CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Paul Montagna was recently named Co-Editor-in-Chief of “Estuaries and Coasts,” the official journal of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF). Montagna is the Endowed Chair for Ecosystems and Modeling at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a Regents Professor in the Texas A&M University System.
“I am honored with the appointment as Co-Editor-in-Chief,” said Montagna. “As a longtime member of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, I have always respected their journals and enjoyed reading from them. Being editor for the journal will be a capstone to my career.”
CERF is a multidisciplinary federation dedicated to studying and managing the structure and functions of estuaries and the effects of human activities on these fragile environments. As co-editor-in-chief, Montagna will assign associate editors to carry out the peer-review process. He will then make final decisions about which articles to accept for publication. “Estuaries and Coasts” reviews more than 600 manuscripts per year.
Montagna’s research at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is focused on how benthic ecosystems work and how that information guides resource management decision-making. He has broad experience in marine ecosystems, being knowledgeable on all trophic levels and aquatic systems including tidal, freshwater, estuaries and deep sea. His work has also spanned all oceanic geographies.
Montagna, a long-time CERF member, chaired the 1995 CERF conference in Corpus Christi; served as CERF Member-at-Large between 1997 and 2001; and Gulf Estuarine Society President from 2004 though 2006. In 2013, he also received the CERF William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award, which honors national leaders in estuarine education.