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Faculty research interests focus broadly on the oceanography and ecology of estuaries and near-coastal waters in areas including: benthic ecology, fisheries oceanography, phytoplankton and zooplankton ecology, invertebrate zoology, biogeochemical cycling and trophic dynamics, physical oceanography and marine conservation ecology.

 


Ruth H. Carmichael, Ph.D.
(Boston University, 2004) Senior Marine Scientist, DISL and Associate Professor of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama.  Population and trophic ecology of shellfish and marine mammals; uses natural abundance stable isotopes to understand biological and physiological responses to environmental perturbations, nutritional importance of food sources, physiological state of organisms, and determine time scales of ecosystem-level change.
Marine Ecosystem Response Lab
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Just Cebrian, Ph.D.
(Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain, 1996) Senior Marine Scientist, DISL and Professor of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Coastal Ecosystem Ecology. Human impacts on Coastal Ecosystem Function. Management and Resiliency of Coastal Ecosystems.
Ecosystems Lab
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Michael R. Dardeau, M.S.
(University of South Alabama, 1982) Marine Scientist, DISL and Supervisor, Marine Technical Support & Operations. Coordinating marine operations including wet lab, dive locker, marine chemical and field instrumentation, and vessel operations. Research interests include coastal policy relating to living resources.
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John J. Dindo, Ph.D.
(University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1991) Senior Marine Scientist, Associate Director DISL, Adjunct Professor Univ. of South Alabama. Marine vertebrate ecology; avian breeding biology; predator-prey relationships in avian and herpetological fauna, habitat assessments; and age, size class and recruitment rates of fish on hardbottoms.
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Kelly Dorgan, Ph.D.
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University of Maine, 2007) Senior Marine Scientist, DISL; Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Benthic ecology; biomechanics of burrowing; biological-physical interactions; functional morphology and physiology of invertebrates.
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Marcus Drymon, Ph.D.
(University of South Alabama, 2010) Research Senior Marine Scientist, DISL; Research Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama. Research interests are in marine fisheries ecology, including assessments of species’ life history, distributions and trophic ecology in coastal ecosystems.
Fisheries Lab
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Kenneth L. Heck, Ph.D.
(Florida State University, 1976) Chief Marine Scientist and Chair of University Programs, DISL, Professor of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Ecological studies of interactions between seagrasses and associated macrofauna, especially shrimps, crabs, and fishes; Global assessment of seagrass nursery value, and experimental investigations of herbivory, nutrient enrichment and overfishing as they impact seagrass ecosystems.
Marine Ecology Lab  
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Ronald P. Kiene, Ph.D.
(SUNY Stony Brook, 1986) Senior Marine Scientist, DISL and Professor of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Biogeochemical cycling of organic matter in coastal and ocean systems with emphasis on compounds containing sulfur and nitrogen; cycling of climatically important trace gases (DMS, CH4, N2O) in aquatic systems; microbial ecology and biogeochemistry in sediments; trophic transfer of marine algal products, including ciguatoxin and DMSP, through the food web.
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Jeffrey W. Krause, Ph.D.
(Oregon State University, 2008).  Senior Marine Scientist, DISL and Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama.  Diatom ecology and physiology, cyanobacteria physiology, and coupling of the global Silicon, Carbon and Nitrogen cycles in coastal and open-ocean regions.
Phtyoplankton Ecology Lab
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Christine (Tina) Miller-Way, Ph.D.
(Lousiana State University, 1994) Marine Scientist-Educator, Northern Gulf Institute Liaison, Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Science education - curriculum development, inquiry-based marine science; Research - functional ecology of marine benthos, benthic community structure, macrofaunal effects on benthic processes and coastal hypoxia.
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Behzad Mortazavi, Ph.D.
(Florida State University, 1998) Senior Marine Scientist, DISL and Assistant Professor and Director of the University of Alabama M.S. Degree Program in the Marine Science. Focus on the transfer and cycling of bioreactive material in terrestrial and marine ecosystems, with a particular emphasis on how naturally occurring perturbation and anthropogenic activities are impacting biogeochemical cycles.
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Alice C. Ortmann, Ph.D.
(University of British Columbia, 2005) Senior Marine Scientist, DISL and Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama.  Diversity and ecological roles of marine microbes including Bacteria, Archaea and their viruses using both culture-based and molecular biology techniques.
Marine Microbial Ecology Lab
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Kyeong Park, Ph.D.
(College of William and Mary, 1993) Senior Marine Scientist and Professor of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Physical transport processes and their effects of water quality and living resources in tidal rivers, estuaries and coastal systems, using field data, theoretical analysis and numerical models; estuarine residual circulation, dispersion of pollutants, sediment transport, eutrophication and hypoxia/anoxia.
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William F. Patterson, III, Ph.D.
(University of South Alabama, 1999) Associate Professor, University of South Alabama. Research areas include population dynamics, trophic dynamics, and population structure of marine fishes.
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Sean P. Powers, Ph.D.
(Texas A&M University, 1997) Senior Marine Scientist, DISL and Associate Professor of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Fisheries, experimental ecology, conservation and restoration of coastal shellfish and finfish populations.
Fisheries Lab
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John F. Valentine, Ph.D.
(University of Alabama, 1989) Executive Director and Senior Marine Scientist, DISL and Professor of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. The role of biotic processes in controlling the flow of energy in seagrass communities, conservation biology, and the potential for marine protected areas to restore food web function in seagrass-coral reef systems.
Marine Conservation Lab
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