Dissertations Completed at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

2015

Sempier, Stephen Hiller
Spatial, temporal and demographical analysis of Gulf of Mexico research priorities, the effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ph.D. Dissertation, Major Professor: Jeffrey M. Lotz.

2014

Bardon Albaret, Agn├Ęs
Characterization of the early development and quality of Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) eggs and larvae in aquaculture conditions. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Eric A. Saillant.

Pulis, Eric E.
Revision of 13 genera of Haploporidae (Trematoda). Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Robin M. Overstreet.

Andres, Michael J.
Clarification of the systematics of the Haploporoidea (Trematoda) with descriptions of new genera and species. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Robin M. Overstreet.

2013

Lowe, Michael Robert
Community metrics and trophic dynamics in tidal creeks in an anthropogenically fragmented, coastal landscape. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Mark S. Peterson.

Hendon, John Read
Habitat characterization, habitat use, and associated growth of juvenile Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) in a Mississippi bay system: Implications for stock enhancement practices. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Chet F. Rakocinski (Research Director: Bruce H. Comyns).

2012

Walker, Allison Kathleen
Marine fungi of U. S. Gulf of Mexico barrier island beaches: Biodiversity and
sampling strategy. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Darrell J. Grimes.

Ray, Andrew James
Management of biological and chemical constituents for the advancement of
intensive, minimal-exchange, biofloc-based shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)
aquaculture. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Jeffrey M. Lotz.

Noriea, Nicholas Felix
Genetic variation in potentially virulent Vibrio parahaemolyticus from the northern Gulf of Mexico. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Darrell J. Grimes.

Karels, Arthur Alan
Effects of hypoxia and 4-tert-octylphenol on gene expression profiles of the Sheepshead Minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus). Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Robert J. Griffitt.

2010

Drumm, David Thomas 
Systematic revision of the Kalliapseudidae (Crustacea : Peracarida : Tanaidacea) and the population genetic structure and phylogeography of a species along the southeastern and gulf coasts of North America. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Richard W. Heard.

White, Kristine Nicolle Klebba
Development of representative species-level molecular markers and morphological character analysis of leucothoid amphipods (Crustacea : Amphipoda). Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Richard W. Heard.

2009

Holiday, Dan Martin
Remote sensing of harmful algal blooms in the Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay: Modelling and algorithm formation. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: William E. Hawkins (Research Director: Gregory A. Carter).

Li, Shuzhao
Bridging functional genomics and toxicogenomics through DNA microarrays in a fish model. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Marius Brouwer.

Masson, Ignacio
Experimental population dynamics of Amyloodinium ocellatum in the Spotted Seatrout Cynoscion nebulosus and the Red Snapper Lutjanus campechanus. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Jeffrey M. Lotz (Research Director: Reg Blaylock).

Sanchez Rubio, Guillermo H. 
Oceanic-atmospheric modes of variability and the effect on river flow and blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) abundance in the northcentral Gulf of Mexico. Ph.D. Dissertation, Biological Sciences. Major Professor: Patricia Biesiot (Research Director: Harriet Perry).

Sharp, Natasha 
Bacterial cell wall components affect hemocyte composition and gene expression in Callinectes sapidus: An insight into effectors of immune function. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Marius Brouwer.

2008

Foster, John Milton 
Review of Polycheria, a symbiotic group of amphipods: ecology, distribution, and taxonomy. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Richard W. Heard.

Li, Tiandao
Gene expression profiles as molecular indicators of dissolved oxygen stress in grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio Holthuis 1949. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Marius Brouwer.

Lucas, Kelly Lynn
Evaluating vascular plant composition and species richness on Horn Island, Mississippi, using passive and active remote sensing in conjunction with ground based measurements. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: William E. Hawkins (Research Director: Gregory A. Carter).

Ma, Hongwei 
Yellow head virus (YHV): transmission and genome analysis. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Robin M. Overstreet.

McLelland, Jerry 
A systematic and taxonomic review of the family Pseudotanaidae (Crustacea: Peracardia: Tanaidacea) based primarily on morphometric cladistic analysis. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Richard W. Heard.

2007

Bullard, Jr., Stephen Ashton 
Ecology and evolution of fish blood flukes (Digenea: Aporocotylidae. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Robin M. Overstreet.

Cook, Melissa 
Population dynamics, structure and per-recruit analyses of Yellowedge Grouper, Epinephelus flavolimbatus, from the northern Gulf of Mexico. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Bruce H. Comyns.

2006

Curran, Stephen Socrates 
Taxonomy and systematics of some freshwater and coastal trematodes from fishes on the Atlantic rim. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Robin M. Overstreet.

Lemus, Jason Thomas 
The effect of copepod density on cannibalism, survival, development rate and egg production and the implications for population growth rate and demographic of Acartia tonsa Dana. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Jeffrey M. Lotz.

Vincent, Amanda Grey
Experimental infection of necrotizing hepatopancreatitis bacterium (NHPB) in Kona stock Litopenaeus vannamei (Pacific white shrimp). Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Jeffrey M. Lotz.

2005

Kuhl, Adam 
The effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on sex differentiation in Japanese Medaka (Oryzias latipes) and the role of brain aromatase. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Marius Brouwer.

McCall, Robin Karlheinz
The importance of seagrass epiphytes in Big Lagoon, Florida, with emphasis on the diatoms (Bacillariophyceae). Ph.D. Dissertation, Marine Science. Major Professor: Stephen Lohrenz (Research Director: Cynthia A. Moncreiff).

2004

Drury, Donna Marie 
Effects of grass shrimp (Palaemonetes spp.) density manipulations and nutrient enrichment on widgeongrass (Ruppia maritima) condition, epiphyte load, and epiphyte functional groups. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Chet F. Rakocinski.

2001

Blend, Charles Kenneth 
Life history information on some strigeoids parasitizing pond-raised catfish: A synergism of morphology and molecules. Ph.D. Dissertation, Biological Sciences. Major Professor: Robin M. Overstreet.

Fulling, Gregory L. 
Plankton patchiness and the associated distribution and growth of larval anchovies: An estuarine landscape perspective. Ph.D. Dissertation, Biological Sciences. Major Professor: Mark S. Peterson.

Geter, David Roy
Detoxification and mutagenic response in medaka (Oryzias latipes) exposed to MX, a drinking water carcinogen. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: William E. Hawkins.

Soto, M. Andres 
Epidemiology of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and Taura syndrome virus (TSV) in some penaeid shrimps. Ph.D. Dissertation. Major Professor: Jeffery M. Lotz.