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 and/or doctoral level. 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. Contact me for more details.

Current Research Assistants

SE Students
Garland Pennison


MSCE Students
Kelsey Carpenter
Sean McQuagge
Elizabeth Winter
Jackie Wittmann


Undergraduate Students
Evan Mazur
Ian Cox
Morgan Lassitter

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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Wave gauge installed on a house at Dauphin Island, AL.

As part of an ongoing storm surge and wave monitoring project for Dauphin Island, Alabama, we recently deployed 5 surge/wave gauges and an atmospheric pressure gauge to record the effects of Hurricane Isaac as it passes south of our study area. The gauges were deployed early Monday morning (8/27/2012) with the help of USA CE graduate students Richard Allen and Chris Marr. A special thanks to LaDon Swann, Director of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, who is responsible for funding this ongoing project, for his help in the field installing the gauge shown at right. It’s not every day that your funding sponsor shows up in the field, before sunrise, to help you conduct your research!


Additional surge gauges are being deployed in the area by the USGS. When combined, all of the gauges should provide a very detailed record of water levels across the north-central gulf coast during Hurricane Isaac. If there is enough surge over Dauphin Island during the storm, we should also be able to generate a good record of wave characteristics across the island. Check back often for updates using the tag “Dauphin Island”… we should be retrieving the gauges later this week.



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