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

Follow Me
Live Site Traffic

Research Position AnnouncementGraduate Study in Coastal Engineering – University of South Alabama

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of South Alabama is seeking to fill a funded Graduate Research Assistantship for a student interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree with a concentration in coastal engineering. Coastal engineering is the practice of civil engineering in the wave, tide, and sand transport environment near the coast. The initial appointment is for one year (1/2013 – 12/2013), and renewal will be contingent upon the availability of funds and demonstrated performance. The position stipend will be competitively funded with a stipend and tuition. The qualified applicant should have an earned B.S. degree in civil engineering (or related field) by 12/31/2012, have an interest in coastal hydrodynamics, and meet the admission standards of the Graduate School at USA. Applicants should send a brief statement of interest, resume, and a list of three references to Drs. Bret Webb and Scott Douglass via email: .



The successful candidate will be appointed to a Graduate Research Assistant position at the University of South Alabama (USA) in the Department of Civil Engineering and will be expected to pursue a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) in the specialty area of coastal engineering. The University of South Alabama is a public university in Mobile, Alabama and the campus is located 30 miles from the white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. The MSCE program at USA focuses on civil engineering in the coastal environment and department faculty research expertise includes the traditional areas of environmental, transportation, geotechnical and structural engineering as well as coastal engineering.



The research responsibilities of the student will be to assist in a two-year funded research project focused on characterizing littoral processes near a small tidal inlet in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The project requires multi-day travel to the field to perform surveys of beach profiles, ebb and flood tidal shoals, hydrography, and water quality. Additional project details will be made available at an appropriate time. The successful student candidate will:
1) Prepare for and assist with field experiments on the beach, in the surf, and in the nearshore and inshore tidal waters
2) Analyze bathymetric and hydrographic data
3) Prepare and perform simulations of inlet processes using coupled numerical models
4) Prepare data sets for distribution and archival
5) Perform research, using collected data, that supports project objectives
6) Travel to and present at an appropriate conference (domestic travel only)


Candidates with swimming, surfing, small-boat operation and/or scuba diving abilities will be preferred because of the nature of the fieldwork.


Interested applicants can learn more about our University and Department using the following links:


One of our Civil Engineering faculty members, Dr. Andy Whelton, has prepared a very nice overview answering the common questions of “how” and “why” to apply to graduate school at USA. Please click here to view the post.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.