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
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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The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, a member agency of the NOAA Sea Grant program, has awarded funding to investigate the process of wave transformation across a barrier island during an overtopping (storm surge) event.  Since Dauphin Island, Alabama is prone to such events (6 times in the past year, 16 times in the past 15 years due to named storms), and a short drive from campus, it will serve as our test site.

A number of wave gauges will be installed along a north-south oriented transect across the island in advance of a storm to measure water levels and wave characteristics during the overtopping event.  A collocated  weather station will provide necessary atmospheric data (pressure, wind speed, wind direction).  These data will be used to improve wave forecasting during storm surge events, and when combined with building damage surveys, could lead to better guidance on appropriate “lowest structural member” elevations and construction methodologies for structures in high hazard flood plains.

This project is a collaboration with Dr. Andrew Kennedy at the University of Notre Dame, and Spencer Rogers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and North Carolina Sea Grant.  Uriah Gravois (University of Florida) is also providing support.  More information will be posted under the {Research} tab in the coming weeks.

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