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
Sean McQuagge
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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A couple of months ago I {posted} an announcement about a conference abstract that Dr. Whelton and I submitted for the ASCE-EWRI Hydraulic Measurement & Experimental Methods conference. The abstract was selected for presentation at the August 2012 conference to be held in Snowbird, Utah. An advance copy of the proceedings paper can be downloaded {here} or by clicking on the image at right. A suggested citation is provided below.


The HMEM conference paper, Near-synoptic Measurements of Surface Water Characteristics in a Reservoir using a Personal Watercraft-based Mapping System, briefly describes some results of our four-week field experiment conducted at Big Creek Lake in October 2011 as part of our inaugural Field Analysis and Sampling Techniques in Civil Engineering (FAST CE). More specifically, the paper provides a statistical analysis of surface water characteristics collected using the Jag Ski’s Portable SeaKeeper system. We hope to expand on this study soon by mapping the entire reservoir and use statistical analysis to segment the system into regions having unique surface water characteristics.


  • Webb, B.M., Whelton, A.J. 2012. Near-synoptic measurements of surface water characteristics in a reservoir using a personal watercraft-based mapping system. In: Proceedings of the Hydraulic Measurement and Experimental Methods Conference, ASCE, Reston, VA.


The Second Annual South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning (CoTL) was held May 14-15 on the campus of The University of South Alabama. This two-day conference provided a great opportunity to discuss, in greater detail, how we teach college students.


Dr. Andy Whelton (my good friend and colleague) and I provided a presentation in Session IV: Leadership & Mentoring about our experience co-teaching the inaugural Field Analysis and Sampling Techniques in Civil Engineering (FAST CE) in Fall 2011. Click on the image at right for a PDF copy of the presentation slides (less my witty commentary), and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments about our course, the outcomes, or our lessons learned.

For those of you that attended and participated in this week’s ILC workshop on the design of effective instruction, thank you. I enjoyed meeting some new faces from around campus and appreciated your comments and questions.


If you would like copies of the presentation slides and handouts, you can download them using the links below. Please feel free to {contact me} if you have any questions.

If you missed my presentation at the P&T meeting today, but want to see the presentation and obtain a copy of the handouts, you can find them here (7.6 MB).