The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences College of Sciences

David Hicks

Dr. Hicks sailing off South Padre Island (selfie)

Professor
Director of the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences
Joint appointment: Department of Biology
 
BLHSB 2.816A
(956) 882-5055
Brownsville
david.hicks@utrgv.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

1989 B.S. Marine Biology, Texas A&M University-Galveston
1993 M.S. Biology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Thesis Title: Effects of the December 1989 Freeze on Seagrasses and Associated Bivalve Mollusca in Laguna Madre (J.W. Tunnell, Jr., Thesis Supervisor
1999 Ph.D. Quantitative Biology, The University of Texas at Arlington
Dissertation Title: The Environmental Physiology of the Nonindigenous Marine Mussel, Perna perna (Linnaeus 1758) in the Western Gulf of Mexico (R.F. McMahon, Dissertation Supervisor)

Areas of Interest

Ecology of GOM Natural and Artificial Reefs
Marine Invertebrate Biology and Physiology
Physiological Ecology/Ecology/Environmental Biology
Population Bioenergetics/Life History Strategies
Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis
Biology and Control of Macrofouling Invertebrates
Invasive Species

Research Overview

Marine / Estuarine Ecologist and Quantitative Biologist. Dr. Hicks specializes in the biology, ecology, physiological ecology and environmental biology of estuarine and marine invertebrates, particularly mollusks and corals. Additionally, he has expertise in experimental design and analyses of biological data. Current research projects range from the restoration of Bahia Grande in the lower Rio Grande Valley, to evaluation of beach management practices on South Padre Island, to monitoring invertebrate and fish community dynamics on natural and artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. He is the Director of the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences which offers undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and Marine Biology.

Recent Publications

  • Cooksey, M., and D.W. Hicks. in press. Characterization of a South Texas mesophotic reef epibenthic community. Proceedings of the 68th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, November 9 - 13, 2015, Panama City, Panama.
  • Jordan, L., D. Hicks, R. Kline, and M. Cooksey. in press. Mesophotic reef fish communities of two South Texas relic coral-algal banks: North Hospital and Hospital. Proceedings of the 68th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, November 9 - 13, 2015, Panama City, Panama.
  • Hicks, D., C.E. Cintra-Buenrostro, R. Kline, D. Shively, and B. Shipley. in press. Artificial Reef Fish Survey Methods: Counts vs. Log-Categories Yield Different Diversity Estimates. Proceedings of the 68th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, November 9 - 13, 2015, Panama City, Panama.
  • Lerma, L., and D.W. Hicks. 2015. The Effects of a Red Tide, Karenia brevis Episode on the Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities of South Padre Island, Texas. Shore and Beach (83) 4: 1-7.
  • Hicks, D.W., L. Lerma, J. Le, T.C. Shirley, J.W. Tunnell, R. Rodriguez and A. Garcia. 2014. Assessing fish communities of six remnant coralgal reefs off the South Texas coast. Proceedings of the 66th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, November 4 - 8, 2013, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Pp: 244-254.

Courses

Invertebrate Biology
Coral Reef Ecology
Coastal Ecology
Biostatistics
Marine Zoology
Statistical Ecology
Bioenergetics

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