Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Greg Stunz

An Outstanding Islander

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Reeling in Research Funds
In seven years, Dr. Greg Stunz has secured nearly $6 million in research grants which center on understanding the relative value of habitat for aquatic organisms and ocean and human health. Stunz, a former research fishery ecologist for the U.S. Department of Commerce, came to the Island University in 2002. The Harte Research Institute's endowed associate research professor and associate professor of marine biology is coordinator for the University's new Marine Biology Program. The Texas native and first-generation college student says family fishing trips helped him develop a career interest in marine biology with an emphasis in fisheries and marine ecology. His current research projects include testing hypotheses on red snapper survival and stock and recruitment patterns, shark population dynamics on Padre Island National Seashore, and stock structure assessment of spotted seatrout along the Texas coast. Stunz is a mentor for many programs including the McNair Scholars Program and the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (SURF/BUENO). In 2008, he received the 2008 Coastal Bend Bays Foundation's Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Award in Higher Education. He is also active in a dozen University committees and has written numerous articles with students that have been published in national and international journals.

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