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Cat served as a park naturalist for Texas Parks and Wildlife before deciding to return to school. She holds a bachelors of biology and currently works as a graduate research assistant in Dr. David Hicks’ lab. She is preparing her thesis project that will involve examining functional and structural metrics to assess ecosystem status of the recently inundated (2005) Bahia Grande. By gathering fish and benthic community data from Bahia Grande, San Martin lake and South Bay, she hopes to help create a Biological Integrity Index that can be applied to transitional aquatic habitat (i.e. estuaries) restoration efforts on a National level. She is working with a team of graduate students to create this index, each of them studying different metrics. The overall project satisfies “NOAA’s long term goals for healthy oceans and resilient coastal communities and economies.”

Click here to watch a video about student Claudia Tamez and her research
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