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Latest Funding

(Updated July 2, 2014)

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.

Academic Affairs

  • Ann DeGaish
    CC Business and Job Development Corp.; Small Business Incentive Agreement; $35,060

  • April Jasso
    U.S. Department of Education; Trio/Student Support Services; $234,634

  • 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


College of Liberal Arts

  • Jack Gron
    Texas Commission on the Arts; The Mobile Foundry; $1,500

    Corpus Christi Arts and Cultural Commission; ART:FORMS:ART; $15,000

  • 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

  • Sarah Scott
    Texas Countil on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Agreement Between Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse-Coastal Bend; $39,260


College of Nursing & Health Sciences

  • Eve Layman
    TAMUK/HRSA; Evaluation of HINSTX Rural HIT Network Plan; $15,932


College of Science & Engineering

  • Fereshteh Billiot
    Welch Foundation; Welch Departmental Grant 2014; $35,000
  • Darek Bogucki
    University of Miami; Center for Advanced Research on Hydrocarbon Transport in the Environment; $208,990

  • David Bridges
    DOD-Army-Army Research Office; Velocity Measurement Systems for a Low-Speed Wind Tunnel; $263,340

  • Suzzette Chopin
    JAMP/Council; JAMP 2014; $13,091

  • 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 marine environments; $101,368

  • 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

  • Ajay Katangur
    Texas Engineering Experiment Station/National Science Foundation; Transforming Undergraduate Learning in Digital Systems in Texas; $16,969

  • 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

  • Lovell Jones
    NAATPN/DHHS; Support for National African American Tobacco Prevention Network; $20,000

    DHHS-NIH-National Cancer Institute; Regional Symposia on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Cancer; $56,189

  • 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

  • Dorina Murgulet
    TGLO/NOAA; Evaluating Groundwater Inflow and Nutrient Transport to Texas Coastal Embayments; $85,686

  • Felix Omoruyi
    University of the West Indies; Research on Phytic Acid (IP6) Supplement in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes; $4,438

  • Deborah Overath
    Texas Parks & Wildlife Department/United States Fish and Wildlife Service; Reproductive Biology, Genetics and Ecology of South TX Ambrosia: Implications for the Management, Recovery and Introduction; $94,587

  • Jennifer Pollack
    National Fish & Wildlife Foundation; Oyster Reef Restoration: Improving fish habitat and water quality; $127,432

    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
    Rotary Club of Corpus Christi Harvey Weil Sportsman Conservationists Award Trust; Information for Conserving Essential Fish Habitat in Texas; $7,500

    United States Department of Agriculture; Intrusion of Black Mangrove and its Effects on Ecosystem Services; $50,000

  • Michael Wetz
    Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program; Baffin Bay Water Quality; $41,500

    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

  • 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

  • Carole Moody
    TEA; Career and Technical Education-Statewide Leadership Professional Development Grant; $228,175

    Texas Tech University; 2013-2014 CTE Professional Development Program; $40,858

  • 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
    DOC/NOAA; TORFQ: Annual and Emergency Maintenance of Water Level Stations on the Gulf Coast of Texas-Emergency; $8,000

    DOC/NOAA; TORFQ: Annual and Emergency Maintenance of Water Level Stations on the Gulf Coast of Texas-O&M; $35,847

    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

    Texas Water Development Board; TCOON; $55,000

  • Larry Lloyd
    NOAA/UTMSI; Systemwide Monitoring Telemetry Support-FY 2014; $10,000

    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

    CBBEP; Maintaining Monitoring Equipment In and Around the Nueces Delta to Observe Freshwater Inflows; $45,000

    City of Corpus Christi; Nueces River Water Quality Oso Creek Water Level and City of Corpus Christi Metereological Monitoring 2012-2013-Amendment 3; $93,381

    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

  • Philippe Tissot
    Texas General Land Office; Coastal Current Monitoring Network; $152,244

    Railroad Commission of Texas; Gamma Ray Analysis of Soil Samples; $4,050

  • Deidre Williams
    TGLO; Post-Storm Surveys; $350,754


Center for Coastal Studies

  • Aaron Baxter
    Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program; Diamondback Terrapin Study in Copano Bay; $12,500

  • Brien Nicolau
    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; CC Bay Beaches Public Outreach and I-Plan Support; $20,000

    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Oso Creek Bacteria TMDL Public Outreach; $40,000

    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Nueces Bay Zinc TMDL Effectiveness Monitoring; $55,000

    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Support for Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for Indicator Bacteria in Corpus Christi Bay Beaches; $65,000


  • 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 Science Center; Trophic Database Compilation for an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management in the Gulf of Mexico; $73,960

  • Kim Withers
    NAS-CC/DOD-COE; Surveys of Piping Plovers within Designated Critical Habitat Associated with NAS-CC; $153,184

    US Department of the Interior/Fish and Wildlife Services; Analysis of Benthic Samples of Macroinvertebrate at Coastal National Wildlife Refuges; $16,877


  • Paul Zimba
    Lake Superior University/National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation; Development of novel toxin detection methodologies applicable to marine and freshwater systems; $96,956

    Lake Superior University/National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation; Development of novel toxin detection methodologies applicable to marine and freshwater systems Year 2; $46,477

    Texas General Land Office; TGLO INtern 2014; $9,075

    Texas Parks & Wildlife Department; Food Web Effects on Black Drum in Baffin Bay; $61,855

    Ed Rachal Foundation; Oyster Reef/Concrete Project; $20,000

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


Center for Water Supply Studies

  • Richard Hay
    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Support for TMDLs for Indicator Bacteria in Oso Creek; $85,000


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
    IEC/NOAA; MARSH-20-Completing Analysis of Coastal Wetland Vegetation Injury; $212,442

    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

  • John Gold
    Texas Agrilife Research/Texas Park & Wildlife Department; Genotyping Work for Hatchery Broodfish; $9,172
    TAMRF/DOC-NOAA-NMFS-Washington; Stock Structure of Finetooth Shark; $3,752

    Texas Agrilife Research/DOC-NOAA-NMFS-Washington; Stock Structure, Connectivity, and Effective Population Size of Red Snapper; $207,120

    Texas Agrilife Research/DOC-NOAA-NMFS-Washington; Population Genetic and Demographic Studies of Three Deep-water Species; $158,821

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

    Texas Agrilife Research/DOC-NOAA-NMFS-Washington; Stock Structure of the Smooth Dogfish; $85,450

  • Larry McKinney
    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Gulf of Mexico: Physical Oceanography Observations; $22,000

    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Report on an Estimation of the Texas Coastal Waters Contribution to the Overall Productivity of the Gulf of Mexico for the Purposes of Restoration; $109,000

  • 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

    TAMRF/DOD Army COE; McMurdo Monitoring; $54,692

    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
    Aransas County; Determination of Seasonal Abundance and Density of Nekton Species In/near Cedar Bayou Pre-and Post-opening; $153,184

    Texas Parks & Wildlife Department; South Texas Artificial Reef Monitoring; $604,928

    CBBEP; Black Drum in Baffin Bay; $60,000

    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

  • Gail Sutton
    University of South Florida Research Foundation/The Walton Family Foundation; GulfBase Ocean Assets Portal; $10,000