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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Check out this month’s edition of the Journal of Ocean Technology for an article about the Jag Ski. This is the first comprehensive peer-reviewed publication detailing the components and capabilities of the South Alabama Jag Ski research platform. The article provides an overview of the equipment and instrumentation, a justification for its use, and representative results from field deployments, which showcase the capabilities and utility of specific instrument packages. You can download the article free of charge from the JOT web site… just follow the link above or click on the image at right for a jump to the current issue. A recommended citation is provided below.


  • Webb, B. M. A personal watercraft-based system for coastal ocean mapping. Journal of Ocean Technology7(2), 47 – 68.



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