Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. R. Deborah Overath

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As a population geneticist, Dr. R. Deborah Overath is an expert in threatened, exploited and invasive plant and marine species. A variety of grants keep the assistant professor of biology engaged in research with topics that include the population genetic structure of spotted seatrout, eastern oysters, deepsea shrimp, hard clams, and South Texas ambrosia, a local threatened plant. Her awards include the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science's 2008 Distinguished Undergraduate Institution Mentor. On campus, Overath mentors students in the LSAMP and BUENO undergraduate research programs and teaches genetics. She's a founding board member of the Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council and chair of the Plant Population Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America. In her free time, she enjoys many kinds of needlework thanks to her grandmother who taught her the art of embroidery at age 6.

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