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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. All projects are in alphabetical order, by PI last name, for each college, center, or institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The PI's name, sponsor(s), title, and awarded amount are shown for each project.

For questions, or to make any corrections to the list below, please contact Laura Mansilla, Reporting Analyst, at laura.mansilla@tamucc.edu. All content is updated on a monthly basis (last updated February 13, 2015).

Academic Affairs

  • Patricia Spaniol-Mathew
    U.S. Department of Education; McNair Scholars Program; $1,097,575

    U.S. Department of Education; STEM Online Supplemental Instruction Project (STEM-OSIP); $3,301,524


College of Education

  • 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 Safe Driving Public Education Campaign; $59,077
  • Sarah Scott
    Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Evaluation of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition Project of the CADA; $36,000


College of Nursing & Health Sciences

  • Frances Forgione
    DHHS-HRSA-Bureau of Health Professions; Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program; $349,926
  • Mary Jane Hamilton
    Blackstone Charitable Foundation; Blackstone Project for eLine Military Program; $50,000


College of Science and Engineering

  • Mark Besonen
    CBBEP/EPA/TCEQ; Water Quality of the Baffin Bay System since AD 1850 as Inferred from Sediment COres; $75,000
  • Darek Bogucki
    NSF; Investigation of Turbulance Generation by Surface Waves; $409,394
  • Andreas Fahlman
    WHOI/DOD-Navy-Office of Naval Research; Measuring compartment size and gas solubility in marine mammals; $125,854
  • Xinping Hu
    University of Delaware; Dynamics of dissolved inorganic carbon and dissolved oxygen following natural or manmade petroleum carbon release into arine environments-Year 3; $77,238
  • Longzhuang Li
    NSF; MRI: Acquisition of a High Performance Computing Cluster to Support Multidisciplinary Big Data Analysis and Modeling; $399,038
  • Chuntao Liu
    Rockwell Collins, Inc.; Global Distribution of Radar Reflectivity Profiles; $24,000
  • Ahmed Mahdy
    Balcony Realty, LLC.; Research Agreement between TAMUCC and Balcony Realty, LLC.; $158,592
  • Riccardo Mozzachiodi
    DHHS-National Institute of Health; Analysis of the Effects of Aversive Experience on Non-Defensive Behaviors and Underlying Neural Circuits; $225,340
  • Frank Pezold
    TEES; LSAMP Phase V Agreement 2014-2015; $85,767
  • Jennifer Pollack
    The Nature Conservancy; Half Moon Restoration (CIAP) Monitoring Projects; $125,959
  • John Scarpa
    University of Florida/DOC-NOAA-La Jolla, CA; Revitalizing Hard Clam Aquaculture Industry in SO. East; $15,211
  • Toshiaki Shinoda
    NSF; Moisture Budget and Air-Sea Interaction Associated with Atmospheric Rivers in the Northeast Pacific: Observations and Climate Model Simulations; $513,479
  • Michael Starek
    U.S. Army Corp of Engineers; Development of Probabilistic Clutter Maps within Complex Forested Terrain Using Airborne Lidar Data; $109,900
  • 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
  • Feiqin Xie
    NASA-Washington; Boundary Layer Cloud Entrainment Study with MODIS, MISR, CALIPSO, GRSRO, AMSRE Measurements and Global Reanalysis; $354,113


Community Outreach

  • Christina Cisneros
    TCEQ/City of Corpus Christi; Pollution Prevention Partnership FY 2014; $211,530
  • Terri Howe
    CC Business and Job Development Corp.; Small Business Incentive Agreement; $190,635
  • Carole Moody
    TEA; 2014-2015 CTE-Professional Development Project; $295,000

    Texas Workforce Commission; Apprenticeship Instructor Training; $28,000

Conrad Blucher Institute

  • Gary Jeffress
    DOC/NOAA: La Jolla, CA; Operation, Maintenance, Repair and Management of the Houston Galveston Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System; $88,051

    University of Southern Mississippi/DOC-NOAA-La Jolla, CA; University of Southern Mississippi/Northern GUlf Coast Height Modernization-Year 2; $700,000
  • Larry Lloyd
    Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority; San Antonio Bay Water Quality and Hydrodynamic Monitoring; $54,764
  • 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
    TGLO; Coastal Current Monitoring Network; $53,888
  • Deidre Williams
    TGLO; Post-Storm Surveys; $350,754

    City of Corpus Christi; Packery Channel Quarterly Monitoring; $277,084


Center for Coastal Studies

  • Brien Nicolau
    Texas Commission of Environmental Quality; Support for Nueces Bay Zinc TMDL Effectiveness Monitoring; $35,000

    Texas Commission of Environmental Quality; Oso-Creek/Oso Bay Bacteria TMDL Public Outreach and I-Plan Support; $65,000

    Texas Commission of Environmental Quality; Corpus Christi Bay Beaches TMDL Study; $30,000

    Texas Commission of Environmental Quality; CC Bay Beaches Public Outreach and I-Plan Support; $30,000
  • James Simons
    TAMUG/University of Miami/DOC-NOAA-Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Trophic Database Compilation for an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management in the Gulf of Mexico; $73,960
  • Paul Zimba
    Environmental Protection Agency; Use of Seawater Electrolysis to Build Artificial Reef Habitat: Comparison with Traditional Shell Reefs; $198,690


Harte Research Institute

  • Matthew Ajemian
    Bermuda Zoological Society; Spotted Eagle Ray Conservation on the Bermuda Platform: New Approaches to Documenting Large-Scale Migration; $5,000
  • Felimon Gayanilo
    TAMRF; Support Services to Maintain and Enhance Interoperable Data Portal for the GCOOS-RA-FY-2015; $114,246
  • James Gibeaut
    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

    IEC/NOAA; MATSH20-Completing Analysis of Coastal Wetland Erosion; $10,000

    GRI/Gulf of Mexico Alliance; Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and Data Center (GRIDC) Year 4; $1,418,931
  • John Gold
    TAMU; Next-generation DNA sequencing to inform regulatory decisions regarding spatial sites for marine-aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico; $209,240

    Texas Parks & Wildlife/USFWS; A Genetic Map of Southern Flounder (Paralichthys lethostogma); $47,580
  • Lary McKinney
    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Texas OneGulf Consortium; $2,094,648
  • Richard McLaughlin
    TGLO/NOAA; TGLO Assessment and Strategy II; $196,402
  • Paul Montagna
    IEC/NOAA; DBENTHIC110-Soft Bottom Sediment; $195,000
  • Gregory Stunz
    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

    DOC-NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Services; Ecosystem-based Approach to Investigate the Relative Habitat Value of Natural Banks and Oil/Gas Platforms in Enhancing Stock Building of Reef Fishes in the Western Gulf of Mexico; $118,404

    NOAA/TAMU/Texas Sea Grant College Programs; Why are black drum starving in Baffin Bay? An ecosystem-based appproach; $59,081

    Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission; Implementation of the iSnapper Smartphone Application to Collect Data Across All Recreational Sectors in the Gulf of Mexico; $84,991
  • 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
    DOC-NOAA-Climate Program Office; Developing Decision Support Tools for Understanding, Communicating, and Adapting to the Impacts of Climate on the Sustainability of Coastal Ecosystem Services; $99,394