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 an MSCE student to perform research on groundwater impacts to coastal lagoons. A research assistantship is available. Contact me for more details.

Current Research Assistants

SE Students
Garland Pennison


MSCE Students
Patrick Hautau
Marshall Hayden
Jackie Wittmann


Undergraduate Students
Derek Kelly

Former Students

MSCE Students
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)