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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Two papers were recently accepted for presentation and publication at the 2011 ASCE COPRI Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice.  One of the papers presents a critical analysis of strategies and efforts applied to combating the effects of the gulf oil spill in coastal Alabama.

The second paper presents findings related to the wave attenuation of bagged oyster shell when used as a breakwater material. Click on either one of the images at right to download a PDF of the extended abstract.  Check back in May for a copy of the full proceedings paper.



  • Webb, B. M., Douglass, S. L., Dixon, C. R. 2011. Application of coastal engineering principles in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster: lessons learned in coastal Alabama. Proceedings of the Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice, ASCE, Reston, VA (accepted).
  • Allen, R., Webb, B. M. 2011. Determination of wave transmission coefficients for oyster shell bag breakwaters. Proceedings of the Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice, ASCE, Reston, VA (accepted).

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