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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A heartfelt thank you goes out to Captain Hayden Abel of Texas, formerly of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, who was kind enough to let us know that he had found one of our drifters washed ashore near Port Aransas, Texas. Capt. Abel, as it turns out, had to do quite a bit of investigative work to track us down by email. I guess numbers stenciled with spray paint are no match for the sea, sun, and sand that this drifter encountered during its journey. Although I cannot be sure which drifter was found, I do know that it was part of the October 2011 release (it is likely to be DISL 019).


I can only assume this drifter was trying to make it to South Padre Island in time for Spring Break… so close little buddy… so close.

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