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$400,000 for coastal studies

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CORPUS CHRISTI -

A group of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi professors have received nearly $400,000 dollars for studies on coastal issues.  Dr. Jennifer Pollack, Dr. Xinping Hu, Dr. Michael Wetz and Dr. Dorina Murgulet received grants ranging from $52,000 to $99,000 to be used over the next two years.

Pollack, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology, is set to receive $99,169 to provide funds for the Shell Bank, an oyster recycling, habitat selection and outreach program for the Texas Coastal Bend. The Shell Bank collects shells from local restaurants and places them in the water to create an oyster reef that will help restore the health of the Gulf.

Hu,  an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was approved for $98,206 for a project to study how groundwater contributes to water quality in Copano Bay.

Dr. Murgulet, an Assistant Professor of Geology, will work on the groundwater component of this project. She will look at whether concentrated levels of nutrients in groundwater are one of the causes of harmful algal blooms like red tide.long-term water quality trends of water quality changes in Texas estuaries.

And Dr. Wetz, an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology, will receive a $52,000 grant to study changes in the water quality of south Texas bays over the past several decades.

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