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College of Science and Engineering Faculty Receive Four Grants Totaling $282,536 from the Texas Coastal Management Program

March 20, 2012

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Four faculty members in the College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have received grants from the Texas Coastal Management Program, an initiative to ensure the long-term environmental and economic health of the Texas Coast.

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi researchers received grants totaling $282,536, approximately 13 percent of the Texas Coastal Management Program yearly allotment for grants. Faculty members receiving funding were:

  • Dr. Jennifer Pollack, assistant professor- $99,825 for Shell Bank, an oyster shell recycling, habitat selection, and outreach program for the Texas Coastal Bend
  • Dr. Michael Wetz, assistant professor- $71,210 for evaluation of factors contributing to water quality degradation in an urbanizing estuary (Oso Bay, Texas)
  • Dr. Ruby Mehrubeoglu, associate professor- $60,604 for seagrass and epiphyte hyperspectral imaging for efficient integrated measurement of water quality
  • Dr. James Simons, associate research scientist- $47,897 for assessment of mercury in selected game fish food webs in Texas Coastal Zone

The program funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is managed by the Coastal Coordination Council, a public/private council chaired by Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. Each year, the council awards approximately $2.2 million in grants for research projects related to management of the state’s coastal natural resources.

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