CIRCULATION
Global in-situ Observation Orsi
Satellite Oceanography /
Remote Sensing
Gardner, Giese, Richardson
Global Modeling Chang, Giese, Stossel
Tropical Ocean Dynamics Chang, Giese, Lyle, Schmidt
Global Data Assimulation Giese
Polar Ocean/Sea Ice Dynamics Stossel, Orsi
Mixing and Turbulence /
Air-Sea Interaction
Anis
Dynamical and Empirical Modes
COASTAL CIRCULATION/NEAR SHORE PROCESSES
Coastal Observation Anis, Brooks, DiMarco, Guinasso
Coastal Modeling Brooks, Hetland
Physical / Biological Modeling Brooks, Hetland, Jackson
Analysis of Waves and Tides DiMarco
INTERDISCIPLINARY TOPICS
Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Modeling Chang, Giese, Stossel, Schmidt
Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) Campbell, DiMarco, Gardner, Richardson, Jochens, Howard
Global Warming Baldauf, Lyle, North
Hypoxia DiMarco, Chapman
Interdisciplinary Coastal Ocean Processes Group DiMarco, Campbell, Chapman, Hetland, Jackson, Guinasso, Amon, Quigg
Paleoclimatology

Baldauf,  Lyle, Schmidt,
Slowey, Thomas
Seasonal Climate Forecast Chang
Texas Automated Buoy System (TABS) Hetland, Guinasso, DiMarco
Education Baldauf
 
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