Faculty & Staff Directory

Administrators for the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences

Photo of Richard CoffinRichard Coffin, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Office: NRC 3500
Phone: (361) 825-2814

Carbon isotope geochemistry to study biogeochemical cycles in the coastal ocean and estuaries.
Photo of Jennifer Smith-EngleJennifer Smith-Engle, Ph.D.
Professor and assistant to the Chair
Office: NRC 3502
Phone: (361) 825-2436

Coastal processes; coastal regulations and resource management; Late Pleistocene/Holocene coastal geology and geomorphology

Faculty in the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences

Photo of Hussain Abdulla Hussain Abdulla, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: CS 211
Phone: (361) 825-6050

Focusing on four research areas of Organic Biogeochemistry: Environmental metabolomics; Fate of terrestrial dissolved organic matter; Effects of natural organic matter in the solubility of anthropogenic pollutants and Chemical characterization of trace metals organic ligands.
Photo of Eugene Billiot Eugene Billiot, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Chemistry
Office: CS 129
Phone: (361) 825-2680

Understanding chiral separations with amino acid based surfactants.

Photo of Feri Billiot Feri Billiot, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office: CS 130D
Phone: (361) 825-6067

Understanding chiral separations with amino acid based surfactants; distribution, fate and effect of endocrine disruptors in the environment
Photo of Darek Bogucki Darek Bogucki, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: HRI 118
Phone: (361) 825-2836

Small scale physical processes in the coastal ocean, including remote sensing, numerical methods in fluid dynamics, biological-physical interactions, sensors, and LIDAR

Photo of Timothy Causgrove Timothy Causgrove, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office: CS 207
Phone: (361) 825-2399

Spectroscopic measurement of energy barriers to protein folding using novel initiation methods; molecular modeling of peptide structure and dynamics
Photo of Jeremy Conkle Jeremy Conkle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: HRI 104
Phone: (361) 825-2862

Fate, transport and health (ecosystem and human) impacts of pollutants, particularly emerging contaminants and marine plastics in coastal and marine environments.

Photo of Joseph David Felix Joseph David Felix, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry
Office: NRC 3202
Phone: (361) 825-4180

Stable isotope biogeochemistry; Transport, fate, and air-sea-land exchange processes of volatile organic compounds and reactive nitrogen; Bulk and compound-specific stable isotope analysis method development
Photo of James Gibeaut James Gibeaut, Ph.D.
Endowed Associate Research Professor
Office: HRI 215A
Phone: (361) 825-2060

Coastal geology using topographic Lidar, remote sensing, GIS, and field surveys to measure and understand coastal change

Photo of Nicolas Holubowitch Nicolas Holubowitch, Ph.D.
Professional Assistant Professor
Office: CS 211

Photo of Xinping Hu Xinping Hu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: SL2 104
Phone: (361) 825-3395

Oceanic carbon cycle; Ocean acidification; Sediment early diagenesis; Carbonate geochemistry; Stable isotope biogeochemistry

Photo of Patrick Larkin Patrick Larkin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office: CS 203
Phone: (361) 825-3258

plant biochemistry, chemical and molecular ecology
Photo of Chuntao Liu Chuntao Liu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Office: NRC 1109
Phone: (361) 825-3845

Research area: Remote sensing of cloud, precipitation and severe weather.

Photo of Richard Mclaughlin Richard Mclaughlin
HRI Chair and Professor
Office: HRI 311C
Phone: (361) 825-2010

Marine policy and law
Photo of Paul Montagna Paul Montagna, Ph.D.
Endowed Chair for Ecosystems Studies and Modeling
Office: HRI 210A
Phone: (361) 825-2040

Ecosystem studies with a focus on benthic components, freshwater resources, water quality, ecosystem modeling, and environmental statistics; and integrating natural science with human dimensions research.

Photo of Dorina Murgulet Dorina Murgulet, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geology
Office: NRC 3203
Phone: (361) 825-2309

Physical and Contaminant Hydrogeology; Hydrology and Water Resources; Groundwater/surface water interactions; Coastal hydrogeology.
Photo of Valeriu Murgulet Valeriu Murgulet, Ph.D.
Professional Assistant Professor
Office: CS 205
Phone: (361) 825-6023

Photo of Narendra Narayana Narendra Narayana, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor in Biochemistry
Office: CS 208
Phone: (361) 825-3644

X-ray crystallography for structure determination of biological macromolecules
Photo of James Owens James Owens, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: CS 130A
Phone: (361) 825-4185

Photo of Jai Prakash Jai Prakash, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: CS 210
Phone: (361) 825-3293

Photo of Galina Reid Galina Reid, M.S.
Instructor of Physics and Physical Science
Office: NRC 1110
Phone: (361) 825-3685

Physical science education, learning and understanding the natural phenomena

Photo of Toshiaki Shinoda Toshiaki Shinoda, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science
Office: NRC 3509
Phone: (361) 825-3636

Climate dynamics, Atmosphere-ocean interaction, Physical oceanography
Photo of Jim Silliman Jim Silliman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office: HRI 120
Phone: (361) 825-3718

Organic geochemistry: Climate and environmental change and Differences in organic geochemical practices

Photo of Jeffery Spirko Jeffery Spirko, Ph.D.
Professional Assistant Professor
Office: NRC 1111
Phone: (361) 825-6020

Photo of Barbara Szczerbinska Barbara Szczerbinska, Ph.D.
Office: NRC 3503
Phone: (361) 825-3916

Neutrino Physics, Geoneutrinos, Dark Matter

Photo of Philippe Tissot Philippe Tissot, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Office: NRC 2801
Phone: (361) 825-3776

My main research interest is the application and development of machine learning based techniques
Photo of Feiqin Xie Feiqin Xie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Office: NRC 3507
Phone: (361) 825-3229

My primary research interests are in atmospheric remote sensing and atmospheric dynamics.

Photo of David Yoskowitz David Yoskowitz
HRI Chair & Professor
Office: HRI 210B
Phone: (361) 825-2966

Economics and ecosystem services
Photo of Lin Zhang Lin Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: HRI 104
Phone: (361) 825-2095

Compound/Position Specific Carbon and Nitrogen Isotopic Analysis in Amino Acids and Application in Oceanography and Ecology. Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry of Greenhouse Gases in Alaskan Peatlands.

Research Professors in the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences

Photo of Yanjuan Guo Yanjuan Guo, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
Office: NRC 3505
Phone: (361) 825-2078

  • Dynamics and variability of storm track and extratropical cyclone.
  • Tropical variability: the Madden - Julian Oscillation; tropical cyclones/hurricanes
  • Application of satellite observations
Photo of Vinay Kumar Vinay Kumar, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
Office: MB1 104
Phone: (361) 825-6225

Research Area: Weather and Climate modeling; Extreme rainfall events; Thunderstorms and Electricity.

Staff in the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences

Photo of Ronnie Emanuel Ronnie Emanuel
Academic Advisor

Biology MS
Biomedical Sciences BS (Clinical Lab Studies)
Chemistry Minor, BS, MS
Fisheries & Mariculture MS
Marine Biology MS
Math Minor, BS, MS
Physics Minor, BS
Undecided S&E Students BS
Photo of Alessandra Garcia Alessandra Garcia
Senior Administrative Assistant
Office: NRC 3500
Phone: (361) 825-2814

Photo of Michael Garcia Michael Garcia
Laboratory Coordinator I
Office: CS 129
Phone: (361) 825-2125

Photo of Carol Haley Carol Haley
Laboratory Coordinator I
Office: CS 129
Phone: (361) 825-2959

Photo of Joseph Hill Joseph Hill
Laboratory Coordinator I
Office: Mod-1 108

Photo of Melisa Jarman Melisa Jarman
Administrative Assistant
Office: NRC 1100
Phone: (361) 825-2991

Photo of Nikolai Kraiouchkine Nikolai Kraiouchkine
Instrumentation Coordinator
Office: CS 220
Phone: (361) 825-3486

Photo of Bethany Pfeiffer Bethany Pfeiffer
Academic Advisor

Atmospheric Science Minor, BS
Biology Freshmen [A-M]*
Environmental Science Minor, BS
Geology Minor, BS

*Freshmen are defined as students with fewer than 30 semester credit hours earned.

Photo of Paula Rose Paula Rose, Ph.D.
Associate Research Scientist
Office: NRC 3510
Phone: (361) 825-2710

Isotope biogeochemistry; marine biogeochemistry; sediment biogeochemistry
Photo of Martha Simcik Martha Simcik
Academic Advisor

Coastal & Marine System Science MS, PhD
Computer Science Minor, BS, MS
Environmental Science MS

Photo of Mary Teter Mary Teter
Senior Secretary
Office: CS 130
Phone: (361) 825-2681