2017 TBEM Distinguished Speakers

Lisa Campbell, Professor and William R. Bryant Chair in the Department of Oceanography, with a joint appointment in Biology at Texas A&M University

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Dr. Lisa Campbell is a Professor and William R. Bryant Chair in the Department of Oceanography, with a joint appointment in Biology at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on phytoplankton ecology. She has conducted field work in all oceans, but her current research centers on harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico where she has deployed the Imaging FlowCytobot to obtain a high temporal resolution phytoplankton time-series. This continuous, autonomous system has successfully provided early warning of potential toxic blooms eight times since 2007.

Dr. Campbell received her M.S. in Marine Environmental Science and Ph.D. in Oceanography from Stony Brook University, NY.  Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1996, she held Research Scientist positions at University of Hawaii (1987-1996), Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine (1986-1988) and the Oceanic Institute (1985-1986). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography and has published over 90 peer-reviewed publications and 8 book chapters.

Wes Tunnell, Endowed Chair of Biodiversity and Conservation Science at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and Professor Emeritus, Regents Professor, and Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Life Sciences, College of Science and Engineering,  Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
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Wes Tunnell is Endowed Chair of Biodiversity and Conservation Science at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and Professor Emeritus, Regents Professor, and Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Life Sciences, College of Science and Engineering,  Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC).  He earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University (1974) in Biology.

Dr. Tunnell began his career at TAMUCC in 1974, where his teaching and research broadly focused on marine biology and ecology.  His primary research interests lie in coral reef ecology in Mexico, mollusks (seashells) of Texas and Mexico, oil spill impacts in the marine environment, and most recently, biodiversity of the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Tunnell advised numerous MS and Ph.D. students during his career, published over 150 papers, book chapters, and technical reports, as well as 7 books, and he is currently the editor of two book series for Texas A&M University Press.  He has also received numerous honors and awards, including:  Fellow Texas Academy of Sciences (1981); Fulbright Scholar Award to Mexico (1985-86); Regent’s Professor (1998); Alumni Distinguished Professor Award (2003); Gulf Guardian Award (2006 and 2008); Fellow National in the Explorer’s Club (2007); TAMU-CC Excellence in Scholarly Activity Award (2007), Harvey Weil Professional Conservationist of the Year Award (2011); Harte’s Hero Award in 2013;  and, Professor Emeritus in 2015. In 2015, an underwater feature in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico was names after him (Tunnell Mound), and in 2016, a fellowship was established in his name in perpetuity (Dr. Wes Tunnell Gulf of Mexico Fellowship Program).

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