Bret M. Webb, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE
University of South Alabama
150 Jaguar Drive, SH3142
Mobile, AL 36688 USA
Phone: (251) 460-6174
Fax: (251) 461-1400

Research Positions

Currently seeking multiple graduate students to fill positions at the MS, PhD, and Postdoc levels. Research topics include: living shorelines, beach and tidal inlet dynamics, barrier island response to extreme events, groundwater impacts to coastal lagoons, and infrastructure resilience. Research assistantships are available. Click here for more information.

Current Research Assistants

PhD Students
Garland Pennison


MS Students
Kelsey Carpenter
Sean McQuagge
Elizabeth Winter
Jackie Wittmann


Undergraduate Students
Ian Cox

Former Students

MSCE Students
Patrick Hautau (2018)
Marshall Hayden (2018)
Kate Haynes (2018)
Justin Lowlavar (2017)
Bryan Groza (2016)
Kari Servold (2015)
Chris Marr (2013)
Richard Allen (2013)
Miyuki Matthews (2012)


Post Docs
Jon Risinger
Jungwoo Lee

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The Environmental Monitor, an online newsletter hosted by Fondriest Environmental, put together a short news brief about the South Alabama Jag Ski back in August 2012 (and I’m just now getting around to writing about it). The writer, Austen Verrilli, did a nice job highlighting the capabilities of the Jag Ski, particularly those related to environmental monitoring. You can access the article by clicking on the image at right, or by {clicking here}.


If you haven’t checked out the product line and service capabilities of Fondriest Environmental, or followed their online news feed, I encourage you to do so. We purchase some of our calibration standards from Fondriest Environmental and have had nothing but good service from them.

USA MSCE student Richard Allen (left) receives the 2011 ASBPA Student Educational Award from Brad Pickel in New Orleans.

Congratulations to University of South Alabama Civil Engineering graduate student Richard Allen on receiving the 2012 Nicholas Kraus Coastal Scholar Award from the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association.


The Nicholas Kraus Coastal Scholar Award is given annually to a graduate student who aspires to advance his or her knowledge and experience of coastal or riverine science through an internship with ASBPA. The winner will become the dedicated staff member for the ASBPA’s Science and Technology Committee. The Coastal Scholar will work hand-in-hand with practicing coastal experts to develop technical position papers with the Committee; and serve as the liaison for ASBPA with other graduate students in coastal and riverine sciences. The Coastal Scholar will work from their home institution and will participate with the ASBPA via conference calls and email. In addition to the experience of working with coastal experts. Richard will attend the 2012 ASBPA National Conference in San Diego to receive the award in October. Way to go, Richard!



There are two types of SWAG in science and engineering. One is what you make when you lack theoretical basis (i.e., the Scientific Wild @$$ Guess). The other is what you pickup from vendors at trade shows and conferences! Thanks to the good people at SonTek and Turner Designs for their recent contributions to my growing swag collection!



The August 2012 issue of Sea Technology Magazine has a nice story about the South Alabama Jag Ski. This article developed out of an application note that the lead author, Steve Werblow, put together for SonTek (a Xylem brand) a while back. You can catch the earlier post {here}. Click on the cover image at right to access the article. Thanks to Steve Werblow, SonTek (Chris Iarossi), and Meghan Ventura at Sea Technology for your hard work and support.



Folks, we have hit an all time record for site traffic one-half of the way through 2012! From January 1 through June 30 of this year 413 new people have visited this site, and 89 previous visitors have returned, combining for 502 unique visits in about 180 days. The total number of page loads during this time was 844! That’s a lot of people reading about coastal engineering at the University of South Alabama. Click on the image at right for a history of site traffic during this period.


While I’ve maintained a web site for a number of years, this blog-style format has only been live since March 26, 2010. To date, the site has had 4993 page loads, and 2471 unique visitors. Please keep coming back for more, and be sure to follow me using LinkedIn, Twitter, or the RSS feed for this site (icons/links at left). There’s about to be a lot of new information posted to the site, along with significant content updates. We’ve been very busy here!