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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My research is focused on resilience within the coastal environment. Within this broad topic I am performing research on the impacts of natural hazards to the built environment as well as natural and nature-based strategies for reducing those impacts to the natural (e.g., shorelines) and built environments. My current research projects include:

  • Modeling the Impacts of Coastal Hazards on the Built Environment (funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology)
  • Evaluating the Capacity of Natural and Nature-Based Features to Reduce Coastal Storm Hazards (funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
  • Green Infrastructure Techniques for Coastal Highway Resilience (pending with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration)
  • Monitoring the Ebb/Flood Shoal Volumes of Little Lagoon (funded by Alabama Department of Transportation)