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Adjunct Curator of Malacology

Research Interests

Distribution and ecology of biotic communities along the Texas coast
Coral reefs of the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and Yucatan Peninsula
Effects of oil spills on the marine environment
Systematics, distribution, and ecology of mollusks

Recent Appointments

Dr. Tunnell is the Director of the Center for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

He is also the Associate Director for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.

Education

B. S., Biology (Chemistry Minor); Texas A & I University: August 1967
M. S., Biology (Geology Minor); Texas A & I University: August 1969
Ph.D., Biology; Texas A & M University: December 1974

Select Publications

Withers, K. and J.W. Tunnell, Jr. 2003. Data summary: benthic macroinvertebrate communities, NCA 2001-Texas. TAMU-CC-0304-CCS. 46pp.

Tunnell, J.W. Jr., E.H. Smith, T.W. Bates, and S.J. Dilworth. 2003. Shallow water reef - lagoon assessment of "Casa Ruby", Sian Ka'an Biophere Reserve. TAMU-CC-0307-CCS. 12pp.

Withers, K. and J.W. (Wes) Tunnell, Jr. 2003. Data summary: benthic macroinvertebrate communities, NCA 2002 - Texas. TAMU-CC-0308-CCS. 30pp.

Tunnell, J.W. Jr. and F.W. Judd (eds). 2002. The Laguna Madre of Texas and Tamaulipas. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas.

Dokken, Q.R., I.R. MacDonald, J.W. Tunnell, Jr., T. Wade, K. Withers, S. J. Dilworth, T.W. Bates, C.R. Beaver, and C.M. Rigaud. 2002. Long-Term Monitoring of the East and West Flower Garden Banks, 1998-2001. OCS Study MMS 2002-000. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, Louisiana. 85 pp.

Tunnell, J.W. Jr. and B.R. Chapman. 2001. Ecology of nesting seabirds on the Campeche Bank Islands, southeastern Gulf of México. Atoll Research Bulletin.

Dokken, Q.R., I.R. MacDonald, J.W. Tunnell, Jr., T. Wade, C.R. Beaver, S.A. Childs, K. Withers, and T.W. Bates. 2001. Long-term Monitoring of the East and West Flower Garden Banks, 1998-1999. OCS Study MMS 2001-101. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, Louisiana. 120 pp.

Hicks, D.W., J.W. Tunnell, Jr., and R.F. McMahon. 2001. Population dynamics of the nonindigenous brown mussel Perna perna in the Gulf of México compared to other world-wide populations. Marine Ecology Progress Series 211: 181-192.
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