David   W.  Hicks

Professor  

Office: BLHSB 2.816A
Phone: (956) 882-5055
Email: David.Hicks@utrgv.edu

Dr. David W. Hicks





Selected Publications


  • Shelby Bessette, David Hicks, and Alejandro Fierro-Cabo. "Biological assessment of dune restoration in south Texas," Ocean and Coastal Management 163, (August 2018): 466-477.

  • David Hicks, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, Richard Kline, Dale Shively, and Brooke Shipley-Lozano. "Artificial reef fish survey methods: counts vs. log-categories yield different diversity estimates," Proceedings of the 68th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, 2016, 2016: 74-79.

  • Maria Cooksey and David Hicks. "Characterization of a South Texas mesophotic reef epibenthic community. ," Proceedings of the 68th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, 2016: 259-263.

  • Linda Jordan, David Hicks, Richard Kline, and Maria Cooksey. "Mesophotic Reef Fish Communities of Two South Texas Relic Coral-Algal Banks: North Hospital and Hospital," Proceedings of the 68th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, 2016: 66-73.

  • Erin Easton and David Hicks. "Complete mitochondrial genome of Callogorgia cf. gracilis (Octocorallia: Calcaxonia: Primnoidae).," Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources .

  • Rebekah Rodriguez, Erin Easton, Thomas Shirley, John Tunnell, and David Hicks. "Preliminary multivariate comparison of coral assembles on carbonate banks in the western Gulf of Mexico. ," Gulf and Caribbean Research .

  • David Hicks, Liana Lerma, Jonathan Le, Thomas Shirley, John Tunnell, Rebekah Rodriguez, and Andres Garcia. "Assessing fish communities of six remnant coralgal reefs off the South Texas coast. ," Proceedings of the 66th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute .

  • David Hicks. "Molluscan ecology and habitats ," Encyclopedia of Texas Seashells: Identification, Ecology, Distribution, and History. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M Press, : 28-75.

  • D Gentry, S Sosdian, E Grossman, Y Rosenthal, David Hicks, and C Lear. "Stable Isotope and Sr/Ca Profiles from the Marine Gastropod Conus ermineus: Testing a Multi-proxy Approach for Inferring Paleotemperature and Paleosalinity," Palaios 23, no. 4 : 195-209.

  • S Sosdian, D Gentry, C Lear, E Grossman, David Hicks, and L Rosenthal. "Strontium to calcium ratios in the marine gastropod Conus ermineus: Growth rate effects and temperature calibration.," Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems (G3) 7, no. 11 : 17 pp..



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • David Hicks. NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, NOAA , $2,975,000.00 (August 2016 - August 2021)

  • David Hicks. Commercial Launch Site: Active Construction Species Monitoring Plan, SpaceX, $61,493.00 (September 2017 - September 2018)

  • David Hicks. Artificial reef biological monitoring and research program FY 2016-2017; now "Artificial reef biological monitoring and research program FY 2016-2018", Texas Parks & Wildlife Department , $633,323.00 (September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2018)

  • John Breier. Developing a Predictive Ecological Model for the Lower Laguna Madre: Forecasting Ecosystem Shifts and Changes in Key Ecological Indicators, Texas One Gulf- Center of Excellence, $191,372.00 (March 15, 2016 - May 31, 2018)

  • Diego Figueroa. The South Texas Banks Ecosystem: Oceanography, Biodiversity and Genetics, Texas Sea Grant Program, $179,027.00 (2015 - 2017)

  • David Hicks. Rio Grande Valley Reefing Site Pre- and Post-Deployment Monitoring, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Artificial Reef Program, $308,841.00 (October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2017)

  • David Hicks. Commercial Launch Site: Active Construction Species Monitoring Plan, SpaceX, $60,297.00 (August 15, 2016 - August 15, 2017)

  • John Breier. A Wave Glider for studies of biofouling and ocean productivity , Department of Defense HBCU/MI Instrumentation, $452,029.00 (June 2, 2016 - June 1, 2017)

  • David Hicks. A regional ecosystem approach for the conservation and sustainable management of coastal and marine resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Florida A&M University, Lead Institution, $15,000,000.00 (September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2016)

  • Karl Berg. Commercial Launch Site Pre-construction Species Monitoring Survey , SpaceX, $60,000.00 (October 2014 - October 2015)



Selected Presentations


  • Chelsea Pavliska and David Hicks. "A review of octocoral distribution in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico," Benthic Ecology Meeting, Corpus Christi, Texas (March 2018)

  • Erin Easton, Rebekah Rodriquez, Maria Cooksey, and David Hicks. "Assessing coral assemblages inhabiting relict coral banks off the south Texas coast.," Benthic Ecology Meeting, Corpus Christi, Texas (March 2018)

  • Doug Faircloth, Erin Easton, and David Hicks. "Evaluating responses of benthic macrofauna to artificial reef placement in the Gulf of Mexico ," Benthic Ecology Meeting, Corpus Christi, Texas (March 2018)

  • David Hicks, Erin Easton, Rebekah Rodriguez, and Maria Cooksey. "Assessing coral assemblages inhabiting relict coral banks off the south Texas coast. ," NOAA Educational Partnership Program Forum , NOAA, Washington, D.C. (March 2018)

  • David Hicks, Erin Easton, and Rebekah Hernandez. "Southward expansion of Lionfish (Pterois spp.) across mesophotic coral ecosystems of the Texas Gulf of Mexico ," NOAA Educational Partnership Program Forum , NOAA, Washington, D.C. (March 2018)

  • Richard Kline, Daniel Alder, David Hicks, Gary Glick, Dale Shively, and J. Shipley. "The Rio Grande Valley Reef: Incorporating Low-Profile Nursery Areas into Artificial Reef Design," 147th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society: Marine Artificial Reef Research and Development: Integrating Fisheries Management Objectives I, American Fisheries Society, Tampa, Florida (August 2017)

  • David Hicks, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, Richard Kline, Dale Shively, and Brooke Shipley. "A decade of monitoring fish populations at the Texas Clipper Artificial Reef: how long is enough? ," 147th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), AFS, Tampa, FL (August 2017)

  • Diego Figueroa, David Hicks, and Nicole Figueroa. "Phylogeography of an estuarine copepod, Acartia tonsa (Copepoda; Calanoida) from the Texas Gulf of Mexico," 13th International Conference on Copepoda, World Association of Copepodologists, Los Angeles, California (July 2017)

  • Leticia Contreras, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, David Hicks, Crystal Martinez, Claudia Tamez, and Mario Marquez. "Ecosystem functional and structural characteristics affected by freshwater inflow in negative estuaries," Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Honolulu, Hawaii (February 2017)

  • David Hicks, Linda Jordan, and Diego Figueroa. "Mesophotic fish communities of relic reefs off the South Texas coast.," Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Honolulu, Hawaii (February 2017)

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EEMS 7300 07 - Thesis I:
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MARS 3430 A - Marine Biology Field Methods:
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BIOL 6185 01 - Graduate Research:
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BIOL 5340 01 - Statistical Ecology:
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EEMS 7100 01 - Continuing Thesis:
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