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Active Sponsored Projects

The following list contains active research projects by Principal Investigators (PIs) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi funded within the past 12 months. The content is updated on a monthly basis (Updated September 9, 2014).

Academic Affairs

  • Gerardo Moreno
    Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; Work Study Mentorship Program; $120,000
  • Patricia Spaniol-Mathews
    U.S. Department of Education; McNair Scholars Program; $1,097,575


College of Business

  • George Cone
    Department of Commerce; Texas Coastal Bend Initiative for Diversifying and Sustaining A Vibrant and Resilient Economy; $102,590


College of Education

  • Gilda Ramirez
    Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; Supplement-AVID Postsecondary FY2014; $100,000
  • Phyllis Robertson
    U.S. Department of Education; Future Leaders in Providing Low Incidence Disability Services: FLIP YOUR LIDS; $1,145,395


College of Liberal Arts

  • Catherine Quick
    National Writing Project; SEED Teacher Leadership Development; $20,000

    UT Austin/Texas Education Agency; Write for Texas; $123,297
  • Philip Rhoades
    Texas Department of Transportation; Safe Communities Driver Safety Public Education Campaign; $58,366

    United Way; Agreement Between Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the United Way of the Coastal Bend; $21,429

    Texas Department of Transportation; Safe Communities Safe Driving Public Education Campaign; $59,077


College of Nursing & Health Sciences

  • Frances Forgione
    DHHS-HRSA-Bureau of Health Professions; Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program; $349,926


College of Science and Engineering

  • Darek Bogucki
    University of Miami; Center for Advanced Research on Hydrocarbon Transport in the Environment; $208,990

    NSF; Investigation of Turbulance Generation by Surface Waves; $409,394
  • David Bridges
    DOD-Army-Army Research Office; Velocity Measurement Systems for a Low-Speed Wind Tunnel; $263,340
  • Andreas Fahlman
    WHOI/DOD-Navy-Office of Naval Research; Measuring compartment size and gas solubility in marine mammals; $125,854

    DOD-Navy-Office of Naval Research; Lung mechanics in marine mammals; $150,000
  • Dulal Kar
    National Science Foundation; CC-NE Networking Infrastructure: Establishing a Science DMZ For Research in Coastal, Marine, Atmospheric, Environmental, and Geospatial Computing Sciences; $495,466
  • Longzhuang Li
    NSF; MRI: Acquisition of a High Performance Computing Cluster to Support Multidisciplinary Big Data Analysis and Modeling; $399,038
  • Chuntao Liu
    NASA-Washington; Precipitation Features in the GPM Era: Development of Long Record Precipitation Feature Database Using Multiple Satellite Observations; $49,543

    Rockwell Collins, Inc.; Global Distribution of Radar Reflectivity Profiles; $56,000

    University of Utah/Rockwell Collins, Inc.; University of Utah; $50,000
  • Ahmed Mahdy
    Balcony Realty, LLC.; Research Agreement between TAMUCC and Balcony Realty, LLC.; $158,592
  • David Moury
    National Science Foundation; AGEPT-T Collaborative Research: Advancing Interdisciplinary STEM Graduate Education in Energy and Sustainability Disciplines; $41,000
  • Riccardo Mozzachiodi
    DHHS-National Institute of Health; Analysis of the Effects of Aversive Experience on Non-Defensive Behaviors and Underlying Neural Circuits; $225,340
  • Dorina Murgulet
    TGLO/NOAA; Evaluating Groundwater Inflow and Nutrient Transport to Texas Coastal Embayments; $85,686
  • Frank Pezold
    TEES; LSAMP Phase V Agreement 2014-2015; $85,767
  • Jennifer Pollack
    Texas State Aquarium; Oyster Reef Restoration: Assessing the Benefits to Food Resources in Texas Bays; $15,000

    TGLO/NOAA; Shell Bank: Improving oyster reef restoration through oyster reef shell recycling, education, and scientific inquiry; $99,228

    Harvey Well Sportsman Conservationist; Why are black drum starving in Baffin Bay?; $10,000

    The Nature Conservancy; Half Moon Restoration (CIAP) Monitoring Projects; $125,959
  • Toshiaki Shinoda
    NSF; Moisture Budget and Air-Sea Interaction Associated with Atmospheric Rivers in the Northeast Pacific: Observations and Climate Model Simulations; $513,479
  • James Silliman
    National Science Foundation; Elementary Teachers Engaged in Authentic Math and Science (ETEAMS); $1,497,936
  • Lee Smee
    United States Department of Agriculture; Intrusion of Black Mangrove and its Effects on Ecosystem Services; $50,000
  • Michael Wetz
    NSF; Collaborative Research: Heterotrophic microbial community response to dust deposition events; $220,758

    Texas Water Development Board; Water Quality Monitoring of Mid-Coast Estuaries; $20,000

    CBBEP; Baffin Bay Water Quality 2015; $50,000
  • Kim Withers
    TPWD/USFWS; Tidal Stream Macrobenthos Identification/Enumeration: Arroyo Colorado; $27,000
  • Feiqin Xie
    NASA-Washington; Boundary Layer Cloud Entrainment Study with MODIS, MISR, CALIPSO, GRSRO, AMSRE Measurements and Global Reanalysis; $354,113


Community Outreach

  • Luis Cifuentes
    National Science Foundation; MRI: Acquisition of ESIC Mass Spectrometer; $419,259
  • Christina Cisneros
    TCEQ; AutoCheck FY 2014; $65,058

    TCEQ/City of Corpus Christi; Pollution Prevention Partnership FY 2014; $211,530
  • Joe Miller
    Texas Department of Agriculture; Summer Food Service Program 2014; $6,277
  • Tony Wood
    Texas General Land Office; Tidal Inlet Protection Strategies Program for the Texas Coast; $144,430

Conrad Blucher Institute

  • Scott Duff
    DOC-NOAA: La Jolla, CA; Coversion of Fortran Package Computing Tidal Constituents to Java; $25,000
  • Gary Jeffress
    University of Southern Mississippi/DOC-NOAA-La Jolla, CA; University of Southern Mississippi/Northern Gulf Coast Height Modernization; $650,364

    DOC/NOAA: La Jolla, CA; Operation, Maintenance, Repair and Management of the Houston Galveston Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System; $88,051
  • Larry Lloyd
    Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit/DOI-National Park Service; Cost Estimates for Continuing Operation and Maintenance of 2 Water Quality Monitoring Stations; $24,177

    TAMU/DOC-NOAA; GCOOS Data Provider Search; $14,199

    City of Corpus Christi; Nueces Bay System Salinity and Freshwater Inflow Monitoring 2013-2014; $94,605

    Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority; San Antonio Bay System Monitoring; $54,577

    CBBEP; Nueces Bay Rookery Island Video Monitoring; $10,515
  • James Rizzo
    Sabine Neches Navigation District of Jefferson County; Operation, Maintenance, Repair, and Management of the Sabine Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System; $145,677

    Woods Hole Group, Inc./DOC-NOAA-NMFS-Woods Hole; Operation, Maintenance, Repair & Management of the Western Gulf Coast Region National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON) and Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System® (PORTS®); $48,640
  • Philippe Tissot
    Railroad Commission of Texas; Gamma Ray Analysis of Soil Samples; $4,050

    Texas General Land Office; Coastal Current Monitoring Network; $53,888
  • Deidre Williams
    TGLO; Post-Storm Surveys; $350,754


Center for Coastal Studies

  • James Simons
    DOC/NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Services; Fisheries Diet Data Compilation and Research: Toward an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment in the Gulf of Mexico; $399,708

    TAMUG/University of Miami/DOC-NOAA-Southeast Fisheries Sciinence Center; Trophic Database Compilation for an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management in the Gulf of Mexico; $73,960
  • Kim Withers
    US Department of the Interior/Fish and Wildlife Services; Analysis of Benthic Samples of Macroinvertebrate at Coastal National Wildlife Refuges; $16,877
  • Paul Zimba
    Texas Parks & Wildlife Department; Food Web Effects on Black Drum in Baffin Bay; $61,855

    University of Texas-HSC-San Antonio; Euglenophycin Cancer Prevention and Therapy Study; $105,636

    Texas General Land Office; TGLO Intern 2015; $36,300


Harte Research Institute

  • Cristina Carollo
    Gulf of Mexico Alliance; Gulf of Mexico Alliance Regional Ocean Partnership Administration and Coordination; $31,498
  • Felimon Gayanilo
    TAMRF; Support Services to Maintain and Enhance Interoperable Data Portal for the GCOOS-RA-Supplement; $111,785
  • James Gibeaut
    GRI/Gulf of Mexico Alliance; Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and Data Center (GRIDC); $650,000

    TGLO; Mustang and North Padre Island Beach Maintenance Impacts; $60,000

    NASA-Washington; Progress Report: "Suspended Sediment Dynamics of Shallow Wind-Driven Estuaries: A Remote Sensing Approach"; $30,000
  • John Gold
    Texas Agrilife Research/DOC-NOAA-NMFS-Washington; Stock Structure, Connectivity, and Effective Population Size of Red Snapper; $207,120

    TAMRF/DOC-NOAA-La Jolla, CA; Construction of a Genetic Map for Direct Use in Aquaculture and Management of Red Drum; $8,010

    TAMU; Next-generation DNA sequencing to inform regulatory decisions regarding spatial sites for marine-aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico; $209,240
  • Paul Montagna
    IEC/National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration; Deepwater Sediment Sampling to Assess Potential Post-spill Benthic Impacts from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; $523,981

    Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program; Effects of Pumped Inflows into Rincon Bayou on Benthic Macrofauna; $26,000

    NOAA/TAMRF; Modeling and Analysis Tools for Nutrient Dynamics in the Gulf of Mexico-Year 3; $20,000

    Texas Water Development Board; Benthic Monitoring in Mid-Coastal Estuaries-2014; $44,000

    IEC/NOAA; DBENTHIC110-Soft Bottom Sediment; $457,778
  • Fabio Moretzsohn
    International Union for Conservation of Nature/NFWF; Conserving and Recovering Diversity in the Gulf of Mexico; $51,000

    British Petroleum; Pictorial Field Guide to Deep-Sea Organisms of the Gulf of Mexico; $49,963
  • Gregory Stunz
    Texas Parks & Wildlife Department; South Texas Artificial Reef Monitoring; $604,928

    Texas State Aquarium; Sharks with Spectators: Real-Time, Web-based Tracking of Texas' Marine Apex Predators; $20,000

    Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission; Implementation of the iSnapper Smartphone Application to Collect Data Across All Recreational Sectors in the Gulf of Mexico; $212,295

    DOC-NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Services; Techniques for Minimizing Discard Mortality of Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper and Validating Survival with Acoustic Telemetry; $205,000
  • Gail Sutton
    University of South Florida Research Foundation/The Walton Family Foundation; GulfBase Ocean Assets Portal; $10,000
  • David Portnoy
    DOC-NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Services; Genetic Monitoring and Stock Structure of Two Large Coastal Sharks, Using High Throughput Next-Generation Sequencing; $157,709
  • David Yoskowitz
    Texas Parks & Wildlife; Socio-Economic of SCUBA Diving on Texas Artificial Reefs; $76,749