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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Jag Ski at Little Lagoon 2Our two-year monitoring project with ALDOT got off to a great start on April 12/13 at Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores, AL. The purpose of the project is to monitor and evaluate impacts of proposed modifications to Lagoon Pass on the adjacent beaches. The HWY 182 bridge is being replaced, the channel widened, and the north/south pass jetties extended into the Gulf. Monitoring includes hydrographic surveys of cross-shore beach profiles (i.e. transects), the flood and ebb tidal shoal volumes, and channel depths. Traditional land-based surveys of the dry beach, as well as some areas of the flood shoal too shallow to survey by boat, are also performed along the same transects as those performed by the South Alabama Jag Ski (photo at right) on the water.


Despite some technical difficulties with our GPS equipment, likely due to the passage of a severe storm days before, we were able to complete most of our survey plan. Our survey team, consisting of Drs. Scott Douglass and Bret Webb, Richard Allen, Drew Harrison, Kari Servold, and Tim Wicker, collected over 24,000 elevation measurements while spending over 20 hours in the field over the two-day period in early April. A failed calibration of some instrumentation prevented a water quality survey of the lagoon during our trip, but the Jag Ski will be headed back to the lagoon to complete that mission in the coming weeks. A special thanks to Clay McCoy for helping us in the field on Saturday morning.



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