First Place!

Miranda White (CCME II scholar at Texas A&M Corpus Christi) received first place for the best student oral presentation at the American Meteorological Society meeting. She was also featured in a local TV story for her work on artificial intelligence for marine science.

Meet Ocean Explorer Jose Cisneros

November 14, 2023
The Ocean Exploration Trust proudly welcomed NOAA EPP/MSI CCME-II Scholar and UTRGV graduate student Jose Cisneros to the Corps of Exploration as part of the Science & Engineering Internship Program. This internship program supports community college, undergraduate, and graduate students in building professional workforce experience and exploring STEM-related careers that connect to research themes like robotics, ocean science, education, and exploration. Jose is joining E/V Nautilus for our NA157 expedition as a seafloor mapping intern. Read the Nautilus Live Blog Post about Jose.

Taking a Passion for Healthy Oceans to an Invaluable Internship Experience

November 7, 2023
During Fall of 2023, CCME-II Scholar and University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) graduate student Geaceli "G" Orive participated in the NOAA Experiential Research and Training Opportunities (NERTO). Geaceli is interested in place-based conservation, a topic that enhances the scientific understanding of human interactions with the coastal environment. Geaceli interned at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SFSC) in Pascagoula, Mississippi, which is a branch of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Her project involved analyzing the changes in Sargassum habitat community structure from offshore to inshore areas in the northern Gulf of Mexico (east to west). Read more about Geaceli's adventures on our Scholars Blog.

Scholars Blog

CCME-II Scholar is working to increase public use of NOAA's red tide forecasts

October 12, 2023
NOAA EPP/MSI CCME-II Scholar and FAMU PhD candidate was recently featured in an article written by Mark Parker of The St. Pete Catlyst. The article focused on how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is working to discern the effectiveness of its red tide forecasting tool, particularly among underserved communities. In addition to the potential for her research to improve the efficacy of scientific tools such as the HABF as public information tools, FAMU PhD candidate Ashley Lacey shared her views on the importance of being someone that young people from underrepresented communities can see as they start to consider career opportunities. READ THE ARTICLE

CCME-II Scholars Train Aboard the RV Weatherbird II

July 18, 2023
FIO deployed the R/V Weatherbird II with NOAA CCME-II scholars onboard to conduct field sampling as part of the 2023 CCME-II Center-Wide Core Competence Training.



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Professor Schulterbrandt Gragg

Professor Schulterbrandt Gragg conducts research and community engagement in the areas of environmental justice, health disparities, sustainable community development, the food-energy-water nexus, policy, and workforce development in STEM fields. At the Florida A&M University [FAMU] School of the Environment, he teaches courses such as fundamentals of environmental science, environmental justice, environmental toxicology and human health, environmental ethics and supervised research.

His work reflects 30 years of leadership and expertise analyzing complex issues, devising solutions, and bridging differences between diverse stakeholders. He currently serves as President of the National Technical Association and Co-Chair of the HBCU Geosciences Working Group. He is also the principal consultant at the Public Private Partnership for Sustainable Community Development. Dr. Schulterbrandt Gragg collaboratively reaches across disciplines and sectors to foster participatory action and solutions. He is skilled in aligning resources with shifting priorities, and enriching effectiveness in the preparation of place-based environmental change agents. Dr. Schulterbrandt Gragg holds the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and the M.S. in Pharmacology from Florida A&M University; and the B.S. in Biochemistry from SUNY Binghamton University.

CCME-II Core Staff

Dr. Larry Robinson Dr. Larry Robinson
Principal Investigator
Center Director Dr. Michael Abazinge
Center Director Dr. Richard Long
Center Director
Deputy Director Dr. Viniece Jennings
Deputy Director
Distinguished Research Scientist Dr. Steve Morey
Distinguished Research Scientist
Education Expert Dr. Bernadette Kelley
Education Expert
Administrative Coordinator Sherry Wells
Administrative Coordinator

CCME Latest Publications


Olvera-Prado, E. R., Morey, S. L.  ** , & Chassignet, E. P. (2024). Contribution of the wind and Loop Current eddies to the circulation in the western Gulf of Mexico. Frontiers in Marine Science11, 1185849.

Neffinger, A. J., Breaux, N. J., Margo, A. D., Palmer, T. A., Trackenberg, S. N., & Pollack, J. B.  **  (2024). Developing a bioassessment framework to inform tidal stream management along a hydrologically variable coastEcological Indicators160, 111804.

Rosa Marín, A.,* Hallock, P., & Martínez-Colón, M.** (2024). Benthic Foraminiferal Dynamics in Reef-Associated Sediments of Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico: 2018–2019Journal of Foraminiferal Research54(2), 95-106.

Roozee, E., Kim, D., Sohns, A., de Vries, J.R., Temby, O.F., and Hickey, G.M. (2024). Managing inter-organizational trust and risk perceptions in transboundary fisheries governance networks, Marine Policy, 159, 105927. 

Camarillo Jr., D., Mogus Garcia, E., and Cintra-Buenrostro, CE. (2023). Biodiversity of forage fishes in the Lower Laguna Madre, southernmost TexasMarine and Fishery Sciences, 36 (2): 149-163 (2023)

Cho, H. J., & Reiter, M. (2023). The trails, roads, paths, and waterways of the Halifax River Urban Watershed: Drivers and reflections of a changing landscape. The Florida Geographer, 54((54)), Article (54).

Fadare, O.O., Martin, L., Lascelles, N., Myers, J.T., Kaiser, K., Xu, W. and Conkle, J.L. (2023), Binary solvent extraction of microplastics from a complex environmental matrix. Limnol Oceanogr Methods.

Fitzsimmons-Doolan S and Beseres Pollack J (2023) Shifting linguistic patterns in oyster restoration news articles surrounding the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Front. Conserv. Sci. 4:1113844.

Bollinger, M., Macartney, K. J., Easton, E. E., & Hicks, D. (2022). Islands in the mud: The South Texas banks provide crucial mesophotic habitat for coral communities. Frontiers in Marine Science.
Saccomanno, V. R., Bell, T., Pawlak, C., Stanley, C. K., Cavanaugh, K. C., Hohman, R., ... & Gleason, M. (2022). Using unoccupied aerial vehicles to map and monitor changes in emergent kelp canopy after an ecological regime shift. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.
Vallejo, J., Sanchez, K., Roozee, E., & Temby, O. (2022). Disaster resilience versus ecological resilience and the proposed second causeway to south Padre Island. Case Studies in the Environment6(1), 1714379.