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Sergey Reid

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Sergey Reid

Protecting the Coast

As a student working at the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science, Sergey Reid has acquired a vast amount of knowledge about coastal and oceanic processes and the application of Geographic Information Systems.  He has also learned a lot about himself.

“If it wasn’t for the Conrad Blucher Institute’s GIS program and all the opportunities they have opened for me, I would be at a loss about what to do with my career,” said Reid. “Thanks to my internships, I have realized that I want to focus on sustainability, specifically resource management.”

Reid, a senior in the GIS program, assists Dr. Philippe Tissot on various projects. Currently, they are implementing a coastal hydrodynamic model to predict water levels and currents for the Coastal Bend region which can assist in maritime navigation. The project also involves developing a Web-based user interface.

Last summer, Reid was a GIS intern for the Texas General Land Office where he analyzed the damage inflicted on the dunes by hurricanes Rita and Ike in Jefferson County. The assessment identified critical areas for future restoration. 

Reid has received numerous scholarship awards including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Scholarship. As part of the program, he participated at a NOAA internship during summer 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he conducted land cover analysis in Oahu, and created a Google Maps-based user interface.

He received first place at the 2010 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Undergraduate Research Symposium for his entry that compared two hydrodynamic models using oceanic and atmospheric data for Corpus Christi Bay. In January, 2011, he gave an updated version of the presentation at the American Meteorological Society Meeting in Seattle, Wash.
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