Dr. Antonietta Quigg

Dr. Antonietta Quigg is the Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG). She is a Regents Professor in the Department of Marine Biology (TAMUG) and has a joint appointment in the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University in College Station (TAMU). Dr. Quigg also has graduate appointments in the Marine Biology Interdisciplinary Degree Program (TAMUG), Department of Marine Science (TAMUG), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Interdisciplinary Research Program (TAMU) and the Department of Life Science at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.

Dr. Quigg uses photosynthetic organisms (phytoplankton, seaweeds, seagrasses, wetland plants) as proxies to investigate consequences of environmental perturbations on aquatic environments. Her research is conducted in a diversity of places from Galveston Bay (Texas), the Gulf of Mexico, to Prince William Sound (Alaska) and further afield to the Gulf of Aqaba (Israel), Moreton Bay (Australian), and others. Laboratory studies compliment field based research and involve examining the composition of ballast water, the fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles as well as potential use of algae as an alternative fuel source (biofuels).

Since arriving at A&M in 2003 she has (is) participated in more than 50 extramural research awards (total of >$20 million) funded by NSF, NOAA, EPA, GOMRI, Texas Sea Grant and other agencies. As the principal investigator, she has raised more than $10 million. Further, she has been awarded ~$700,000 from competitively conferred internal grants to faculty at TAMUG and TAMU. As a result, she and her group of postdoctoral fellows and students have published >120 peer reviewed papers since 2003 in a variety of journals including Nature, Science, Limnol. Oceanogr., Limnol. Oceanogr. Letters, PLOs One and the Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences. In fact, the first paper in Limnol. Oceanogr. Letters was led by Dr. Quigg and her colleagues. Her research is presented at conferences around the world and she is frequently invited to give talks.

Dr. Quigg is a member of professional societies including the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography and the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. She reviews at many papers each per year, most frequently for the Journal of Phycology, Coastal and Shelf Science, Journal of Plankton Research, Estuaries and Coasts and the Bulletin of Marine Science and serves as an editor for two journals. Dr. Quigg frequently reviews grants from a variety of agencies. She has also has severed on panels for NOAA and the EPA.

Dr. Quigg serves on numerous committees — both at the university and in the community, in part due to her role, and in part due to her various passions. She was the first female faculty member in the Department of Marine Biology at TAMUG in 2003. Amongst her greatest passions are serving and promoting fellow women and minority students (English is also her second language). Her roles include promoting education and outreach, mentoring, collegiality and support amongst all members of the campus and broader community.