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 visitor from Armfield’s UK office has been making fantastic progress on the construction of our new wave-current flume. Preferring to work in solitude, Paul has developed an outstanding method for lifting and positioning these very heavy flume sections using two hydraulic pallet jacks and timber cribbing.


The photo in this post (click to enlarge) actually shows progress as of Wednesday evening. You are looking at two fully assembled bed sections married to the discharge tank at the end of the flume assembly. Paul is working his way upstream, so to speak, one bed section and floor frame at a time. Assuming his progress continues at this brisk pace, we should have glass going in next week.


Stay tuned for more details…

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