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Marine Science Seminars

Seminars held at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Departmental Seminars, 2011

Friday, December 16, 1:00 pm

Advances in the non-invasive molecular characterization of humic substances

Patrick Hatcher, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Old Dominion University

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Wednesday, December 14, 11:00 am

The effects of sea level fluctuations on coral reef fishes: Genetic differences between outer reef and lagoon inhabiting wrasses (Genus Halichoeres)

William B. Ludt
Master's Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Tuesday, December 13, 11:00 am

Sex and speciation in a red tide dinoflagellate species complex

Michael L. Brosnahan, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Wednesday, December 7, 11:00 am

Light dependant growth and nitrogen fixation rates in the Hemiaulus haukii and Hemiaulus membranaceus diatom-diazotroph associations

Amy Pyle
Master's Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, December 2, 1:00 pm

Freeze-thaw cycle experiments on dissolved organic matter absorbance from Mackenzie River basin

Claire Griffin
Doctoral Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Friday, December 2, 1:00 pm

Dissolved nitrogen seasonal dynamics in Alaskan Arctic streams and rivers

Matt Khosh
Doctoral Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Tuesday, November 29, 11:00 am

Cell death in the phytoplankton

Chang Jae Choi, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Tuesday, November 22, 11:00 am

Linking physiology to conservation of estuarine species

M. Zachary Darnell, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Tuesday, November 15, 1:00 pm

The acoustic ecology of submerged macrophytes

Christopher Wilson
Doctoral Candidate, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute 

Friday, November 4, 1:00 pm

Evidence for turtlegrass fruit and seed consumption by crustaceans

Kelly Darnell
Doctoral Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Friday, November 4, 1:00 pm

Use of otolith microchemistry to establish freshwater residency patterns of the southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) on the Gulf Coast of Texas

Megan Nims
Master's Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, November 4, 1:00 pm

Estimation of freshwater inflow requirements for a semi-arid salt marsh using emergent plants as indicators of ecosystem condition

Joseph Stachelek
Master's Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Friday, November 4, 1:00 pm

Using high-frequency acoustics to monitor oxygen evolution in Thalassia testudinum, Halodule wrightii, and Syringodium filiforme

Chris Wilson
Doctoral Candidate, The Univeristy of Texas Marine Science Institute

Tuesday, October 25, 11:00 am

Production, biochemical analysis and the role of gonadotropins in tilapia and carp

Joseph Aizen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Friday, October 7, 1:00 pm

Observing copepods interacting with suspended oil droplets: technology

J. Rudi Strickler, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Tuesday, September 13, 2:00 pm  

Testosterone acts at the cell surface to induce teleost granulosa/theca cell death via an apoptotic pathway in Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus)

Chenan Zhang
Master's Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Tuesday, Septembet 6, 11:00 am

Connectivity of reef fish populations: What happens between hatching and settlement?

Michael J. Kingsford, Ph.D.
School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University

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Friday, August 5, 1:00 pm

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve: A federal and state partnership

Sally Morehead
Manager, Mission-Aransas NERR, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, July 29, 1:00 pm

Using the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) to study the effect of river discharge on U.S. eastern continental shelf carbon cycling

Jianhong Xue, Ph.D.
Research Associate, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, July 15, 1:00 pm

Decoding environmental information from biogenic carbonates

Benjamin D. Walther, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Friday, July 8, 1:00 pm

Lunar synchronization of reproductive rhythms in the coral reef fishes

Md. Saydur Rahman, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Friday, July 1, 1:00 pm

Where does it come from, where does it go? Nitrogen dynamics along a river-estuary continuum in the Western Gulf of Mexico

Denise Bruesewitz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, June 24, 1:00 pm

Nutrient and organic matter export from watersheds: sources, dynamics, and relevance to biological production in estuarine systems

James W. McClelland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Friday, June 17, 1:00 pm

Toxic dinoflagellate blooms: genetic diversity and population dynamics

Deana L. Erdner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Friday, June 10, 1:00 pm

Important photochemical processes in Gulf of Mexico coastal environments

G. Christopher Shank, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, May 27, 11:00 am

Megadroughts, abrupt climate changes and ecosystem feedbacks in the West African monsoon: Insights and surprises from the tropical forest zone

Timothy M. Shanahan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin

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Friday, May 20, 1:00 pm

Phylogeography of Halichoeres claudia and Halichoeres ornatissimus: New insights on patterns of population connectivity across the Central-West Pacific

Moisés Bernal
Doctoral Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, May 20, 1:00 pm

Larval size influences depth of residence during settlement in red drum

Lisa Havel
Doctoral Candidate, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, May 20, 1:00 pm

Sea level fluctuations and genetic diversity in two habitats: Comparisons of two lagoon and two seaward reef wrasses (Genus: Halichoeres)

William B. Ludt
Doctoral Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Friday, May 20, 1:00 pm

Exposure to chronic hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico significantly decreases the reproductive potential of male Atlantic croaker

Wenxian Tan
Doctoral Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, May 13, 3:00 pm

Molecular and geochemical characterizations of sulfur and iron reducing populations within coastal environments

Brandi Reese
Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University-College Station

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Tuesday, May 10, 2:00 pm

Spatial and temporal variation in trophic structure of the Nueces Marsh, TX

Sarah C. Wallace
Graduate Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, May 6, 11:00 am

How do settling velocity and particle exchange affect particle fluxes?

Cindy Lee
Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

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Friday, April 29, 1:00 pm

Hypoxia effects on processes in muddy sediments in the northern Gulf of Mexico

Kevin Briggs, Ph.D.
Naval Research Laboratory and Adjunct, University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Marine Science

Friday, April 22, 11:00 am

Tiny bubbles and big fish: Using new technology to better understand barotrauma in the red snapper fishery

Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.
Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Thursday, April 21, 10:00 am

The genomic view of speciation: trying to explain speciation in a non-sexy coral reef fish

Moisés Bernal
Doctoral Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Thursday, April 21, 10:00 am

Seasonal variability of dissolved organic carbon and total dissolved nitrogen in Arctic headwater streams

Matt Khosh
Doctoral Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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April 21, 10:00 am

Variability of denitrification flux estimated by the extended Optimum Multi-Parameter (OMP) analysis at the "Dead Zone" of the northern Gulf of Mexico

Il-Nam Kim
Doctoral Candidate, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Thursday, April 21, 10:00 am

Evolutionary consequences of hybridization in Pygmy Angelfishes

William B. Ludt
Doctoral Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Thursday, April 21, 10:00 am

Examination of diurnal variation in nitrogen fixation rates of three diatom species and their associated endosymbiotic diazotrophs

Amy Pyle
Master's Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Thursday, April 21, 10:00 am

Testosterone induces membrane-mediated cell death via an apoptotic pathway in the granulosa/theca cells of the Atlantic croaker, Micropogonias undulates

Chenan Zhang
Master's Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Wednesday, April 20, 1:00 pm

Evasion from predation: The perilous life of planktonic copepods throughout development

Brad J. Gemmell
Doctoral Candidate, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Tuesday April 19, 11:00 am

Life histories and their role in population and community-level dynamics

Pablo Munguia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Friday, April 15, 11:00 am

Using ecological principles to define habitat restoration success

Anna Armitage, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University-Galveston

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Thursday, April, 14, 3:30 pm

Eutrophication, ecological stoichiometry and aquatic food webs: The San Francisco Estuary example

Pat Gilbert, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory

Friday, April 8, 11:00 am

Condominiums of the deep-sea: octocorals as essentil habitat

Tom Shirley, Ph.D.
College of Science and Technology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Thursday, April 7, 3:30 pm

Reef fish phylogeography: past, present and future

Luiz Rocha, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Friday, April 1, 11:00 am

Evolution of size in fishes: evaluating natural selection for size and prolonged growth trade-offs

Kestrel Perez
School of Marine Science and Atmospheric Science, University of Stony Brook

Monday, March 21, 11:00 am

A moving landscape for comparative genomics in mammals

Stephen J. O'Brien, Ph.D.
NCI-Laboratory of Genomic Diversity

Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 am

Neolithic vs. modern Baltic Sea cod fisheries: shifting baselines and environmental change

Karin E. Limburg, Ph.D.
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

Friday, March 11, 11:00 am

Freshwater inflow as a nitrogen source to San Antonio Bay and the Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve

Karen Bishop
Masters Candidate, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, March 11, 11:00 am

Sucking the life out: potential ecosystem-level effects of parasites in estuarine habitats

Colt Cook
Doctoral Candidate, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, March 11, 11:00 am

Evidence for turtlegrass (Thalassia testudinum) seed consumption by the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus)

Kelly Darnell
Doctoral Candidate, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, March 11, 11:00 am

Food web dynamics in the Chukchi Sea shelf benthic communities using stable C and N isotopes

Nathan McTigue
Doctoral Candidate, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, March 11, 11:00 am

Porewater salinity dynamics within emergent salt marsh vegetation

Joseph Stachelek
Masters Candidate, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, March 11, 11:00 am

Seasonal shifts in organic carbon sources to a subtropical salt marsh food web

Sarah Wallace
Master's Student, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, March 11, 11:00 am

Hear no evil: do seagrasses provide an acoustic refuge for fish?

Chris Wilson
Doctoral Candidate, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Friday, March 4, 11:00 am

Chasing storms: Unraveling the physics behind coastal vulnerabilities

Jesse McNinch
Director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility, Duck, North Carolina

Friday, February 25, 11:00 am

Tales of the South Pacific in the common era: A climate proxy perspective

Terry Quinn, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, Department of Geological Sciences

Tuesday, February 8, 10:00 am

Light and particulate organic matter: The deconstruction side of the equation

Larry Mayer, Ph.D.
School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

Tuesday, February 1, 11:00 am

Toward a mechanistic understanding of the jumping behavior of copepods

Houshuo Jiang, Ph.D.
Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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