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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McCoy UCUR 2013 Poster post image


Congratulations to Clay McCoy on his successful presentation of research results at the University of South Alabama Undergraduate Research Symposium. Clay participated in the UCUR research program during Summer 2013. For his research topic Clay chose to develop a conceptual sediment budget for Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Using annual monitoring data provided by the City of Gulf Shores, Clay was able to estimate volume changes in the beach profiles east and west of the pass.


Clay’s work will be extended in the future to develop a more comprehensive sediment budget for the pass. The final sediment budget will account for not only volume changes in the beach profiles, but also changes in shoreline position, engineering activities (e.g., dredge and fill), wave-driven longshore and cross-shore sand transport, as well as sea level rise. Click on the image at right for a reduced-scale version of Clay’s research poster.



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