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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Our new wave-current flume was unloaded (in many, many well-packed pieces) from its two 40-ft freight containers today. The amazing USA staff and moving subcontractors, orchestrated by Mr. Paul Read from Armfield, managed to completely unpack both containers and get everything into our new lab space. You cannot fathom the enormity of those tasks and to see it all happen as smoothly as it did was unexpected. The day concluded with about 15 very strong guys manhandling one ton of tank and steel frame… a very tricky task indeed.


The enclosed photograph shows the floor frames laid out and aligned to accept the floor panels and section frames. You can see the 1700-lb discharge tank at the end of the room… in the inverted position by which it was brought into the room (the only way it would fit). This is the tank that was completely rolled over and set on its steel floor frame. ¬†Many of the floor panels can be seen stacked to the right side of the floor frames.


I will be posting updates and photos each day until it is complete. Stay tuned!

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