The Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University have announced new grants totaling $1.7 million for seven two-year research projects at universities around the state to support coastal and marine ecosystems, communities and economies.
“Following a competitive and rigorous peer-review process, we have selected the seven best research projects that will advance knowledge, integrate research and extension, and result in broader impacts that benefit society,” said Dr. Pamela T. Plotkin, Director of Texas Sea Grant.
Awards for the 2018 – 2020 period are:
- “The effects of shifting coastal wetland plant communities on the food webs that support coastal living resources,” Dr. Anna Armitage, Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston;
- “Influence of floods and droughts on particulate organic matter quality in a subtropical estuary, Texas,” Dr. Amber Hardison, Department of Marine Science, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute;
- “Predicting salinity and temperature dynamics in Copano Bay, Texas,” Dr. Robert Hetland, Department of Oceanography, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University;
- “Resilient adaptation of interdependent built, ecological, and governance systems to sea-level rise impacts in Texas coastal communities,” Dr. Ali Mostafavi, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University;
- “Evaluating the relative habitat value of intertidal and subtidal oyster reefs to improve restoration methods,” Dr. Jennifer Pollack, Department of Life Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi;
- “Development of in situ oyster setting for stock enhancement and restoration purposes in Texas,” Dr. John Scarpa, Department of Life Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; and
- “Green infrastructure plans for flood and storm water hazards reduction in the Texas coastal region,” Dr. Shannon Van Zandt, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University.