Tina currently serves as Chair of Discovery Hall Programs for Education and Outreach. She has been associated with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for more than 20 years in varying capacities including Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University Programs Summer Programs Instructor, REU Mentor, University Programs Liaison Officer, and Northern Gulf Institute Fellow.
Prior to her recent return to DISL, she taught at the University of Mobile for 10 years. She holds a PhD from Louisiana State University and a MS in Oceanography from Oregon State University.
Tina also currently serves as Education Director for Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Co-PI for the Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience and is a Facilitator for NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Program.
Tina’s research interests include faunal mediation of benthic processes, particularly in soft sediments. She is also interested in science education at all levels of study and is a proponent of experiential learning. Recently, Tina has incorporated issues of climate change in her work.
Tina has received grants from NSF, NOAA, NOAA-BWET, Legacy, GOMA, EPA, NGI and GoMRI. She currently serves on Alabama’s State Department of Education’s Strategic Planning Committee for Science.