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Early-Career Research Fellow - Diego Figueroa

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The National Academies of Sciences and Engineering Gulf Research Program (NASEM GRP)


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

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NASEM Gulf Research Program Fellowships


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Education and Outreach

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Nearshore/Littoral Zone

Project Description

Dr. Figueroa is an assistant professor in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He received his B.S. in marine biology from the University of Alaska Southeast and his M.S. and Ph.D. in biological oceanography from Oregon State University. Dr. Figueroa’s work focuses on establishing a baseline of oceanographic and biological characteristics of the near-shore region of the South Texas Gulf Coast, one of the least-studied areas in the entire Gulf of Mexico, to serve as a foundation for long-term oceanographic monitoring. His research focuses on how oceanographic processes, anthropogenic effects, and climate change impact the biodiversity and connectivity of marine habitats. Dr. Figueroa works with zooplankton in coastal and open ocean environments and with corals in the deep sea. Dr. Figueroa uses multivariate tools for community analyses and a wide range of molecular methods to answer ecological and evolutionary questions.


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